The Edge

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
The interstellar war between the Earth allied Unity and the Kyrzal should have been quick and easy. The Unity victorious, the enemy humbled. But the war takes a nasty diversion. Mak, an Earth pod pilot aboard the DreadNought Exeter, finds that not all enemies are obvious. Nor are they easy. Hidden agendas, betrayals, complicate a dangerous situation into a fight just for survival. More
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Interested in all literature, in all good story telling no matter the format. Living in Los Angeles, favorite city. Having fun, it's a good thing.

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Lee Willard reviewed on April 2, 2022

In this space opera the forces from Earth go off to fight one group of aliens and discover another, much more powerful group of aliens from subspace. They are able to take over people's minds and make zombies of them, zombies under their control. They have also controlled some of the officers and soldiers on the ship. The so-called war devolves into a fight for the control of one ship. That fight is very much like another story I read recently who's title and author I forgot. Thruout the author piles on one problem after another to add to the tension. At first the main character has no idea what is going on, then suddenly everyone 'knows' and starts to fight for control of the ship.

This is space opera, not hard sci-fi. Little attention was given to the science of any of this and the 'other dimension' stuff is still fantasy until we have some theory or evidence that such a thing could occur. There are no chapters in this book but there is an occasional blank line to separate groups of paragraphs. The proofreading and prose are fine. There is one sexual episode in the book and one more occurrence of affection but for the most part there is little need for the characters to be of both sexes. There's lots of violence and hopelessness. The one good thing at the end doesn't make up for all the losses.
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Hannes Birnbacher reviewed on Oct. 7, 2016
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An exciting Space Opera with exceptional phantasy and many surprising turns.
I enjoyed reading it very much and purchased the sequel, "The Wound" immediately.

I do not award ratings in SF because five stars are, in my system, reserved for the best authors of all genres and times and to give less lowers the average from authors I consider the best SF I' ve ever read.
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Ian Hutson reviewed on Feb. 3, 2014

I hugely enjoyed 'The Edge' and want more - if the sequel can't be found soon then I'll start a small riot.

The author has that knack of raising the reader's hopes and then dashing them and then raising them again. The text conveys just enough detail to allow the reader to picture the scene themselves and the characters are all likeable enough for the demise of almost any of them to be emotional. The settings range from the claustrophobic right up to full space-opera; from a small boy trapped in a subterranean hell-hole through to fleets of giant spaceships manoeuvring around planets and hyperspace. The main protagonist's character contains elements that we can all empathise with (of being both trapped by and formed by our past) and also has areas where I couldn't decide whether he was a gobsmackingly pragmatic hero or the scariest kind of sociopath (mass killing). How do you develop from a small boy hiding in a wardrobe to a military man making a gun barrel glow hot? The same we that we all do, I suppose.

Great "hard" scifi and a great story. Not many places where you can find that and an emotional, playful 50' industrial robot. Seriously, splendid stuff.
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Terry Brashley reviewed on Aug. 29, 2013

Excellent military SF read with some twists added, well developed characters and a somewhat unexpected ending. Written from the viewpoint of a kid who escaped the lower level (literally) of L.A to become an adult fighter "pod" jockey. I look forward to the release of the sequel titled "The Wound"!
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