Space … the final frontier … At the summer camp where I live and work, this year’s theme is a Star Trek/Star Wars style space opera mash-up, so I spent the past three weeks helping build a starship bridge set for our drama (it looks amazing, by the way), and now spend my afternoons piloting said “starship” in said drama, so I assume that may be why I have space on my mind. I drift through it in my dreams. Catch myself humming the Star Wars theme. And expect either Spock or Darth Vader around every corner—don’t ask me why.
So when I went to set up this month’s giveaway post, I found myself selecting a genre I hadn’t exactly been planning on picking quite yet. But the old brain has a mind of its own apparently, and so this month, we’re focusing on deep space science fiction. *grins* To be completely honest, I tend to be more of a fantasy reader myself, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed my fair share of sci fi.
For these giveaways, I always try my hardest to choose books that I’ve read and enjoyed, and once I had settled on the genre, the giveaway choice practically leapt into my hands. This is a series I can completely and totally recommend. Not only is it well written and well thought out, but it is narrated by a character that you can’t help empathizing with and it bears a beautiful Christian message that is natural and rooted in the story.
It’s the Dark Trench Saga by Kerry Nietz! The best part of all? The first book is currently free on ebook, and I’m offering you a chance to win ebook copies of books two and three! Enter through the Rafflecopter below, but first … a bit about the series.
A Star Curiously Singing, Book One
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Sandfly is a debugger. He is property. Bought and paid for by his master, a relatively benign lord in a future Earth living under sharia law. All other faiths but one have been banned. And the word of the great Imam is supreme. Sandfly just wants to debug his master’s robots and avoid the mental pain shocks sent from the remote triggers owned by all the masters. But now he’s been called into Earth orbit. Apparently the masters have a new spacecraft—one capable of interstellar flight. And on its maiden voyage, the only robot on board went mad and tore itself limb from limb. Why? Better question: does it pose any risk to humans?
When Sandfly reviews the bot’s files and replays its last moments, he hears something strange playing in the bot’s ears as they orbit Betelgeuse. He hears singing. Is it just solar winds interfering with the robot’s wiring? Or is it something else? As Sandfly pieces together the clues, the masters spread the trap before his feet. Everyone is racing to the same conclusion, but only one side welcomes what that singing represents.