Rapier

October 5, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Kathy Masters never expected to journey to the stars until she was selected by the prestigious Galactic Geographic Society to photograph and get videos of the flora and fauna of a newly discovered class M planet before colonization begins. Filled with hope and enthusiasm she boards the S.S. America for the trip to Beta 3 Epsilon to begin her new project.

On the way she is abducted and brought aboard the privateer Rapier beginning her nine year sojourn among the colonies of mankind. Going from captive to slave to induction into the infamous Brotherhood Kathy finds herself being called on to raise the adopted daughter of the crew of the Rapier.

Given the responsibility to raise their princess, Cindy, with the help of Lien Lan Yi, daughter of the house of Yi and princess of the imperial court, they travel among the stars preying on merchant ships, dodging Chinese warships, fighting pirates, visiting strange worlds and encountering fantastic creatures all under the watchful eyes of Commodore James Ulysses Black.

Trying to raise a young girl among gunfights, swordfights, ship to ship battles, slave trades, deals and some of the most feared raiders in human space is no small challenge. The only question is is Kathy up to the task?

REVIEW

A well crafted sci-fi fantasy with action and adventure galore!

Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, Rapier, is such a book.

Author R. A. “Doc” Correa weaves an amazing action and adventure sci-fi fantasy, with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a very vivid and moving story of survival against the backdrop of a violent Universe where gunfights, sword fights, ship to ship battles and slave trades abound.

The book description says it all; ‘Kathy Masters never expected to journey to the stars until she was selected by the prestigious Galactic Geographic Society to photograph and get videos of the flora and fauna of a newly discovered class M planet before colonization begins. Filled with hope and enthusiasm she boards the S.S. America for the trip to Beta 3 Epsilon to begin her new project.

On the way she is abducted and brought aboard the privateer Rapier beginning her nine year sojourn among the colonies of mankind. Going from captive to slave to induction into the infamous Brotherhood Kathy finds herself being called on to raise the adopted daughter of the crew of the Rapier.

Given the responsibility to raise their princess, Cindy, with the help of Lien Lan Yi, daughter of the house of Yi and princess of the imperial court, they travel among the stars preying on merchant ships, dodging Chinese warships, fighting pirates, visiting strange worlds and encountering fantastic creatures all under the watchful eyes of Commodore James Ulysses Black.

Trying to raise a young girl among gunfights, sword fights, ship to ship battles, slave trades, deals and some of the most feared raiders in human space is no small challenge. The only question is; is Kathy up to the task?’

Now, if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself to find out! But I will say it’s well worth the read. It’s my first time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed.

This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a gripping journey!

It’s one of those books that come along once in awhile that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader.

If this book is anything to go by, I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from R. A. “Doc” Correa in the future. I would definitely recommend this book and would love to see it adapted for the Silver Screen. Five stars from me.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I was raised in Los Angeles, California in the 1950s and 1960s. I graduated from Eagle Rock High School in June 1970 and entered the US Army in December of the same year. Having served in the Regular Army, nine and a half years, Army Reserve, four years, and Rhode Island Army National Guard, eight years, I retired from the military in 1993. During that time I served as a battlefield medic, LRRP, surgical tech, scout section leader, LRS assistant team leader, team leader and training/ops NCO in a LRSD.

I graduated from Colorado Technical University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1999. I then worked as a systems and applications test engineer, test lead, and test manager from 1998 to 2009. I’ve had a number of poems published in various publications. My wife and I have four children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

We currently reside in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. I’ve recently released my first novel, Rapier, a Sci-Fi adventure. The story is set in the late twenty fourth century shortly after the genetics war. Currently I’m working on Razor, the sequel to Rapier and The Young Kathy Masters Chronicles, a prequel to the series that takes place in Australia.

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2 Comments

  • Daisy October 5, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Great review. This is one of my favorite genres so I’ll have to check this book out. I’ll let you know what I think later!

  • Emerald Book Reviews October 5, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks Daisy. Don’t forget to spread the love about this book on your social media!

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