Deep in the trenches of Europa's ocean Jonas discovers an abandoned undersea science facility, and although the magnificent ship he salvages from it is even better than the sunken treasures of old, the mystery lurking within this facility is chilling.
Once surfaced, Jonas must quickly discover what he is made of and reconcile the collapse of his near religious belief in science and his sudden position within the sights of an assassin's gun. When he learns of the brutal and bloody coup that has transpired in his absence, Jonas must venture into the abyss and help his friends and family take back the colony from the hands of ruthless mercenaries before it's too late.
Jonas, together with an old mentor, and his two best friends finds that there are still people who will fight for their freedom against those who would enslave the people of their colony. Through faith, cunning and simple good luck, they just might manage to overthrow their oppressors and return peace to Europa. In a beautifully woven tale of betrayal, love, tragedy and redemption, author J.A. Sanderlin fights an interplanetary war for Europa, and the freedom of the people who live there.
J.A. Sanderlin resides in Texas with his wife and spends his time studying physics, biology, natural history, weapons, and martial history. He enjoys scuba diving, rock climbing, and mountain biking, and hopes to join the literary ranks of Dumas, Doyle, Lewis, Blackwell, Lamour and Clancy.
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Science fiction has changed a lot since I read it as a young person in the days of Heinlein and Asimov. But of course it has to, since I was taught that science fiction was the science of the future. Mr. Sanderlin has not disappointed me in that respect. Europa is the first in his series entitled The Black Chronicles. It is going to be interesting to see how the stories unfold as Jonas Black discovers the world outside of the mining company on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons and his domicile of choice at the beginning of the story. Jonas and his father build a futuristic craft, named Manta that Jonas plans to use to investigate the unexplored underwater world of Europa. After he leaves on his journey, unbeknownst to him, his home is taken over by mercenaries. "It was always easy to stay where you were comfortable, to never step out and try something new. Jonas did not want to be one of those unadventurous people who never tried anything. He did not want to grow old and wish he had done more, or at least made the attempt. It was not that he didn't enjoy peace and quiet, but he did not want to miss the chance to take a look around at all the galaxy had to offer." As the story unfolds, Jonas loses Manta to the mercenaries, but gains another ship in which he has installed the artificial intelligence of Manta and with the help of his best friends and an old friend of his parents; he deals with the mercenaries and the death of his parents who were killed by the mercenaries. The author is going to have an exciting and memorable series with The Black Chronicles as he follows Jonas and his friends through the future. I am looking forward to reading his next book. Mr. Sanderlin lives in Texas and spends his time studying physics, biology, natural history, weapons and martial history. A true scientist.
I could not put this book down! It was an exciting futuristic story but it hauntingly resembles our world today! It makes you think, feel and search your place, where you are at and where you will be in the future. J.A. Sanderlin is in tune with not only himself but our world today. I am going to keep an eye on him and his future work, he is going places! I can not wait for the next book. I bet it will be as spell binding as this one. Keep up the great work! I'm looking forward to the next adventure.
The entire book is so original...it was quite refreshing to read such a "new" kind of story. Definitely never been done before. From the characters to the plot, the minute details of the ships, to the living quarters...absolutely amazing! I must admit, I thought it was a science fiction book at first glance. Which don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Star Wars fan. However, this book is not what it appears. Yes, it has science (the first chapter in fact, is quite deep), and yes, it's fiction. BUT... its futuristic setting is practically based in reality. So cool! It honestly has appeal for every reader out there.