"Welcome to a world of Space ships, aliens and genetically adapted warriors"
The United Colonies and Novaya Rus Empire have allied to
fight the Nefrim who leave nothing living when they attack.
No one knows what inspired the Nefrim's attack on humans.
When a wormhole drive from 'UCS Fenrir' lost 10 years ago
in a mis-jump appears near Plymouth Space Station, Captain
Mikhail "Misha" Ivanovich Volkov is called. Was this anomaly
part of a plot? As only son of the Tsar of the Novaya Rus
Empire, he agrees to this possible suicide mission for their
allies, but on his own terms.
The 'Svoboda' with its crew and Reds risk everything to zero
out in a jump. Reds are genetically adapted warriors with
cat-like abilities raised in crèches and many do not
considered them human. Mikhail's foster brother and Red
commander, Turk and Rabbit, the runt of a Red crèche, do not
fit preconceived notions.
Rather than the usual black of space, endless blue encircled
Mikhail and his crew when they jump. The 'Svoboda' comes
out of jump with their ship in orbit near land - in the sky?
This world does not function by known rules - not even
time! They were now in the SARAGASSO where space ships come
in and can't go back. The fate of the two universes depends
on Mikhail being the first to get back alive!
A spaceship crashing into a vimanas [floating island] was
just one more disaster in a string of bad luck for Paige
Bailey, her family crew and their ship 'Rosetta'. Next came
the need to trade with civs which lead to her rescuing a
Red named Turkish Delight and "Turk" was a delight Paige
found hard to resist!
As in her previous novels, Ms Spencer tantalizes readers
with her imaginative and believable alternate reality.
SARAGASSO is a universe with its own rules and generations
of crashed ships from various worlds including aliens such
as civs, minotaurs, Hak and seraphim.
Her characters have strength and integrity that you
appreciate all the more from flash-backs of their life. The
motivation to choose 'action over inaction' as well as the
conflict of good and evil adds another dimension bringing
the characters to life. The romance is a tastefully
presented sub-plot and the wit in the dialog keeps a fast
pace with their adventures.
Ms Spencer's talent as a storyteller will not disappoint!
The action and adventure is well presented and once you
start reading, you won't want to stop until the story ends
and then you still want more time in this world!
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Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted October 7, 2007