A distress signal on the edge of inhabited space. Two very different soldiers with one common goal: survival.
When a distress signal is received from a black-ops space station on the edge of inhabited space, Captain Saul Harris of the UNF Aurora is called in from leave to respond. But the mission is not what it seems. Information is thin on the ground and three new recruits have been added to the Aurora crew.
For Corporal Carrie Welles, one of the Aurora's new recruits, her first mission in space seems like a dream come true. Determined to achieve the success of her father before her, and suddenly thrust into a terrifying mission, she must work with her new captain and the strained Aurora crew to make it home alive.
When the Aurora arrives at the station Harris and Welles soon find themselves caught up in a desperate fight for survival. Station Darwin is not what they expected. The lights are off, but somebody is home...
AURORA: DARWIN is the first book in the emotionally-charged space opera 'Aurora' series by Amanda Bridgeman. If you like character-driven science fiction with plenty of drama, suspense, action and a hint of romance, then you’ll love this thrilling cross between The Expanse, Battlestar Galactica and Alien series.
About the Author
Born and raised in the seaside/country town of Geraldton, Western Australia, Amanda hails from fishing and farming stock. The youngest of four children, her three brothers raised her on a diet of Rocky, Rambo, Muhammad Ali and AC/DC. Naturally, she grew up somewhat of a tomboy, preferring to watch action/sci-fi films over the standard rom-com, and liking her music rock hard. But that said, she can swoon with the best of them and is really not a fan of bugs.
She lived in 'Gero' for 17 years, before moving to Perth (WA) to pursue her dreams and study film & television/creative writing at Murdoch University (BA Communication Studies). Perth has been her home ever since, aside from a nineteen month stint in London (England).
She is a writer and a film buff. She loves most genres, but is particularly fond of the Spec-Fic realm. She likes action, epic adventures, and strong characters that draw you in, making you want to follow them on their wild, rollercoaster rides. Her debut novel Aurora:Darwin was published with Momentum in May 2013; the sequel Aurora: Pegasus was published in December 2013; and Aurora: Meridian will be released in September 2014.
When she's not writing, she loves to travel and partake in a little photography.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Aurora: Darwin is the first in a science fiction series by Amanda Bridgeman. I feel like I've been a fan of this series since before I read it. Book 3 Aurora: Meridian was available on Netgalley so I bought the first two to get ready for the third but instead of reading them, I put them away, then bought Meridian, tucking it away as well. That was months ago. I didn't start them until a week ago since I was waiting for the 'right time' like waiting to enjoy good chocolate, coffee, bubble bath or a really fine pen. I didn't want to finish them and be in that place where I couldn't read them again for the first time. So with book 4 out in a few of weeks I took the plunge and devoured all three in a matter of days. Darwin juxtaposes its two main characters, Welles and Harris, in terms of rank and gender. The biggest challenge for Welles is the simple fact she's a woman. Her presence and that of the other two women on the Aurora is treated as a joke by the existing crew, a fact that doesn't sit well with her. I was engaged and angry for Welles since I know full well what it can be like to have to work twice as hard for half the respect. Wait, did Ms. Bridgeman just knock me out of my 'sci-fi females are just as bullet proof as the men so don't even think about making me imagine myself as anything less' fiction comfort zone? Yup, she sure did. As a forty-something woman, I realized my escapism reading allowed me to avoid the realities of many women in service everywhere, even in the fictional future. That isn't to say I don't completely enjoy immersing myself in a story in which I can imagine myself as something I'm not (it's why I read fiction, after all.) But I suddenly found myself identifying with a female lead in a whole other way. She isn't super-tough, indistinguishable from the men except for the fact her 'plumbing' is indoors and their's is outdoors. Welles is a woman and she's strong; she's a strong woman. She's great. She also makes decisions I can identify with, doesn't accept that her best isn't good enough and won't stand for dismissal or BS from anyone. To me, she's believable and real and the heart of the story. Captain Saul Harris is the second heart but in a very different way. As the man in charge of the Aurora, he has to be. To me, he's also a strong lead even though I connected more with Welles. I appreciated how well he could be the commander each of his soldiers needed. I also liked the rest of the crew, Doc in particular, as he weaves between Welles' perspective and Harris'. Aurora: Darwin combines science fiction, adventure and action through the lenses of both the bottom ranks and top ranks of Aurora's crew. As the mysteries of Darwin Station reveal themselves, Ms. Bridgeman challenges the developing bond of the crew with mystery, violence and the dark side of the UNF. I loved this great start to the series.
Thoroughly entertaining. It doesn’t take long to realise that Amanda Bridgeman has an obvious talent for writing Sci-Fi books. I really enjoyed the plot. Especially since it had me guessing, with what was going to happen from one moment to the next. I really liked not knowing what was going to happen at the Space Station. Captain Saul Harris is a bit surprised when he’s told him, that he and his crew are being sent to investigate a distress beacon on a small Scientific Space Station. It’s even more surprising when he’s told there will be 3 new females joining his crew. Colonel Isaack isn’t sure what the problem is on the station, but they have lost communication, and have no other way of finding out what is going on. The powers to be aren’t quite prepared to tell Captain Harris what the Darwin Space station is used for, besides that it’s classified, and biological in nature. They are very keen to keep this quiet, as they don’t want any negative publicity involving space. Especially with the plans for establishing a colony on Mars. With scientific experiments being carried out at the station, they may be in for a surprise in what they find. I really enjoyed the background the Author has put into each character, and I loved the anticipation of not knowing what the crew would encounter on the Darwin. This is a memorable book and certainly well worth reading. Great characters, and a very interesting and entertaining story.