153 years in the future the earth doesn't look much like it used to.
Holly Danger's current assignment, gleaned from a set of foggy instructions and a handful of coin stuffed into a slot, is to pick up a street kid who's about to terminate himself off a cliff. And, as a rule, she doesn't turn down coin. Her job as a salvager keeps her fed and clothed above the norm, which isn't saying much.
The norm in this city is a scrape-by existence in a post-apocalyptic world, where the rain never dies, food is always scarce, and the elite have deserted the ranks in search of something better. Picking up the urchin won't take her much time, even if he's located outside city limits. Her craft is fast, her weapons deadly, and her tech has been optimized as well as it can be for a climate clogged with iron dust.
But things take a big turn when she decides to keep the boy instead of hand him over. Outskirts have descended on the city and their plans don't include playing nice. It's a good thing her Gem is primed and ready to go. Her laser fire is almost as deadly as she is...
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The debut of Amanda Carlson's new post-apocalyptic sci-fi series! Danger’s Halo heralds the exciting debut of author Amanda Carlson’s new post-apocalyptic science fiction series set one hundred fifty years into the future. I’m a huge fan of Amanda’s and have inhaled everything I’ve ever read by her. As far as I know, this is the first time she’s ever ventured into sci-fi – but, no worries, she clearly has it aced. This series revolves around a smart, strong and capable kickass heroine, Holly Danger, a talented salvager with trust issues in the futuristic world Amanda has created. Holly prefers to work alone, but she has a close-knit team populated by a colorful assortment of characters that provide backup when needed. The bare bones scenario of the world is that life on planet earth has become a daily hazardous struggle after humanity was nearly destroyed by a meteor strike. Meager remaining resources are dwindling with every passing day. The future looks even bleaker. Power plays are the name of the game and the government that is left has no care for the survivors trying to eke out an existence. As the story opens, Holly has been hired to track down and return a street kid to a mysterious client. The client has promised to pay with hard-to-come-by coin so this isn’t a job she wants to ignore. She easily finds him, but what should be a quick and easy job, swiftly becomes complicated when she sees herself at that age in him, and, in a spur of the moment decision uncharacteristic of Holly, offers to protect and sustain him for a year instead of turning him over to her client. Of course, this agreement is predicated on the kid’s decision not to end it all by jumping off the cliff he’s currently perched on. Thankfully, an agreement is reached and brave and vulnerable Daze becomes Holly’s responsibility for a year, setting off multiple repercussions - most notably placing Holly and her team squarely in the cross hairs of the powerful and influential client Holly stiffed by not returning Daze to him. Please find a few of my favorite quotes from Danger’s Halo: “Does everything you own stink?” --- “Daze was within a daze.” --- “Darby, stop fondling my batteries.” This is not a romance. If you are looking for a romance, look elsewhere… though that may change further into the series as a character is introduced herein who may evolve into that. I hope so, but it’s way too early to tell. Emma Wilder provides the excellent narration for Danger’s Halo. I’ve never listened to her previously, but I thoroughly enjoyed this audio edition. Her voice is crystal clear and easy to understand from the get-go. Her pacing is spot-on and she exudes the expected emotions. Her character voices seem appropriate for each persona and they are consistent throughout. The result is a polished performance and pure listening pleasure. I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another audio by her based on this experience. This opening salvo was an intriguing, fast-paced. non-stop adventure teeming with suspense and danger. The story line hooked my attention from the get-go and didn’t let up until the very end, keeping me on the edge of my seat for much of the ride. I really enjoyed this first installment and can’t wait to see where Amanda is going to take these characters and this series next. If you enjoy futuristic adventures with amazing characters, strap yourself into Holly’s craft which she named “Luce” and hang on!
I love Holly! I am all for strong female lead characters, and Holly is the epitome of just that. She’s a futuristic intelligent, technological, independent, confident, remarkable woman, with a heart. The futuristic world is dangerous, and most spend their days just trying to survive, but Holly spends her days scavenging for anything useful to her team and finds herself accidentally helping others in the process. I love how this trilogy begins. It can also serve as a read alone with no issue, but I want to read book two now. Overall, Danger’s Halo is a huge 4-star book.
Their is a lot to enjoy in this new Sci-Fi Fantasy series by Amanda Carlson. Ms. Carlson is departing from her usual genre and diving into something new. She has brought her characters and world to life. Her writing engrosses the reader from the beginning and keeps you hooked until the end. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic / Star Trek type world. A meteorite hit earth and life was pretty much killed off. Only a handful of humans are serving, well struggling to survive. It’s a dangers and hazardous place to live. Holly our lead character is pretty awesome. I liked her. She’s resourceful, has a good head on her shoulders, and has made a living for herself as a scavenger. As a scavenger she salvages items to barter for anything she may need. She tends to not trust anyone and expects the worst. With her past, what little we get, and the world as it is, I can see why she expects the worst and trust is a no no. I absolutely loved the part where it’s reveled on how Holly gets her name Holly Danger. Though Holly is alone in the world, with her mother gone, she has managed to find people, her crew, and let them into her life. They have, in away, become a family. The book was a little slow at first since we are getting introduced to a new type of world, but things pick up and we are on a another fast-paced adventure with mystery and danger heading for Holly and her crew. I had a delightful time with Holly and her friends. The plot is interesting and will continue into the next, so I can’t wait to see what is next for our gang. Rated: 4 Stars *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Amanda Carlson with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
Amanda Carlson has been a favorite of mine for a while now. She is one of the few authors who I will drop everything for a chance to read her books. When she offered me the chance to read this I knew there was no way I would turn that down. Once again she has come out with a winner. This is unlike anything I have read before. It looks, and feels, like a sci-fi dystonian story, but it also reads like an urban fantasy. Holly is sarcastic and puts off a no-care attitude. She is also smart, brave, loyal, cautious, and despite the no-care attitude she exudes, she has a big heart. I loved the setting of the story! It is definitely a future I wouldn't want to find myself living in, but I could actually picture how a world could end up in that situation. The story is not sci-fi in the way of an alien, or star trek, story, but it is a dire futuristic tale. I really don't want to give anything away as far as plot of this wonderful book because I really think you should read it for yourself. I will say that even if you don't think you are a fan of dystopian or sci-fi you should read this. Amanda Carlson fills her books with wonderful characters and descriptions that put you right in the action. There is never a point where you don't fully comprehend what is happening. This is an action packed story from beginning to end. My heart was racing and I felt like I couldn't read it fast enough, while at the same time I dreaded reaching the end. I have already read this story more than once, and I will admit that the wait for the next one is killing me. This is at the top of my favorite books of 2017. I received an ARC of this book and I'm voluntarily leaving my honest review.
This book caught my eye for a couple reasons, one I love Amanda Carlson's books, two that title is awesome and three the premise looked different and interesting. I was most certainly not disappointed, I was grabbed from the very first moment. Remember your history lessons on why the dinosaurs were wiped out? A meteor is the best theory going around. Now imagine that another tries to wipe out humanity - only a few hundred years into the future, after technology got a lot better. That meteor very nearly succeeded and earth is now a very hostile place to live. Only the determined actually eek out much of an existence for themselves. Sounds a bit bleak? Only it's not, as the author manages to make this place literally come alive on the page, the attention to detail is astounding and the characters immediately come to life in your mind. For Holly Danger, a tough salvager, pilot of her craft 'Luce' and part of the best crew in town, life is slightly above average. Usually tough as nails she doesn't know what comes over her the day that she offers to be 'sustainer' (be the responsible adult) for a kid who is trying to commit suicide. Daze, the kid, will break your heart a little, so brave and vulnerable. However this sparks a chain of events that Holly couldn't even begin to imagine and the journey it takes her and her crew on. In the process she meets a tough new stranger, who provides some interesting theories on why Holly has been involved. This story rocked my world, I stayed up till late to finish it and a day later all I can think about are these characters and what they are going to do next. Holly, Daze and her crew became so alive to me, their problems mine, I sat on the edge of my seat for a good half of this! Non stop adventure and intrigue. And what's so gripping about all of this? I normally read fantasy to escape, and whilst this is not exactly every day events, it is so frighteningly a possibility. And if it did? Well this sums it up beautifully. With the well thought out science, the tiny little details that make it believable, the chance of where technology might take us and what would happen if we lost it all. A highly recommended read.