Wreck of the Nebula Dream

Wreck of the Nebula Dream

by Veronica Scott

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BN ID: 2940014259989
Publisher: Veronica Scott
Publication date: 03/19/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 262,325
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library full of books as its heart, and when she ran out of things to read, she started writing her own stories. Married young to her high school sweetheart then widowed, Veronica has two grown daughters, one young grandson and cats.

Veronica’s life has taken many twists and turns, but she always makes time to keep reading and writing. Everything is good source material for the next novel or the one after that anyway, right? She’s been through earthquakes, tornadoes and near death experiences, although nothing is as stressful as meeting a book deadline. Always more stories to tell, new adventures to experience—Veronica’s personal motto is, “Never boring.”

Veronica is the USA Today Happily Ever After blog's "Sci-Fi Encounters" columnist

You can find Veronica on twitter most days @vscotttheauthor or her website

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Wreck of the Nebula Dream 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Wreck of the Nebula Dream is the first in a series of science fiction romance novels. This book was recommended to me by my sister and she never steers me wrong! This was science fiction in that there were aliens and space ships, but it was not a technical NASA geo-physics type science fiction novel it was more Guardians of the Galaxy adventure. Very tongue in cheek, fun, adventurous and yes, romantic! Captain Nick Jameson is on leave and has to take transport on the Nebula Dream, a new cruise ship that has all the luxuries that a military man really doesn’t give a damn about. However, to get from point A to point B, it’s not a shabby way to travel, and Nick sets in for 10 days in the lap of luxury. Mara Lyrae is on business, and even though she takes notice of Nick, she doesn’t have time for him. Until, just like with the Titanic, the ship strikes an asteroid field and the Love Boat turns into the Poseidon Adventure. Nick, with his skills in the military takes charge of a small group and tries to find a way off the ship. He does not leave Mara behind, of course! This was a short novel, but really a lot of fun! Nick and Mara have great chemistry, and Mara is also no fainting lady in waiting. She has been trained in firearms and holds her own in dangerous situations. If you like sci-fi and a hint of romance (think pg-13, this is no bodice ripper!) you’ll also enjoy this novel. Check it out! ❤❤❤❤
RabidReaderReviews More than 1 year ago
Wreck of the Nebula Dream follows Captain Nick Jameson and never shifts point of view from that primary character. Nick is the undisputed leader of the pack of survivors and while he's not perfect, he's the one to which the others defer as someone who can get them out alive (though one or two need some convincing). For the first quarter of the novel, Scott sets up her story and acquaints us with Jameson. Nick has had a troubled past and messed up his last mission. He is extremely lonely and on a bit of a downward spiral. Scott cleverly uses the time in which she aquaints us with Nick to set the progression of her story. He is a military officer and as such has a guided tour of the ship. He's accustomed to traveling in gravity tubes. In his spare time he saves a child and contemplates spending some empty time with woman who works hard to appear vacuous. Scott also uses the time to introduce Nick to the key players that will accompany him later in the story. The key player are all indeed key players. None of the characters are marginalized or along for the ride. Even the 3 year old acts to further the story-line. There are no shrinking violets and wilting lilies. None of the characters are robbed of their moment to shine just because strong and handsome Nick is running the show. Scott accomplishes quite the feat by introducing a warrior bound by ritual and his service to the Red Lady and yet gives him a trust and bond with Nick that serves to get the survivors where they need to go. Never for a moment do any of them doubt Nick's experience. The women in Wreck of the Nebula Dream are strong in spirit and character. Mara is a contracts expert who bravely does what she needs to do without regard to her own safety. She refuses to board a life boat insisting that there's plenty of time to leave once she makes sure the children (trapped in their room with their mother at that point) are safe. Twilka, the socialite desperately trying to seem vapid, may have her own interests and own priorities but when she's needed, she steps up to action. The character is given realistic moments of panic but she pulls herself together and trusts that if she does what she's asked, she can't help but win. While the action story-line is constant after the 25% mark, there is a love story element that is well done and doesn't unrealistically distract from the peril these characters face. There's no time to duck into a closet and have graphic sex and it does not happen to pander to an audience. What Scott presents us is well thought out and sensibly constructed. She shows us the world in which she's writing rather than telling us and that world is so complex I have to think that there was a story board involved. Had I not gone into this novel knowing the Titanic parallel, I might not have recognized it. The lack of life boats may have called the tragedy to mind but really whether inspired by the disaster of a century ago or not, Scott presents us with a story that feels independent and new.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I really, really enjoyed this novella. Let me disclose up front, I am a huge Titanic buff. This is a double-edged sword when it comes to a novel or story drawn heavily upon Titanic. Because it’s possible we will love it, and equally possible we will hate it. I loved it. The first chapter includes a scattering of people in the shuttle to the Nebula Dream who are all called upon later in the story, without being overwhelming. It also gives our hero, Nick Jameson something heroic to do. Yeah, heroes in action! Nick’s love interest is a business executive named Mara Lyrae. Mara doesn’t have much to do in the first third, besides serve as eye candy, but she does prove to be a strong character and not a wilting violet by story’s end. The world created here is very strong and well-drawn. I really enjoyed the Socialites, or ‘Lites, the equivalent of the Gilded Age millionaires of the Titanic era, the jetsetters of the 1950s, or the Kardashian and Hilton sisters of modern day. Right down to fashions and attitudes, although ‘Lite Twilka proves to be less shallow than most of her set. I loved the inclusion of children - both as innocent victims to be saved, and as participants in their own rescue/salvation. There are details that match or run parallel to those of the Titanic. For instance, in both ships, there are no lifeboat drills. In each ship, there is an officer McElroy; in the Nebula Dream, I believe he is the second officer, whereas in the Titanic, he was the Purser. In others, there is a vast divergence. In the Titanic, there were dining salons, and lounges. In the nebula dream, the large gathering place is the casino. In the Titanic stories, Second Officer Lightoller believed the ship was sentient - and didn’t like its crew or passengers. On the Nebula Dream, there is an AI, a very young artificial intelligence, who actually cares for the passengers and crew, and is as eager to please as a little puppy. Obviously a spaceship cannot sink, but it can lose all its oxygen. And it can wander into unfriendly territory. There was very little that put me off about this novella. Occasionally there were clichés, such as “the silence was deafening.” The action does not flag, the romance is perhaps a little uneven, but in the end, satisfying, and good triumphs in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not very impressed with Scott's "Priestess of the Nile" so I took a chance with "Wreck of the Nebula Dream." I am glad I did. Though a tad long-winded in places, it is nonetheless an exciting sf adventure filled with danger, narrow escapes, vile aliens, and noble heroes. The characters are fascinating, and the world-building excellent; I hope Scott returns to this fictional universe. The romance is also very subtle and sweet. Readers who prefer straight sf to sfr should enjoy "Nebula Dream." Recommended to fans of Linnea Sinclair and Zoe Archer. -- lyradora
Anqui3tas More than 1 year ago
An exciting adventure. A Must Read!! If you are unsure get the sample, and you will be hooked!!