Thursday, April 7, 2016

Admiral by Sean Danker

What could be worse than waking up on a dead ship with three trainees staring at you with suspicion?  How about being the only ones on board?  There's also the issue of how much food, water and power they have.  And there's a feeling they are not alone...

Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.

This book has all my nightmares in one place.  I have irrational fear of the dark.  I'm claustrophobic.  I don't like insects.  And I like to eat.  The folks in this story have to face all those things in order to try to stay alive.

They have special suits for going outside but they only last as long as the power cells.  They can't transmit very well because the ship has been broken up, so they send a ping to the nearest colony which is many miles away.  No rescue comes, so they must try to travel there themselves.

The Admiral isn't trusted.  He's not a typical Admiral so they hover over the idea he may be a spy, but his experience is invaluable.  It's harder to stay alive when you're with inexperienced trainees but they do have knowledge in important fields and they step up to the mark when they need to.

This whole story is full of tension.  You know there are monsters but you don't what kind.  When you find out, you'd rather not know but it's easy to die if you don't defend yourself.  There's plenty to despair about but you don't have time to do that.  I was worn out before I got to the end of the story and they were the ones doing all the work.

This is a fast paced out-of-this-world story that has plenty of drama, danger, and challenges for everyone.  It's intense but it's a very good read.

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