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A Galaxy Unknown: (A Galaxy Unknown, Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Thomas DePrima
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June 6th, 2267 - A life-pod, missed by rescuers following the mysterious explosion of a Space Command vessel a decade earlier, is discovered by a passing freighter in deep space. A young officer, still cocooned in stasis sleep, is found inside. When revived, Ensign Jenetta Carver learns of the lawlessness that now suffuses interstellar space. Pirates and slavers seem able to attack and pillage with impunity. Space Command has committed its full resources to stopping the anarchy, but criminal groups have grown immensely powerful.

Although determined to rejoin SC as soon as possible, Jenetta is captured by pirates before that can happen. At first she fears for her life, but when she's indelibly marked as a pleasure slave, she gets mad; fighting mad. And when they tamper with her DNA to make her appear sexier, she gets even madder; killing mad.

Can a petite blonde, cut off from Space Command, create more mayhem among the criminal elements than a full decade of SC effort? You'd better believe it!


From the back cover:

For all of her young life, Jenetta Carver had dreamed of cruising between the stars in a powerful spaceship, but nothing in her visions of a bright future even remotely resembled the perilous situation she now faced.

Lt. Sabella, her face slightly flushed from physical exertion, returned from her task of readying the ship’s weapons and crossed the bridge to stand by the left arm of Jenetta’s command chair. “What’s the plan, Captain?” she asked. Though an anxious look swathed her face, there was unmistakable resoluteness in her voice.

Jenetta breathed in deeply and then released it before answering in a voice lowered so that it only carried to her XO. “We’re going to have to slash and burn,” she replied.

“Slash and burn?” Gloria questioned, equally sotto voce.

“We don’t yet know what we’re facing, so we can’t prepare anything tactically sophisticated. We certainly won’t be able to arrange for a convenient artificial mountain as cover this time, and it’s a given that whatever Raider ships we’re about to face are considerably better armed than we are. So— surprise will perforce serve as our main weapon. I intend to slash our way in with as much speed as practicable, dump our envelope, and then burn down any enemy ships that we encounter before they can do the same to us.”

“That’s it?” Gloria asked, wide-eyed. “That’s your whole plan? Shoot them before they shoot us?”

132,000 Words - 426 Pages

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  • Editeur : Vinnia Publishing (4 juin 2010)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Trop c'est trop. 20 juin 2014
Par Julien Du
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J'ai tenu sept tome de cette série. J'ai été très emballé au début, comme le pingouin lambda que je suis par l'ambiance, le space-op, les lasers, toussa.
Mais trop c'est trop.
L'auteur est d'une paresse hallucinante et il nous prend vraiment trop pour des pigeons:

- Son héroïne c'est un mélange sans subtilité d'Honnor Harrington et Carter de Stargate.
- Pour éviter de se "fatiguer" à écrire quelque chose d'original, l'auteur copie et recolle les descriptions des livres précédents pour réintroduire des personnages ou des lieux. Cela va au delà des habitudes de langage particulière, personnelles à chaque auteur, et si l'auteur ne souhaitait pas réinventer il aurait tout au moins pu paraphraser. Le résultat alourdis un style jusque là relativement efficace.
- Du coup, le contenu des livres parait un peu squelettique: les faits sont là mais ne sont presque pas décris, alors qu'on re-ballance les copiés collés en veux tu en voilà... D'ailleurs, ajouter le premier chapitre du prochain tome à la fin renforce l'impression de vouloir augmenter le nombre de page artificiellement.
- Les maladresses scénaristiques récurrentes: on ne compte plus les coups de chances qui deviennent systématiquement des "preuves du génie" de l'héroïne aux yeux des autres protagonistes... les réactions peu ou pas crédibles des dits autres protagonistes. Les incohérences dû au génie totale de l'héroïne que l'auteur à lui même du mal à expliquer.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good story 20 juin 2015
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I like the fast paced story,the small girl without defense becoming a fierce warrior doing what has to be done... Looking forward reading next time.
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Vous verrez en parcourant les commentaires anglais que le livre que je commente n'est pas le meilleur livre de la décennie. Pourtant l'idée d'une héroïne de SF qui passe à travers tout dans un contexte de Space Opera a toujours fait partie de mes genres favoris (je suis un fan de Weber et Moon On Basilisk Station The Honor of the Queen Heris Serrano Against the Odds) et c'est exactement ce que vous retrouvez ici... Sauf que Jenetta elle est trop... Trop tout ! Et trop tout trop vite ! Et du coup pas tellement crédible. Je pense que l'auteur a voulu aller trop vite et en faire trop vite une super héroïne. Ceci étant dit en version électronique (ça vaut sans problème 4 euros mais sûrement pas 13) le récit se lit et on en sort avec l'envie de lire la suite (ce qui est quand même à mon avis un vrai plus par rapport à d'autres livres). J'en suis au troisième volume et c'est toujours plaisant même si la trame de l'histoire devient très téléphonée (et qu'elle commence à un peu trop ressembler à certaines autres histoires qui font parties de mes favoris). Je lirai sans doute les autres (on s'attache à nos héroïnes et on a envie de savoir ce qu'elles deviennent) même si là je commence à trouver que c'est tiré par les cheveux. En bref : osez les trois premiers volumes vous ne serez pas déçus pour les autres vous verrez bien si vous accrochez ou si la surenchère vous contrarie au point d'aller voir ailleurs.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Un hommage au Space Opera 28 septembre 2013
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J’ai acheté ce livre car le synopsis m’a plu. Puis j’ai lu les critiques en anglais et surtout les réponses de l’auteur (maladroit !) et j’ ai laissé le livre au fond de mon kindle. Après avoir lu « Rainbows End » J’avais envie de lire quelque chose de léger et de facile. J’ai repêché « A Galaxy Unknown » et je n' en suis pas déçu. C’est un vibrant hommage au Space Opéra de l’Age d’or de la Science-Fiction. L’Auteur a lu Heinlein, Campbell, Anderson, est un très grand fan et a voulu écrire son interprétation du Space Opera. Tout comptes fait, Il a réussi!
Je trouve d’ ailleurs certaines critiques réellement injustes, certes l’héroïne se révèle très vite superbement compétente et chanceuse pour tout ce qui touche le combat spatial, et Alors ? C’est un poncif du genre. On ne parle pas d’un roman d’introspection psychologique, c’est de l’aventure avec un grand A. Il y a des Pirates de l’Espace (très méchants) et es Ninja cat girls (au moins une, très jolie, très mortelle), des bases secrètes, des Extraterrestre qui parlent anglais (pas tous), des vaisseaux qui font 10km de long, des explosions et des médailles à la fin. Que demander de plus ?
Il est vrai que le style est un peu lourdingue (si je le remarque, c'est que c'est vraiment lourd), mais c’est un premier roman. Je donne à l’auteur le bénéfice du doute et je vais continuer à lire la série.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 OK Book But Could Be Better 16 mars 2011
Par Mary Ellison - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I wish there was a way to give a 3 1/2 star rating to a book, because I really do believe that A Galaxy Unknown is better that a 3, but I can not in good conscience give the book 4-stars. I have loved space opera SciFi ever since I first read the Lensman Series by E, "Doc" Smith in the late 50s and early 60s. It's fast paced and doesn't bog the reader down with complex attempts to reason how things work or why. They just do. It is "fiction" afterall. In the case of A Galaxy Unknown, the author holds to this truism. He makes no attempt to explain how faster than light travel is achieved. Nor should he. The concept is well established in space opera, and those who want a more rational approach to interstellar travel should look elsewhere for their next book. Perhaps they will find it in a local college physics class. The same sentiment can apply to the use of superheros. Space opera has been filled with them for as long as I can remember, so get over it.

The book makes extensive use of military operations, so there are spectacular rescue operations, tragedies, space battles of near epic proportions, and government stupidity enough to satisfy anyone. All of this is good fun and mostly easy reading, in that the book does not ask the reader to make any moral judgements or ponder any deep, philosophical thoughts.

So why only 3-stars? The answer is that the book gets off to a slow start, rather than reaching out and grabbing the reader right up front. If you try to make a judgement about this book based on a reading of the free-sample, the chances are that you will not buy the book. That would be a shame, because if you stick with it, the book will come around and get hold of you. When that happens, you will find it difficult to put it down. In my case, I just couldn't get into it until the start of Chapter 7.

Second, the author spends a good bit of time explaining how Raiders wanted to make sex slaves of the women it captures during its raids on Alliance shipping. And if that isn't bad enough, he also seems to drool over the details of their underwear, their outergarments, their boots, their makeup, and their body size and shape. He makes a big deal of extensive DNA modification to produce the ideal slave, irresistible and willing, who will do anything to please paying clients.

I'm an adult female, and a senior one at that, with an interest in SciFi, but I found myself wondering what I had gotten myself into with this book. If I wanted to read that smut, I'd buy some porn the regular way. Thankfully there wasn't too much of this in the story. As it was, I was uncomfortable enough that I finally just skipped over those parts of the book until I got back to the basics of what a good military space opera should be. It's a shame that it exists at all, because the main story line was good enough to stand on its own without turning the book into a steamy dime novel.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun to read but flawed 19 août 2010
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I struggled a bit in finding the right rating for this book.

Positives:

1) For the most part, fun to read.

Negatives:

1) At times chock-full of unnecessary exposition. The long aside explaining FTL travel added nothing to this space opera
2) The main character is a God-Mode-Sue.

-SPOILERS-
1) She doesn't age.
2) She heals like Wolverine
3) She is a better tactician/strategist than Sun-Tzu
4) She fights like Bruce Lee
5) She shoots like Bullseye
6) She literally can do no wrong
7) Everyone except clear strawmen characters love and respect her.
8) She is genetically re-engineered to be a supermodel sex-kitten who is feels pain as pleasure

EDIT=======
In fairness to the author who posted a detailed defense of his book in the comments, the above contain some elements of hyperbole.

I will also include one other criticism that I should have included originally. Suppose you came up with an immortality serum, how would you use it? How high on your list of uses is "make immortal sex slaves"?
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In a lot of ways the writing is dreadful. The superhuman main character combined with the dull exposition should have been horrible. Yet nevertheless I enjoyed the book. I even bought the sequel. This author has a lot of potential, and if the flaws can be overcome, this could be great.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Poorly written, enormous holes in plot and science, but a glimmer emerges 28 octobre 2010
Par Larry in Lafayette - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I ordered A Galaxy Unknown based on good reviews without trying a sample first. I had a sinking feeling in the first paragraph. Here it is, in full:

"A dizzying montage of abrasive red and white splashes from the overhead light slathered the room and savagely doused her sleeping form without effect. But when the red alert horn's undulating shrieks stabbed mercilessly at her body and knifed their way to the marrow of her bones, consciousness aggressively irrupted into Jenetta Carver's sleep-anesthetized brain."

Where does one start critiquing that? If they are having no effect, why are the lights "dizzying," "abrasive," and "savage"? Why would sound knife to the marrow, which is not found in bones anywhere near the ears? Why is consciousness, not sound, aggressive? Is consciousness so different from the brain that it can intrude upon the brain in an unevenly increasing manner? (Got thesaurus?)

Sentences like "... it greatly increased an already heightened state of agitation." and "The gymnastic movement evinced a legerity that contrasted markedly ..." Irrupted? Legerity? The author should tattoo Stephen King's words to the inside of his forehead: "Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule." Then the author wouldn't use words like "immurement," "pertinacious," and "sedulous." To be fair, the writing gets a little less overwrought as the story progresses. Still bad, but better.

OK, enough about the writing. What about the science, the immersion in a different time? In a word, dismal. During this time they have zero gravity, faster than light travel, and faster than light communication. But picture frames are "black anodized aluminum", mirrors and viewing ports are polycarbonate, explosive bolts hold on a protective cover on "a small radio telemetry array" (necessary to compute basic nav data, for some reason) and after a training exercise in which a power unit's "circuit rods" are replaced by our heroine, it bursts into flames.

Inconsistencies abound. Jenetta's rescue pod is almost out of power, but has maintained an artificial gravity field for 10 years (which later on is said to require significant power.) Computers can bring an FTL space ship into normal space and not let it resume FTL travel, but torpedoes have to be guided manually. Jenetta is programmed to enjoy pain (don't ask) while unconscious and is later deprogrammed in a few hours, but it takes eight to ten years to completely rewrite her DNA. Generally the science has the feeling that it is made up on the spot to satisfy a plot requirement, then dragged, kicking and screaming, through the rest of the book, leaving implausability in its wake.

OK, enough about the science. How about the plot? Here is where the glimmer of hope emerges. Not because it is anything but preposterous. But because after despairing at the ambiguity and obscurity of much modern science fiction, there is something refreshing in the naivete of a plot like the one in "A Galaxy Unknown." (Spoiler alert!) The more hopeless her situation, the more Jenetta triumphs in the end. Tattooed, trapped, brainwashed, and abused in a detention center in an enemy's hollow asteroid surrounded by 18,000 enemy? Of course she is going to escape in command of not one but two of the most most powerful ships in the known universe and blow the base up behind her. The greater her triumph, the larger the challenge that comes next. Returning Space Command's two lost ships? Of course Space Command is going to shackle her and put her up on charges for desertion, murder, impersonating an officer, etc.

I did end up reading the whole thing. But I really have some trouble understanding how anyone could say A Galaxy Unknown was well written in any way. How about a button like the "Prime Eligible" one that filters out anyone who gave this book four or five stars from affecting the reviews I see? I might start to trust reviews again. Still, I'm envious of anyone who has rated this book highly because they have obviously never read any good science fiction. What I would give to be able to have all of William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Robert A. Heinlein, Larry Niven, Vernor Vinge, Greg Bear, Orson Scott Card, Daniel Keys Moran, etc., in front of me? A lot.

If, after what I wrote, you still want to get A Galaxy Unknown, you should. And if I'm wrong anywhere, please comment. I haven't forgotten that Thomas DePrima has written and completed books that people enjoy. That is a significant accomplishment in itself, and one that I admire.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A good space opera romp 2 août 2011
Par TomXP411 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The short version of this review: I enjoyed this book.

I like this story's heroine, Jenetta Carver. I enjoyed the plot and the pacing. I thoroughly enjoyed the characterization, especially the way Jenetta's character was maligned by people who only saw her record. Personally, I've always liked straight-up "good versus evil" stories, rather than the ambiguous "dark" stories that seem to be all the rage right now. I also love "beating the odds" stories. Perhaps that is why I enjoyed this book so much. There was a lot of odds-beating going on, and our girl is pretty much of unassailable character and fighting against people that you love to hate.

As straight-up action space opera, I think this can stand up next to most of the big boys. There's plenty of action to go around, and the author does a good job (aside from the opening chapter) of setting up and developing the characters and situations. I especially love the attention he paid to distances and times; it's obvious that he wanted to actually pay some heed to the laws of physics and to the dynamics of his FTP propulsion system, something some sci-fi authors lack.

Yes, some people's complaints about the first chapter are very justified. The opening chapter feels like a high-school writing assignment, with far too many adjectives thrown in: the author constantly gives use information about the heroine's figure and appearance which distracts from, rather than enhancing the action as the young officer is running for her life. (I am mildly amused that the open scenario is one I cooked up years ago while I was actually in high school.) However, after the opening teaser is wrapped up, the author settles down in to a much more readable voice.

Aside from that, the only thing that bothered me about the novel was the Foreward. I don't think it ever ends well when an author tries to defend his work: you can simply never respond properly to a criticism of your writing. To put it simply: don't respond to Amazon reviews in the Foreward of your book. Not only does it make you seem defensive, but you're setting up the reader for disappointment before he even turns to the first page of the story. A listing on Amazon really should come with a sign that says "DON'T FEED THE TROLLS."

Perhaps the best way to determine how much I enjoyed a book is to ask whether I'll be buying the sequel. The answer is: definitely. I'm on my way to purchase the second novel, Valor at Vauzlee, right now.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not so original Space Opera 15 juillet 2011
Par Pamela J. Dodd - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book has gotten many reviews, and the sheer number of reviews, along with the description, led me to purchase it. DePrima's novel is far from original, but that is not necessarily a criticism. There are only so many plot devices, and space operas have certain limitations. Actually, I liked the blend of action and description, and I did not find the dialogue as annoying as some readers stated. The author's insistence on using specific height when introducing his fairly large cast of characters is quite annoying. Other descriptors, such as eye color, hair color, skin tone, and whether or not the character likes "fries with that" would be welcome. Worse, the author insists on retelling the story every time the characters do. Without all the repetition, this would probably be a tight 100,000 word read. If it were more carefully edited, A Galaxy Unknown would surely earn four-stars from me.

Still, the main character has her charms. Yes, the heroine is a bit like Honor Harrington, but even at the outset of David Weber's series, Honor is taking her first command, whereas Jenetta Carver is a lowly ensign. But, Jenetta is not going to remain lowly for long, and the breakneck pace of this novel is refreshing, if one judges space opera by Weber's lengthy and increasingly low action yarns.

Yes, one must really, really suspend disbelief to enjoy this story. But, since in reality the United States has pretty much abandoned manned space travel, just having humans gallivanting around the galaxy requires some mental exercise, so just let go and enjoy it. I did!
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