Astra: Synchronicity

Rated 4.31/5 based on 17 reviews
In 2310, humans persecute psions and hunt them to extinction regardless of guilt; Magnius Zoleki is one of them. He has everything a fifty-year-old man could want -- except for the psionic assassin trying to kill him. The last thing he needs is to get mixed up in an ugly interstellar war, but in order to escape the clutches of his nefarious mentor, he’s willing to risk it or die trying. Book 1. More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9781458138347
About Lisa Eskra

Lisa Eskra graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology with a master’s degree in Chemistry. Science fiction has inspired her imagination since childhood, cultivating a life-long fascination with the universe. She lives with her husband, son, and two dogs near Chicago — at least until an outpost is constructed on Mars.

Astra: Synchronicity, the first book in the Astra trilogy, is FREE for download. Book two, Astra: The Reckoning, was released March 25th. The final book of the trilogy, Astra: The Harrowing, is available as of September 1st.

She's currently working on a short story to be released in December, and in November she will start work on her next novel.

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Review by: Lee Willard on Oct. 23, 2012 :
This is a good one. Yes, it has some flaws, as the other reviewers have pointed out, but after a couple dozen free sci-fi books written by people who couldn't form a complete sentence and cannot wrap their harangue in a working plot, this was refreshing.

The characters are more realistic than some from some major publishing houses (ie. Harlequin). The story almost free of the excessive gore and violence that mars so many free sci-fi novels.

This is not a complete story, or even the first of a series, but part one of a trilogy. Like many trilogies today, only the first is free, and the others are rather high for ebooks.
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Review by: Mike on Sep. 21, 2011 :
It took me a while to get comfortable with the characters, story and writing style but sticking in there paid off and I enjoyed the book. Looking forward to reading The Reckoning to see how events play out especially with Magnius and Aliane.
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Review by: bgroen on March 24, 2011 :
What a great story I could not stop reading until it was finished and am very anxious to get to the next in the series.
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Review by: Ryan Lavender on March 20, 2011 :
Great book to read. I found it very hard to put down, ask my wife about the 2 am nights readnig. The only problem I have with the series is waiting for the next book.
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Review by: Todd Berke on March 18, 2011 :
Excellent Book. Hard to put down. I am looking forward to the other books in the series
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Review by: Todd Berke on March 18, 2011 :
Excellent Book. Hard to put down. I am looking forward to the other books in the series
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Review by: Todd Berke on March 18, 2011 : (no rating)
Excellent Book. Hard to put down. I am looking forward to the other books in the series
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Review by: Tom Mullings on March 14, 2011 :
Really enjoyed this book. I rate it my my top 10%. A nice mix of many Science Fiction theories. She told me her next book will be out in about 10 days here on Smashwords. Looking forward to the continued adventure.
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Review by: Summer Goodman on March 11, 2011 :
Good Book! I enjoyed the characters and the world that they were playing in. Were there some plot inconsistencies...yes. Does it stop me from wanting to read the next in the series....nope! Thank you and keep up the good work.
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Review by: Deus ego on March 02, 2011 : (no rating)
This is a excellent book. I like the theme of prejudice against people that are different.
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Review by: Jim N on March 01, 2011 :
Great book! It kept me up and reading when I should have been studying or sleeping.
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Review by: Carilda Thomas on Feb. 20, 2011 :
This book started a bit slow and with a few too many adjectives and similes but once the author got into her story, it became a page-turner. I look forward to the next installment.
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Review by: tim schrier on Feb. 09, 2011 : (no rating)
This is a great book, i started it in the morning and by that night i was done with it. I just couldn't put it down, you really get sucked into the world that Lisa created its a must read
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Review by: Crysania on Feb. 06, 2011 :
The fact that it only took me a few days to read this book should tell you something: I really really enjoyed it. Usually if it takes me weeks to finish a book it's either some dense non-fiction thing that I have to keep thinking about to really get or a novel I'm really not that into. Well, that was definitely not the case here.

Astra: Synchronicity gripped me from the start. From the first sentence, I was into the book. There's nothing better than an author that can pull you in from the first page and make you want to find out more and Eskra succeeds very well with that.

The book tells the story of Amii Martin, a woman who has lost her memory in a strange accident and Magnius Zoleki, a man blessed (or cursed, depending on how you look at it) with psionic abilities. Magnius is an incredible telepath, something he has hidden for his entire life due to humanity's persecution of psions. He is being hunted by an old mentor, someone who is trying to bring him back into the fold in an attempt to destroy those who have persecuted and destroyed her kind. Amii is desperately trying to find out more about who she is while being on the run with the only man who has ties to her past. To complicate matters, there's also a wide array of political machinations and an alien race that humanity is trying to make contact with.

Eskra's writing makes this all easy to digest and the plot moves along quickly, with just enough description to make the characters and world both vivid and interesting. I can always tell when a writer is good when I finish a chapter and feel like I wasn't reading, but instead was watching a movie inside my head. I'm pleased to say that occurred many times while reading this book.

The book is ultimately part sci-fi, part thriller, with just a dash of romance. I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series!
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Review by: A.B.R. on Jan. 21, 2011 :
Astra: Synchronicity is a readable and entertaining novel, personable characters and multiple levels of tension and conflict combine to create a unique commonwealth of worlds and plot. For me the he most engaging character was not the scrupulously moral, and sometimes infuriating, male psion, Magnius Zoleki, but a normal female amnesia victim who discovers hidden depths in herself. To learn more about her and her past is one of the reasons I look forward to reading the second novel of this three novel series.

As another reviewer noted, an unexplained entry of the assassin into a hanger protected by five high security doors had me questioning how he got there, and there were a couple of other glitches as well. These jar points occurred in the later chapters of the novel, which were not as taut and well written as the early and middle chapters. These weaknesses did not ruin the novel for me, but did present problems in trying to assign a ranking. It went from being a solid four star to a weak four star or possibly three star ranking. Since Astra is the first novel by this author and this is my first review, I gave it the benefit of the doubt and assigned it four stars.

Contradictions and mistakes appear less frequently in books published by major publishers, largely because readers groups and professional editors and proofreaders catch them prior to publication. Indie writers rarely have access to comparable resources, or the benefit of their suggestions and comments for improving manuscript drafts.
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Review by: Joey Jones on Jan. 20, 2011 :
Sorry for my previous review and giving away any of the story line. I am an idiot. Anyways, I enjoyed the story and the entire idea behind this sci-fi world. I was dissapointed in the ending but will definatley read the next book.
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Review by: John Holley on Jan. 16, 2011 : (no rating)
I would like to give this a better review than I am going to. It has a *good* premise. Unfortunately, the story requires you to believe that a planet's second lady (the Vice President's wife) can make multiple trips into the bad areas of town... at night... without security? Or that an assassin can get through five levels of security into a hanger and get past the same guards that accost the heroic couple? All sci-fi requires the reader to make various leaps of faith (faster than light travel, for example) for the story to unfold, but usually they can still be explained in the story. This story they the occur without any explaination. As I said, I like the premise and the plot... It just needs more to fill out the story instead of stuff just "happening."
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