Aristeia: Revolutionary Right

Aristeia: Revolutionary Right

by Wayne Basta

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Overview

A former naval starfighter pilot, Maarkean Ocaitchi once fought to protect the Alliance and its principles of freedom and democracy, but his sister's rebellious past forced them both into a life of smuggling. He nevertheless refuses to believe her assertions that the whole system is corrupt... until she is arrested and condemned to death as a traitor.

Now, Maarkean must decide where his loyalty lies, and will either spark a rebellion or help crush the spirit of democracy once and for all. The experience will challenge everything he thinks he knows about resistance, loyalty, and friendship.

Written in the spirit of heroic space adventure, Aristeia: Revolutionary Right is the first book in a series by new author Wayne Basta.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983618560
Publisher: Grey Gecko Press
Publication date: 12/19/2011
Series: Aristeia Series , #1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)

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Aristeia: Revolutionary Right 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
gmflex More than 1 year ago
Aristeia: Revolutionary Right was a fun read with great pacing and interesting characters. I particularly enjoyed the attention to detail during action sequences. I found that when I discovered what I believed to be a plot hole, the author had anticipated my thinking and provided detail that addressed the hole. Overall, a well edited and carefully thought out book. The action doesn't let up all the way through to the end. I'm looking forward to seeing what Mr. Basta does next with this universe. NOTE: I was provided early access to the book for review, however, the opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story really is well written, keeping my interest from start to finish. I was initially alarmed by the fact it was mainly from the perspective of the alien (granted, one with very human-like psychology) and that there was early mention of pacifists. I steadied myself for the inevitable “message.” I was wrong. For the American reader, especially if you’ve ever seen the musical 1776, you will recognize the gut wrenching, difficult, and painfully thin thread between revolutionary and terrorist. Anyone from any part of the world will likely recognize the theme. History is rife with the duality of revolution (just try the synonym function in your word processor for the word revolution and you get insurrection, uprising, and mutiny). Basta’s first installment of the trilogy artfully captures the pain of making that difficult decision between treason and freedom and the leadership it takes to make such a revolution happen. It is not preachy. You will not always like the way the characters think and you may not always like their decisions. However, it is an exciting cross between military action and inter-species psychological drama that keeps the reader wanting to see what happens. I dislike authors who build up tension for the majority of the book and then resolve everything in a page or two. No, Basta does not do that here. However, he comes darn close in places where he builds up tension with second by second detail only to be followed by a sentence transitioning us to a couple of weeks later. It makes my head hurt. I realize it is not possible to keep the same level of tension and minute by minute action throughout, but sometimes it seems like the author got a bit tired of that particular part and was eager to move on (or perhaps revised it to make the book shorter). Despite my rant above, I found the book to fun, interesting, and hard to put down. Do not hesitate to read this book. Now, I have to get my hands on the second one.
A_Stevens More than 1 year ago
I'm not normally one to seek out books in this genre, simply because though I may enjoy reading them I know that every space age series, book, show, comic or otherwise is going to have its own political system, its worlds will be differently structured, there will probably be different species etc etc. And with as much as I read, that can get incredibly confusing after a while. That being said, I really enjoyed reading Aristeia. The beginning was a bit clunky and kind of hard to follow only because Basta chose to act like the reader already had some knowledge of the world and the creatures we were dealing with, instead of giving in depth descriptions of each and every different species. As the story progressed, I began to enjoy that particular feature because it kept me from being bored with miles of descriptors and allowed me to build these creatures in my own way with just basic guidelines as provided by the authors imagination. As the story progressed, I found myself drawn to the realistic characters and especially to the captivating plot. I started to recognize the political climate and a lot of the sentiments expressed could apply to any time, any government, and any group of people. Once I had finished reading, I was doing a little searching and discovered that "Aristeia is a scene in the dramatic conventions of epic poetry as in the Iliad, where a hero in battle has his finest moments (aristos = "best"). An Aristeia often results in death." Now that I know, I just keep having little "aha" moments because it makes so much sense and brings new meaning to the title. Please, know the meaning going in. It really makes a difference, I kept reading and hoping that Aristeia would pop up as the name of a planet or someones surname, but I like this better because it really helps to tie the book to every era and every group of people. There were some times, while they were talking about race discrimination mostly, that I was reminded of the Ender's Game series (also a great read if you have not yet had the chance). Aristeia is well written and thoughtful, easy enough to understand as long as you can hold onto the information that you are presented and meld it with later information to create the entire picture. Aristeia is a book that I would recommend to most of my friends, though it is definitely not for everyone. I am excited to begin the second installment and see how the characters will continue to develop!!
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I was reminded, very much, of Star Trek as I read this sci-fi novel. In fact, I recommended it to my brother and mother because, growing up, they were really into all the different Star Treks and space adventure TV shows out there, and I really think this is up their alley. Likewise, I believe any lover of space adventures will enjoy this novel as Basta creates a highly detailed world complete with spaceships, intense weaponry, aerial fights, and other worlds that are highly interesting. While I’ll admit I’m less into sci-fi explanations and more into the character development, I think Basta did a fantastic job with both. He creates many interesting characters, and I really enjoyed getting to know them as the story unfolded. Maarkean and Saracasi were my favorite and, in my opinion, the most developed of the characters. They felt very real and, though I’m not necessarily an epic sci-fi fan myself, I cared about their world and their freedom, and their predicaments and disposition really made me want to continue reading the story. I had a little bit of a problem keeping all the characters straight, as there are many and their names aren’t exactly easy to pronounce, but overall I think Basta did a great job building up his universe alongside his character development. In general, I believe those who enjoy the occasional science fiction novel will like Aristeia: Revolutionary Right, while those hardcore science fiction lovers out there will adore it.
JulieIrene More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read another by this author! I liked it so much that I gave my Dad a copy.
Claire80 More than 1 year ago
I'm the first to admit that I wouldn't immediately grab a sci-fi book off the bookshelf to read, but I'm very glad I gave this one a chance. This book brings about some very interesting takes on morality and government control, but this doesn't detract from the action-packed space battles. Basta draws you in to his world immediately with the detailed descriptions of the different races and their relationships with one another, as well as painting in-depth pictures of the different worlds. The characters are very well developed and I found myself immersed in their world, rooting for Maarkean and his crew to prevail. This book is exciting from start to finish and whilst one may think the technical details may proove too complex for your average non-sci-fi savvy reader, Basta uses an appropriate level of detail that will appeal to fans of all genres. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
DominickD More than 1 year ago
Aristeia: Revolutionary Right Wayne Basta has created a complex and believable universe as a backdrop for Aristeia: Revolutionary Right. The characters are compelling, delightfully interesting and drive the story forward. The humor is subtle and an unexpected joy. This is definitely science fiction but also has the feel of an old time western with well-choreographed action. Character development and plot are well written and engaging. We feel for the characters and their plight. For a first book, Mr. Basta has done a very nice job of giving a unique voice to each of the many characters and aliens. The journey of the main character from military officer to mercenary to reluctant hero is reminiscent of the character Han Solo in the Star Wars universe and I found it quite satisfying. The plot moves along nicely. I strongly recommend this book and can not wait for the sequel.
scififan000056 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes I’m looking for a good, entertaining space opera, and Aristiea fit the bill perfectly. On top of that, it also raised some interesting and deeper questions about loyalty that made it stand above the average whiz-bang interstellar adventure novel. Above all, it’s a well written book, especially on two counts: plot and characterization. I’m always disappointed when I can tell where a book is going to end up after the first couple of pages, but Aristiea defied all my expectations. It plays around some standard sci fi narrative ruts, but never falls into any of them. I was genuinely surprised at the twists and turns of the story, and that made it a fun read. Second, I thought the characters were exceptionally well drawn. They weren’t just cardboard cutouts. They had different ideas and opinions and perspectives, and they were handled with equal measures of sympathy and complexity. It wasn’t just righteous good guys against evil bad guys, with no one able to see outside their narrow range. Characters, particularly the main one, actually change and develop. One of the things I liked best about the book was getting to know the core cast of players. As I said above, the book is also more about blaster fights and space battles. It’s also saying something about the nature of allegiance, to friends, to family, and to governments, that seemed both timely and compelling. Again, I enjoyed this theme mostly through the characters’ (primarily Maarkean’s) development. Overall, I’d highly recommend this book, both as a fun read and as an exploration of some important issues around loyalty.
BrandonHeyer More than 1 year ago
Aristeia: Revolutionary Right is an amazing introduction novel from Wayne Basta. I am in no way an avid pure science fiction reader (I enjoy several of the sub-genres but typically skirt past real science fiction), and often don't enjoy the laborious descriptions that authors can slip into to set up their fictional worlds. Basta skips that, and I believe that is why this book was so enjoyable. Don't get me wrong, he does establish the realm for you but does it in a way that makes you forget you are even reading a sci-fi novel. There is hyperspace, different species, and phaser battles, yet the way Basta moves the story along, you never feel like any of it is out of place or doesn't make sense. Some characters have mandibles and artificial gravity on even the smallest spaceship is the norm. No matter how outlandish the idea, Basta makes it all feel so normal. Which is important, because the true heart of the novel, at least in my eyes, is not about deep space or alien races but a revolutionary coming into being and a reflection on a tumultuous 2011. Whether or not it was the authors intent to have such a timely revolutionary novel be published at the close of a year of revolutions, I am not sure. However, it is fitting, and I loved every page of it. Some of the rising action wasn't the strongest, I wasn't completely sure where things were going at the start (but neither was the protagonist), but by the last quarter of the book I couldn't put it down. This is a great read for sci-fi addicts and newcomers alike. Even those that turn a blind eye to novels where ships can slip into hyperspace, I would suggest you pick this up. It will seem more familiar than you could ever think possible.
Lt_Archer More than 1 year ago
Prior to reading this, I had no idea what the word Aristeia meant. Not that the book outright tells you though. I had to look it up on Wikipedia. But now I know, and they say knowing is half the battle. Being the first book by newly minted author Wayne Basta, I can imagine many people may pass this one up simply because they've never heard of him. But I can guarantee his writing is solid, entertaining and humorous. Everything a good book should be. Fans of the show Firefly or Star Wars will not be disappointed- because that's precisely what this book is. A delightful western influenced sci-fi with all the adventure and rebellion that exemplifies such a unique genre. The heroes are consistently at odds with the governmental Alliance. Many times the characters must call their morals into question. It gives them a sense of relatability and realism in a galaxy full of interesting aliens and social issues. Since this is the first in a prospective series of books to come, I'm looking forward to where Maarkean and Saracasi's exploits will take them. The revolution has only just begun.