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Fearless (The Fractal Series) Kindle Edition
“Fast-paced, gripping hard SF with death in hard vacuum waiting at every turn.”
"Gripping, intense, military SF. Stunning and urgent." (Anna Smith Spark, author of the Empires of Dust series )
“Space battles, sabotage, and treachery envelop a gripping whodunit, as Captain Ellisa Shann strives to identify a murderer among her crew and save her ship, the Khidr, from imminent destruction. Fearless is a fabulous read from a writer who knows how to deliver.” (Ian Whates, Author of Dark Angels Rising and 2019 Winner of the Karl Edward Wagner Award )
“Fearless is a brilliant achievement, and one of the best science-fiction novels I have read in a very long time."
"The depths of outer space test the strength of a dynamic heroine’s inner resolve in Stroud’s smart, introspective space opera set in the year 2118. [...] With an attention to detail that will please hard science fiction fans, Stroud raises fascinating questions about the politics of space exploration. This is one to be savored."
“A wonderful, modern, inclusive and clever science fiction that deserves to be a part of anyone’s collection.” (SF Book )
"[Allen Stroud] also brings a Clarkian feel that grounds the story in the best tradition of science fiction. He keeps the action going, and does a fine job of showing the difficulties of conflict in space. Highly Recommended.”
“Allen Stroud tells a hard sf tale with white knuckle stress that doesn’t let up till the end. I want more.” (Henry Lazarus )
“With a large cast of characters, lots of suspects, space battles and plenty of action to keep even the most ardent fans of sci-fi thoroughly entertained. Brilliant.” (The Bookwormery )
“Allen Stroud’s Fearless has elements of those classics of an earlier era. He takes science seriously. The plot is gritty and full of twists.” (Scintilla )
“Fearless offers the reader a great piece of smart science fiction that fans of space opera and spaceship battles will enjoy immensely. Expect lots of tension and a group of characters you soon get invested in.” (Runalong the shelves )
About the Author
He was a founding host of Lave Radio, an Elite: Dangerous fan podcast that started in February 2013 and runs the annual convention Lavecon. His novel set in the Elite: Dangerous game world, called Elite: Lave Revolution was successfully funded on Kickstarter and published in late 2014, with a second edition published in 2015. Stroud then supported Spidermind Games in developing the Elite Dangerous Roleplaying Game.
Stroud worked on Chaos Reborn with Snapshot Games and is working on Phoenix Point, due for release in 2019.
Stroud was the 2017 and 2018 chair of Fantasycon, the annual convention of the British Fantasy Society, which hosts the British Fantasy Awards. In June 2019, he became Chair of the British Science Fiction Association, taking over from Donna Bond.
Stroud continues to write academic papers, reviews, articles and fiction in science fiction, fantasy and horror. He lives in a messy house with two cats and his partner, Karen.
- ASIN : B08C5ML2DL
- Publisher : Flame Tree Press; Not for Online ed. edition (September 8, 2020)
- Publication date : September 8, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1267 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 446 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #328,980 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's no wonder some of the negative reviews complain that they find it boring, because in my opinion, they fail to appreciate, and certainly do not enjoy, the "intellectual gravity" : ) of such a serious, thoughtful construction of the most important basis of the entire plot.
In addition, our main protagonist, is not only female, but was born without some of the normal appendages, which is not nearly as much of a handicap as under full Earth strength gravity. Once again, the reader who most likely is unfamiliar with physical handicap, may fail to have the empathy, that one is more likely to have with the usual action heroes of Space Opera stories.
I give high marks to the author, Allen Stroud, for making me feel the near helplessness when faced with needing to find the saboteur that is responsible for murdering one of the crew. How do you find which member of your crew is responsible ? How do you go about investigating this without demoralizing the crew when each person has to provide an alibi?
I also enjoyed the intelligence of all of the characters. At the end of the story there are still many unanswered questions which may upset many readers. Possibly a sequel is coming, but perhaps not. I don't consider this a huge problem. After all, life is very much like that, and so is science.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes a thoughtful, intelligently written story.
Every chapter switches POV for no good reason.
Very slow moving. Characters with similar names.
No ending. Really, it just stops with no resolution. I literally hunted for the next book in the series to find out what happens. Nope. Nada.
Top reviews from other countries
I believe the writing to be very good although I struggled at times with the limited first person point of view telling of only three characters. Especially when same event is retold from different perspectives. For me this slowed the book down a lot and negated some of the narrative tension.
The story is good despite my reservation above; equally the characters are fully fleshed even those we don't have pov of.
To my last bugbear this is not a stand alone book and I wish I knew that going in. There is a lot more to be told when the book just ends. An unsatisfying end in my opinion. Obviously the author and publishers will hope for more books to come, but would like to know that it is a planned series before hand.
So how did my gamble payout: brilliant story overall well told; but I might have to gamble all over again on any planned sequel(s).
I very much recommend it.
A good read that I had difficulty putting down when I needed to.