Solar System Blues: A Ride Into a Star in Seven Songs

Solar System Blues: A Ride Into a Star in Seven Songs

by Andrew J. Patrick


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A fugitive of Old Earth, captain of a stolen, self-aware ship, Burton is a man on a personal mission of the highest importance: to find the human race a new home amid the stars. He's got the tools, he's got the genetic material, and he's got a teenage first mate, who may or may not be his daughter.As the planets roll past and the secrets roll out, Burton will confront the very past he hoped to leave behind. But in the meantime, he has the music of the ages to kick back to.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781490545707
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/27/2013
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Although Andrew J. Patrick has been inventing stories since his misbegotten youth, Solar System Blues is his first novel and first attempt at sic-fi.

Andrew lives in Maryland where he pretends that he will learn how to play the guitar. His wife and daughter are most supportive.

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Solar System Blues: A Ride Into a Star in Seven Songs 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SPRcom More than 1 year ago
Solar System Blues by Andrew J. Patrick is an exhilarating read. As Burton and his teenage assistant hurtle through space in search of a habitable planet, the reader is taken along for the ride. The opening pages do not offer many answers or reasons as to why Burton is in space. In fact, the beginning is so ambiguous that some readers may wonder why they should continue with the story. But that’s the point to the beginning. The author is using this vagueness to draw you into the story and to make you ask: what and why. And to get the reader more invested in the story and to care about Burton. There is much to like about this story. Burton is an interesting character: witty, flawed, loving, determined, and obsessed. The teenager is your typical teenager. She wants to rebel but has no friends to rebel with. That doesn’t stop her from doing what she can do to antagonize the one adult in her world. Even in space there’s no controlling teenage hormones. The world building is subtle and the author avoids too much information dumping on the whole. This book is a quick read and is only 140 pages. While the action and mystery come at the reader fast, after you get past the first few pages, it doesn’t feel overwhelming. There are times when I think it would behoove the author to spend more time explaining the back story. Most of it is told in flashbacks and while the basics of what and why are explained, the entire picture was not crystal clear. Some readers may want to know more as to why one man thinks he can save the entire human race. The political intrigue and espionage are hazy and that may be the author’s intention. History has shown over the centuries that reasons are not always fully formed even if zealots believe in them wholeheartedly. On the whole I think many people would enjoy Solar System Blues. It’s quick, easy, and entertaining. And the ending might surprise a few. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.