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After reading and thoroughly enjoying Helene by Karl Drinkwater I said that I’d like to read more books in this series and by this author. . . . . The author kindly offered to gift me copies of the two other books in the series and here I’m sharing with you information about the first of these, Lost Solace . . . .
Title: Lost Solace
Series: Lost Solace #1
Author: Karl Drinkwater
Publisher: Organic Apocalypse
Published: October 15th, 2017
Well, after reading Helene, I wanted to know what happened to Opal and Via . . . . and now I know what happened next – though the story continues on in Chasing Solace and I’m looking forward to reading that, too!
This is a superbly crafted science fiction adventure with a feisty, resilient heroine, Opal, who is on a mission and has stolen an experimental AI controlled spaceship to help her in her quest. The AI controlling the ship Opal calls Clarissa and together they’ve escaped the military and journeyed to a Lost Ship. As Opal endeavours to board the ship, she’ll need all the support she can get as nothing can prepare her for what she’ll find in this action packed adventure!
Opal is a strong protagonist but, as in the best of stories, she has her unique flaws which make her more realistic. Her interactions with ‘Clarissa’ are great – their banter entertaining and the humour had me laughing out loud at times. The plot has believable world building, the events and characters are superbly portrayed and the whole story flows but is so packed with surprising twists and turns it keeps you on the edge of your seat. The first book in this series, Helene, gives the background to the AI’s development. I suspect you could read this without having read that one but I enjoyed that one so highly recommend you read both!
Although I was gifted a copy of this book, this is still my honest review after choosing to read it and finding it absolutely fascinating – I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in this series soon!
Sometimes spaceships disappear with everyone on board – the Lost Ships. But sometimes they come back, strangely altered, derelict, and rumoured to be full of horrors.
Opal is on a mission. She’s been seeking something her whole life. Something she is willing to die for. And she thinks it might be on a Lost Ship.
Opal has stolen Clarissa, an experimental AI-controlled spaceship, from the military. Together they have tracked down a Lost Ship, in a lonely nebula far from colonised space.
The Lost Ship is falling into the gravity well of a neutron star, and will soon be truly lost … forever. Legends say the ships harbour death, but there’s no time for indecision.
Opal gears up to board it. She’s just one woman, entering an alien and lethal environment. But perhaps with the aid of Clarissa’s intelligence – and an armoured spacesuit – Opal may stand a chance.
Can she face her demons and survive?
Author Bio –
Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but lived in Wales for twenty years, and now calls Scotland his home. He’s a full-time author, edits fiction for other writers, and was a professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.
He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you’ll find elements of literary and contemporary fiction, gritty urban, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, romance, social commentary, and more. The end result is interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.
When he isn’t writing he loves exercise, guitars, computer and board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, cake, and zombies. Not necessarily in that order.
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