When the Stars Walk Backwards

When the Stars Walk Backwards

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by Kristine Williams
     
 

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Military pilot Mac Brennan was looking forward to a quiet, peaceful retirement. He signed on with a group of scientists heading out into deep space to join a colony, forgotten during the 20 year Union War. They promised him lavender grasses, clear blue skies, and untold miles of wild, untouched nature where a man can return to the roots of living free, and in harmony

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Military pilot Mac Brennan was looking forward to a quiet, peaceful retirement. He signed on with a group of scientists heading out into deep space to join a colony, forgotten during the 20 year Union War. They promised him lavender grasses, clear blue skies, and untold miles of wild, untouched nature where a man can return to the roots of living free, and in harmony with the world. A home where he could indulge his love of flying, and the easy job of policing a few thousand pre-occupied scientists and colony builders. What he found were the destroyed ruins of the original colony, evidence of horrible destruction, an outdated AI full of riddles and offering no answers, and one survivor - a young man with no memory of what happened, and an unspeakable fear of night.

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ISBN-13:
9781257238903
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
12/01/2011
Sold by:
LULU PRESS
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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When The Stars Walk Backwards 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ElisaJanna More than 1 year ago
Mac Brennan's adult life consisted of war, 20 years of war to be exact, and he's ready for a change. When he's offered a job as a pilot on a one way trip to a 20 year old colony and the job of security officer when they arrive he decides that this peaceful sounding life is the one he wants. The trip is just what he expected. The arrival has a few surprises! The colony of nearly 300 has been reduced to 1. A young man named Bryce Keegan who has amnesia with the physical scar to prove it. Bryce has spent the last 10 years, the only ones he can remember, alone. His only companion was an insane AI computer. Bryce is not prepared for the invasion of so many people especially when they want answers from him and aren't particular about how they get them. Fortunately Mac's protective instincts kick in and he takes Bryce under his wing finding in this damaged young man the little brother he always wanted. Together, and in Bryce's case somewhat reluctantly, they set about solving the mystery of the lost colony and the dangers that the night brings. What works: This is a straightforward mystery/science fiction story. It is told from the perspective of the two main characters and takes you on a discovery of the world in which they live and the lives they are trying to create for themselves. The story is written to entertain and that is what it does in a simple and easy to follow but not childish way. What could use some work: The book is a little long and could have been edited a bit to make it shorter. A few of the references to how much Mac likes the abundance of water for swimming, showering, and bathing could have been shortened or deleted altogether and some other things could have been tightened up to make this a somewhat smaller book. Also an extra edit for words like "new" when "knew" was meant and other similar mistakes would not have been amiss. Final thoughts: I simply like this book. It is a nice break from epic works with multiple political systems and so many characters that you need charts and graphs to keep track. The plot is interesting but not complicated and the characters are likeable. Objectively I would have to give it a 3.5 to 4 star rating because it could use an edit but for me it will always be a 5 star book because I enjoy it just that much.
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BlackB More than 1 year ago
I really couldn't put this down. I have read one other book by Kristine and loved it but this one will be hard to beat. It is a long book, with a long build up the the climax and a nice fulfilling coast to the close leaving you satisfied at the end. The descriptions are vivid, entertaining and the story makes sense. Great book!
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