Passengers: Pioneers

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The fourth Passengers book follows the frantic rate of progress in three major colonies. New dangers overtake Raife and Nancy on Zeta Nine. Blis keeps a tight rein on his Zexx Two colonists, despite his complete dependence on them. Free Sentia is increasingly populated by dissident Sentience individuals. On each planet different factions vie for control, guaranteeing explosive tensions. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781301758791
About Peter Salisbury

I studied Chemistry at university and then spent over thirty years in classrooms across England teaching almost anything but Chemistry, including Photography, Communications Skills, General Science, Computing, and Information and Communications Technology.

In the 1990s I spent ten years writing abstracts of chemical patents. These were distributed to research scientists by subscription. Articles of mine have been published in magazines and I have written assignments used for assessing Communications Skills for a major international Examination Board. About twelve years ago I began writing science fiction.

What next? Complete the fourth novel-length book in the SF series following on from 'Passengers to Sentience', 'Passengers to Zeta Nine' and 'Passengers: Revelations'.

The profile picture is a portrait of the author as a young man, painted by Charlotte Salisbury, the cover artist for 'The Old Store'.

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Review by: Benn Birch on July 04, 2013 :
"Pioneers" is an amazing book. It focuses on Raife and Nancy on Zeta Nine. It feels like a true continuation from book 2 "Passengers to Zeta Nine" where it's back to back adventure and discovery. We learn so much about the Zetan Technology that we feel that we, as the reader, could use the artifacts ourselves. There is no real diversion from their storyline and the book is absolutely brilliant!

That's because the author did something very smart with the TOC. He separated by either a Z9 (Zeta Nine) or Z2 (Zexx 2) designation in the chapter title. It's almost as if the Author knew that people were split on storylines. Some people craved the Zeta Nine story with the rebuilding of a colony long forgotten and wondering if we'll ever find out what these Zetans were really like. The other side of the coin are the people who enjoy the Vill/Sentience story with it's crime-drama feel. So essentially it's two books and you can choose to read one at a time by skipping one storyline or the other or you can read it in its entirety getting both storylines at the same time. Absolutely cool!

This made for an interesting way to read this book. I could skip chapters that were marked "Z2" in the chapter name because I wasn't at all interested in that storyline. It was much appreciated because I found myself skimming over those character's chapters in the 3rd book.

The Nancy and Raife parts of the book are again, really well written. There's a sense that they are changing from explorers and scientists more to leaders in the community. One of the 2 (I don't want to say for spoiler purposes which character it is) even shows signs that they are getting a bit too big for their britches. There are a few times where I can't believe the character has acted with such an air of superiority and privilege. It doesn't at all seem like the same person who took the lander from Explorer to the surface full of wonderment and a scientific mindset. It shows a character development that I didn't really notice with the other characters in the series. I hope in book 5, that continues as I can see that being a very interesting development on Zeta Nine.

Another great book from Peter Salisbury. I look forward to the 5th book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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