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Paperback Details
  • 08/2016
  • 978-1-7326287-1-7 1732628718
  • 350 pages
  • $9.99
Ebook Details
  • 08/2016
  • 978-1-7326287-2-4 B07H7QXWKT
  • 350 pages
  • $.99
Space Rogues - A Science Fiction Adventure: The Epic Adventures of Wil Calder, Space Smuggler
John Wilker, author

Wil just wanted a crew for his ship.

He got a galactic conspiracy.

 

Wil Calder is a human, the only one to leave our solar system.

But that was years ago.

Now, he’s a lonely smuggler, looking for a crew, because space is lonely and boring. Just a few folks to boss around once in a while, is that so much?

 

What he definitely isn’t looking for, a galactic conspiracy. 

 

But that’s what he and his new crew find. They’ve just met each other and now they have to save the commonwealth from war, no big deal.

 

Does this untested crew and their entirely out of his depth human captain have what it takes?

 

“If you tried to cross the Buck Rogers TV Show from the early 80’s with the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, you’d come close to the rollicking good fun of this classic space opera.” Amazon Review

 

Fans of Farscape and Firefly will love the crew of the Ghost.

 

Join the crew of the Ghost on the first of many fantastic adventures.

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 8.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: In a solidly entertaining sci-fi adventure, a NASA astronaut, kidnapped by aliens, winds up as a smuggler with a misfit crew on a mission to save the universe. Despite a happy ending, the villain escapes, setting up a natural sequel to this series of events.

Prose/Style: Dialogue-heavy at times, the book is fast-paced and fun, as well as funny. Descriptions, like the one of the robot Gabe, are precious and memorable.

Originality: The premise is not terribly original, but the book's clear nods to other sci-fi franchises suggest that the author is aware of its derivative elements. Smart-mouthed characters and familiar galactic thrills will easily engage readers.

Character Development: The handsome hero is pilot Wil Calder, a human, but it’s the aliens and the bot who shine. Bennie, the three-foot tall green hacker, really makes the book. And Gabe, the robot, seems almost human. Dynamite and endearing characters allow this adventure to take off.

Date Submitted: August 07, 2019

Reviews
Literary Titan

"An epic sci-fi tale that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat."

US Review of Books

Wil Calder’s NASA mission from Earth strands him in space. Lost and adrift, he is rescued by an alien spacecraft and put to work as part of the crew. He adapts quickly to his new life even after the crew of his new ship is attacked, leaving him the lone survivor. In need of a new crew and companionship, Wil embarks on an adventure with a band of misfits that might just become planetary heroes... if they can stay alive.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 08/2016
  • 978-1-7326287-1-7 1732628718
  • 350 pages
  • $9.99
Ebook Details
  • 08/2016
  • 978-1-7326287-2-4 B07H7QXWKT
  • 350 pages
  • $.99

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