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Falling Stars
     

Falling Stars

4.0 12
by Erin M. Klitzke
 

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Gattica Province died five years ago and sparked a war between the Earth Federation and the Epsilon Alliance. Cat Anders left E-Fed service after she learned the truth about the attacks on her home, defecting to the Alliance as a fighter pilot. She’s good at what she does, and she knows it.

When she’s assigned to the Iron Vipers commando squadron

Overview

Gattica Province died five years ago and sparked a war between the Earth Federation and the Epsilon Alliance. Cat Anders left E-Fed service after she learned the truth about the attacks on her home, defecting to the Alliance as a fighter pilot. She’s good at what she does, and she knows it.

When she’s assigned to the Iron Vipers commando squadron as their dropship pilot, she figures that her job just got easier: no more dogfights, no more wingmen, no more personnel reassignments to destroy squadron morale and fighting trim. All she needs to do is shuttle a commando squad from point A to point B while there’s a war on. It’s a cake assignment for a fighter pilot like her, a ‘reward’ for faithful service.

Life has a way of throwing curve balls when you’re not expecting them, and Cat’s about to catch one right in the stomach.

She’s not the only one who survived the death of Gattica Province after all…

Product Details

BN ID:
2940032807735
Publisher:
Erin M. Klitzke
Publication date:
09/16/2011
Series:
Epsilon Universe , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
828,164
File size:
399 KB

Meet the Author

Erin M. Klitzke has been writing since she was an adolescent, though most of those early works will never see the light of day. She got her BA in history and anthropology from Grand Valley State University and her MA in history from Oakland University, and much to her mother’s occasional dismay, what she does with those degrees is write fiction.

She lives in Detroit’s northern suburbs and enjoys reading, sewing, gaming, and renaissance festivals when she’s not creating her own worlds. You can find her on the web at www.embklitzke.com, e-mail her at doc (at) embklitzke (dot) com, and follow her on Twitter at @EMBKDoc.

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Falling Stars 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick, 100-page, light read great for a commute or flight. Preview of the author's next book included.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About 35 pages of actual story. The premise is that ace pilot Catherine Anders lost her entire family when Gattica was destroyed. There's a political backstory that's only briefly touched - she's discovered who caused the destruction of her home and family, and defected with a squadron to the Alliance, who are fighting against the E Force. This story picks up as she reports for a new assignment with an elite squad, as the dropoff pilot for their secret combat missions. Too much time spent on how she has to cut herself off from her emotions and not be afraid to die in order to be most effective at what she does as a pilot. Gradual unfolding of the additional characters, her connection to the wounded soldier and his "brother", basic development of their relationships, the dangerous mission where someone gets left behind, and ultimate rescue efforts to bring that person back. Wanted more backstory on the history of the conflict that gave rise to the alliance, why she has pilot skills, more descriptive detaila, and more story and character development. For example, most of the vipers in this short are names only, no real description or backstory, and she starts to care for them because she has meals together, and plays cards with them. There was a lot of missed opportunity to develop relationships, create real combat action sequences, and describe in gritty details her world as a pilot. This is OK as a start, and works as a stand alone story. Believable universe, interesting premise, but only two stars because it lacks details, needs more development, and generally feels like the basic beginning outline to what could be a full novel. Disappointed because I wanted more than this story offered, but don't be discouraged - just go back and rewrite by filling in the conversations, descriptive details, characters, and environment needed to turn this into a full book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love stories like this. With a strong female lead that is kick ass and also has a heart. Would loved to have more of the story. But if you have a couple hours then its a good choice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed. Maybe too short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely written tale.
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Its very whiney, but a decent read.
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Liveing room knock.