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Koban (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Stephen W Bennett
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Book 1 of a series. (REDUCED AS A SORT OF A LOSS LEADER INTO THE STORY ;-)
We colonized seven hundred planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military.

Then the Krall found us.

The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

Koban is an uninhabited high gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability. We are useful only if we can fight well. If not, they will destroy us swiftly, as they have others. They already have slave races, and we are poor tasting meat animals. The Krall will use us, if worthy, to seek physical perfection using the attrition of war, one planet at a time.

Growing weary of human physical weakness, the ruthless Krall are on the verge of a decision to eliminate our race quickly. A ship containing bio-scientists is captured for combat testing on Koban. The urgent choice for Captain Mirikami and the scientists is simple: Prove we can produce better, smarter fighters, or humanity is doomed to rapid extermination, rather than the slow eradication the Krall prefer.

However, the Krall are only part of the problem. We have to survive Koban’s gravity and superfast animals. The huge tiger-like rippers with skin contact telepathy are predators too fast even for armed Krall to face. The Human genetic solution: If you can't beat them as you are, become like a ripper.

The Krall will learn another species can bypass natural selection.

(Book 1 was edited and proofread again, by an expert, July 2013.)

Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2 of the series, was published February 12, 2013.

Biographie de l'auteur

I was born in 1942, so I'm an autumn rather than a spring chicken. I live outside of Tampa, Florida with my fabulous wife Anita, and one remaining son at home, Montana. I have three older boys, Mark, Gary, and Anthony, all of whom have married and presented us with terrific grandchildren. I read hundreds of books by the science fiction greats growing up, and thousands of fair to not so greats in dual novel paperbacks and magazines. My education gravitated to science, starting out as a physics major and my depression era folks told me I'd never make a living as a theoretical physicist (probably right, and Cosmology wasn't a career field then), so I moved to Electronics Engineering. I did most of that in the aerospace field for MacDonnell Douglas Corp, in St. Louis, Mo. I worked on the F4 Phantom project, and briefly on Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), before the fickle fates of government finance forced contract cancelations. I devoted (read: I was drafted into) two years' service for the US Army from 1965 to 1967. A great two years, and the Army, caring not a whit for my electronics background, offered this draftee a job as an Air Traffic Controller. Cool! After discharge I spent a short time back at MacDonnell Douglas before the contract reductions laid me off, and was hired by Emerson Electric (1968), working on the design of a neat heads-up fire control system for the Army's new Cheyenne Helicopter (to be a 270-knot hybrid fixed wing/rotor craft). Never heard of it? The fickle fates of Army finance is why this time, plus Lockheed didn't keep the airframe part from crashing and burning at a crucial point in development. I taught Electronics for about eighteen months (near starvation wages after the high pay), and finally decided to try my hand at actually supporting my family again. I hired on with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller in 1970. Thanks Army! I spent exactly forty years in federal service, deciding in 1979 to use my technical background to work on writing features for the software of the FAA's Terminal Automation Systems (for 28 of those 40 years). Retired, I now work as a consultant/contractor for the FAA, supporting a software feature I helped create. I finally decided to try my hand at writing what I love to read, Science Fiction. My Koban series is doing very well. I hope you enjoy the books. Steve Bennett

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4186 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 490 pages
  • Editeur : Stephen W Bennett; Édition : 24 (16 août 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B008YNZC0I
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent! 13 mars 2014
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either the style than the story with good ideas, is excellent!
I'm finishing the second one and will buy the third book
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une série à conseiller... 19 juin 2013
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Une histoire prenante, des héros convaincants mais pas toujours héroïques et un contexte qui est très original. Le résultat ; des heures de plaisir. Allez-y ça vaut son prix !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great start to a new series 22 août 2012
Par O. Chughtai - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book since there were many fresh ideas that complemented some of the more repetitive sci-fi concepts employed. Mr. Bennett takes a harder, in-depth stance on the science in his book that may be a turn off to some, but I rather enjoyed the inclusion. I was a bit concerned that the book would be dry and bland from the somewhat tedious prologue, but once he gets to the actual story, things rapidly pick up. A lot of what is introduced in the prologue is either repeated later in the narrative, or could probably be reworked into the narrative in different ways to make it more engaging and seem less like a dull history lesson from the future.

The pacing of the book is a bit unusual, it does not really build up to a single climax but maintains a rather high level of action with less energetic interludes that were interesting and helped build the world and characters. The chapter structure could use a little work also since some of them just suddenly ended in a way that felt a little jarring. As I got more used to his style, I didn't mind it as much since the story completely held my interest.

Proofreading could use a little work, but coming from an indie author with a low price of admission, I would only take off half a star at most. No typos were in evidence, but missing words and awkward sentences caused minor problems in flow. This is also a rather long book so you will get a lot of reading for what you do pay, some trilogies are not much longer than this debut novel.

I truly hope that the next book in this series comes out quickly, but if Mr. Bennett is making book 2 anywhere as long as book 1, it could take a while.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Engrossing 20 août 2012
Par xteeve - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I took a chance, and was richly rewarded with an engrossing read.

A well written and polished story, that hit on most of the themes that draw me to science fiction; Space, Aliens, Evolution, War, High tech, discovery, exploration.

The plot keep things interesting. Hat off if this is a first effort, but it reads as the work of an experienced writer. The Universe is well constructed, and consistent.

Death and conflict as a forge, a planet as an anvil.

Satisfyingly long, but left me wanting for more, despite 2 days of marathon reading.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Read 11 octobre 2012
Par rbl - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this book to those interested in science fiction. The character development is done nicely. The science fiction technology is interesting and integrated into the plot line cleverly. Toward the end of the book, the editor must have gotten tired or so involved in reading the book that several grammatical edits slipped through (I wish there were a way to feedback edits to the author/publisher on these e-books). The needed edits are not a problem to the read; I forgive the author for these, commend him on the story-line and anticipate the follow-on book. The first book is a complete read and one is not left with a cliff hanger waiting for the next book, however there are a number of tantalizing hints of things to come and my imagination started building possible scenarios. It will be fascinating to see where the author goes with the story.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great story, I await the sequel 6 octobre 2012
Par Capromeryx - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I loved the story. The aliens that are fierce, but not terribly bright, the method of space travel involving using alternate universes as propulsion..........my only complaint was the rather awkward method of writing. I felt at times like I was reading a "Dick and Jane" book. Conversations punctuated with "She said" and answered by "Bill replied". The author missed a chance to describe in detail the environment of Koban. Other descriptions and settings were rather scant as well. I am hoping that the sequel shows a more sophisticated writing style and that the characters and surroundings are described in more detail. I am not asking for James Mitchner, but a little more "meat" to the story and less childish dialog would be welcome.
PS: I do not mean this to be a criticism of the author, but rather I would hope, some helpful suggestions. I seriously doubt that I could write a story as inventive as this one, and applaud his efforts overall. I just had some trouble paying attention at times with the problems I mentioned above. Nice job!!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Start to your standard Standard Space Opera 7 février 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Koban was a novel that I enjoyed for a weekend read. I could follow along with how the various cultures came about and found the plot moved along reasonably well. I will say that I found he Krall a little bit over done. I would think that in general their whole best predator mindset would have taken a bit of a beating somewhere in the whole 25,000 years of their conquests. If they really are that technologically stupid then why have their slave classes haven't successfully staged some kind of revolt (or sabotage of their system). I understand the Raspani devolving but the Prada and Torki might have a sub-culture simply waiting for their chance.

I look forward to the second book but wonder just how the rest of the human race will fare against the Krall if the effect of the gene-war is as complete as was implied. I think in general that it can't be for any number of reasons and expect that we will see a large change in human space soon.

In general I'm quite curious about the 2nd planet that was observed in the Kobani system. It was behind the star when the Fancies arrived, was it visible to the other new arrivals? You implied it could be class M, I would think it could be reachable if they fix some of their ships. You mentioned the need for a control group that could interbreed with the Kobani what better way to separate them then putting them on a 2nd planet.

I am a bit surprised that no other civilizations (while not being aggressive) were technologically advanced and defensive enough that the Krall wouldn't find them almost impossible to conquer.

Can't wait for the next book (I fell I picked this up at a good time since your discussion says it should be out before valentines day.

gallandro
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