An Imperial Death

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Earth, locked into a degrading status quo by the Five Races, aliens determined to watch earth's civilization rot from within. But when Kavin Dubaire travels to the planet Tiartha, one of the few colonies allowed Earth, he makes a momentous discovery about the aliens. Then a new alien race triggers an interstellar war. For Kavin, Deidre von Holstead, and the whole human race, all bets are now off!

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About Rob Shelsky

Rob Shelsky is an avid and eclectic writer, and averages about 4,000 words a day. He has several novels to his credit and two anthologies, with two romances out now, a Regency romance, Verity, along with the sequel, Faith, and soon to come, a time-travel romance.

Rob has written science fiction articles for such magazines as The Internet Review of Science Fiction, numerous articles for AlienSkin Magazine, Neometropolis, Midnight Street (UK), Doorways, and other publications. Rob has had short stories published with Jim Baen’s Universe, Aberrant Dreams, AlienSkin, Gateway SF, Fifth Dimension, Continuum SF, Sonar4, Uncial Press, Planetary Stories, Pulp Spirit Magazine, Sex & Murder, and many more. He has a novella coming out in early 2010 with Aberrant Dreams Magazine’s first hardcover edition anthology, The Awakening. Rob’s novella, Avenger Of The People, will appear there alongside the works of such sci-fi greats as Alastair Reynolds, Ian Watson, Jana Oliver, Robert Madle, and just so many others. There is even an introduction by Jack McDevitt.

Rob has a short story, Green Waters, now out with Sonar4’s Phase Shift anthology, and a paranormal story, Light On The Moor, coming out with Smashwords and Amazon.com.

Now, Rob Shelsky is not only a writer, but a contributing editor for Currate.com travel articles, as well as being a reviewer for Novelspot. He is also a resident science fiction columnist for AlienSkin Magazine.

Although widely traveled and continuing to travel, Rob now lives in North Carolina. He enjoys contemplating ideas for new stories while watching the sunsets over the mountains and sipping a glass of red wine, preferably a decent Merlot.

Oh and check out this site for my Smashword books:

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Review by: George Kempland on July 31, 2010 :
Ah, here we have a novella that is so well written, so well plotted, and with excellent character development that I just didn’t want it to end. An Imperial Death, by Rob Shelsky, is a deftly drawn work of science fiction. I’d hesitate to call it space opera, since it has so much more to it, but it has that quality, as well. But Mr. Shelsky gives us such clear-cut, believable scenarios, almost exquisitely drawn, that it’s hard to know what subgenre this story should actually fall into, other than the general one of science fiction.

An Imperial Death, by Rob Shelsky, opens with Cavin Dubaire, and his uncle, Melkor Shin-Jo, overhearing some rather sexually heated conversation from a neighboring balcony of the Canady Complex, an antigravity palace floating above the surface of the Earth. They also hear the two participants, Magnus Vasilov, and the Lady Canady, plotting to get him a seat in Earth’s now powerful General Assembly, of which Melkor Shin-Jo is a senior member. Earth, it seems, is now ruled by such powerful family complexes and is in a corrupt state, with bribery and violence the means to political ends. Elections are bought and sold. People are "disposed" of.

Cavin, shunned by his other influential Shin-Jo relatives, leaves Earth the next day to make a go of starting a life as a farmer on the planet Tiartha. This is one of the few colonies that the all-powerful Five Races, those despotic aliens, allow Earth to have. Everyone knows the Races want Earth’s civilization to rot from within, and by keeping them limited to just a few extraterrestrial worlds, are doing just that. But Earth and its few colonies simply don’t have the power to stop them. They are literally outnumbered, five to one.

But problems don’t go away for Cavin, even on the distant and lightly populated Tiartha. He discovers some unpleasant truths. He also faces a personal disaster. However, when a new and warlike Sixth Race is discovered, one which threatens the whole Status Quo that now exists between the aliens and Earth, Melkor Shin-Jo, Magnus Vasilov, and others seize the chance to further their own ends. For some, it is for the sake of a better tomorrow for humanity, to permanently escape the clutches of the dread Status Quo. For others, it is to further their own greedy ambitions, to gain even more power.

Cavin Dubaire is caught up in all these machinations and despite his best efforts, his most altruistic desires, he finds himself ensnared in a web of deceit, lies, and political manipulations. Now, as a military officer, he only wishes to fight the good fight. But will all those around him let him? Read An Imperial Death, by Rob Shelsky to find out!

If you like intrigue, “big reveals,” space opera, romance, well-developed story lines and characters, you’ll love An Imperial Death, by Rob Shelsky. This novella gets five full stars from me. It is just so well written!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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