I came to this planet fifty some odd years ago. After exiting my mother's portal, the doctor slapped me around until I started breathing the oxygen. I'll admit, at the time, I had no idea what I was doing or where I was. Being an infant Human, I was completely reliant on the responsible actions of others. It was a time that I have largely forgotten.
I reside in Central Florida with the wife and children. After thirty years in engineering, my time is now spent chronicling the adventures of fictitious heroes. They are off-world, fighting the good fight. For me? I'm stuck here on this planet in this feeble existence that we Humans are all forced to endure.
So, I ask you this... do you wish to escape the bonds of this surly planet we call Earth? Are you looking for a bit more adventure than what the grocery store has to offer? Do you worry about being enslaved by alien androids or six-eyed alien goats with lasers? Pew, pew, pew!
Yeah, that's what I thought. Asking yourself those questions and getting back an answer is the first hurdle to cross in the race to get off this world. Sounds like you are ready to venture out, to put this place behind you.
So crack open one of my books. Take to the heavens and let me shout this out to those who remain: "Watch out universe! Another Human is on the loose!"
Take care and I hope you have a great day!
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on June 01, 2016 :
"Exile" reminds me a little bit at "The Planet Inspector" from Murray Leinster, maybe to some extent a crossbreed with Isaac Asimov's "Foundation". This is Arseneault at his best, lots of action, exciting, enthralling and with a dry sense of humour. His persons in all his books are somewhat stereotypical - they are all heroes, invincible in the midst of hundreds of enemies,
"Exile" has 84.800 Words, again somewhat less than other SF Ebooks I know, and approximately five Percent at the end are a preview of "Omega 2", the non-free sequel. Like the other Ebooks from Arsenault, the table of contents has no chapter headins - it's just capitel 1, capitel 2 etc.
Most free Ebooks which I know are self-contained. This is not the case with "Exile" - the reader finds himself with open ends all over. The partner has disappeared, his fate not known, the revolution has not won but is not terminated either etc. The sequel ("Guardian") has a good starting point, but "Exile" has no end. I would had given three or four stars for it but for this reason, it's two stars for "recommended to read".
Remark: In my system, five stars is reserved for the most important SF of world literature, e.g. "1984" from George Orwell, and four stars for those I consider all-time best, for example Michael Crichton or some novels from Larry Niven.
This leaves three stars for most of really good Indie SF, but as everybody else at Smashworts does rate a SF novel at five stars if he liked it, I was detoriating the average rating of Smashwords authors I like best! So I decided to change my previous reviews, one by one, and repost them without the smashwords rating. Watch out for my rating in the review text instead!
(review of free book)