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Ride of the Late Rain (The Vergassy Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
"A captain's first duty is to the Confederation.."--Confederation Fleet General Order #1
The destroyer Shigure is the oldest destroyer in the fleet...or so she seems. Equipped with a powerful, new device, the “Late Rain” is chosen for a special, dangerous project. With a young crew and modifications that makes her vessel not what she seems, Commander Leslie Hawkins presses into unknown space to examine structures detected by an Confederation Fleet survey vessel...and discovers that Mankind is not alone.
"Ride of the Late Rain" received an Honorable Mention in the Fall 2012 "Writer's of the Future Contest." Judges included Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Orson Scott Card, and Kevin J. Anderson. Its full length sequel, _An Unproven Concept_, is now available via Amazon in both electronic and hard copy, with the "Kraken Edition" consisting of this short story and the novel combined.
"Recommended" Rating from "Right Fans: Sci Fi from the Other Side" Blog
"4.5 / 5" stars from Twisted Sci-Fi.
From the Author
- ASIN : B00AG94664
- Publication date : January 17, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 983 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 79 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1508470200
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #812,221 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Publication date: January 17, 2014
This long (listed at 79 pages) short story serves as an introduction to a novel, AN UNPROVEN CONCEPT. The Kracken edition of the novel, available as a Kindle edition from Amazon, contains this short story.
The story of humanity's first contact with an alien race is well done. The aliens are suitably mysterious, inscrutable and dangerous. The story ends a little abruptly with a number of questions unanswered and a space battle still in progress or maybe just ending. However the story of the last ride of the Late Rain is told to its conclusion. Mr Young is a former army officer and has a PhD in history. I have to wonder if when he titled this story he thought of the death ride of the German battlecruisers at Jutland. Particularly the SMS Lutzow.
I have now read several of Young's stories and books and found most of them to be very good. A few were a little uneven, perhaps overly ambitious. Be warned that Young writes some pretty realistic stories and does not shy away from killing off characters. Four and a half stars.
In this book, the novela is broken up and interspersed through the chapters and looses all of its impact.
I say skip it. There are plenty a better indy writers out there.
I read it because it was said that it was the first book in the Vergassy Chronicles and I was interested in reading the above mentioned first full book in the series. Well, I will read An Unproven Concept, actually I have already started, but that is more because this teaser did not convince me that this would be a bad idea rather than convincing me it was good idea.
The short story is decent enough reading but I would have expected something like an introduction with some background or, like it is done in Slaver Wars, that the first short story is really the first part of the story arc. That is not the case with this teaser. This one is more like a movie trailer where you get some juicy scenes from all over the movie. The content of this book is not the beginning of the story but rather a piece in the middle of An Unproven Concept and, quite frankly, that annoys me a bit.
Anyway, it was decently written, the characters seemed well done, the action was not bad att all and, as I wrote, I have already started on the “second” book in the series. However, if you plan on reading An Unproven Concept then there is really little reason to pick up Ride of the Late Rain first.
First understand that you are buying a story 62 pages long. Is it good? What there is of it, yes.
Is it stand-alone / complete? No. The best analogy is possibly a prologue or first chapter of a story. A lot happens really fast and it "sets the hook" in you as a reader. It would be awesome as a prologue / intro. It would also be awesome as a teaser story for a larger series.
However, the important thing to point out at this time (2/16/2013) is that there isn't a series to dive into once you've consumed this appetizer. "Vergassy Chronicles"? Maybe one day... but today "Vergassy Chronicles" consist of a 62-page tease. This story was written quite well and will leave you wanting something more that the abrupt conclusion offers.
What's the story really like / about? This is basically spaceship combat / military sci-fi. While it does technically involve first contact, the story has no actual first contact beyond the race's spaceship(s).
The 62 pages are great. However, having read this story I regret doing so because as a stand-alone it failed to introduce me to either a good series or a good author. There's simply nothing else available for either.
Therefore I strongly advise waiting until something else is available from James Young, and more specifically the "Vergassy Chronicles" before you read this sample.