Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Pilot is a contemporary Sci-fi story that merges elements of military conspiracy, technology and an ancient Guild of Families who can secretly navigate channels in the oceans to cross space. They have built a secret merchant society stretching through a multitude of universes, but the world is changing and soon their secrecy will be at an end. More
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About Valerie Gaumont

Valerie Gaumont is an evil genius whose mission is to take over the world. Her latest efforts were thwarted when her flying monkey army discovered beer. Currently they are in Rehab because no one likes a drunk flying monkey. (Thank you for your cards and letters of support.) When she is taking a break from villainy she can often be found with a pen in her hand. Yes, sometimes she is doodling, other times writing fiction and discovering new and interesting ways to combine reality with the outré. She has had short stories in the Violet Ampersand Anthology, Poetry, Prose and Other Voyages to the Edge, and the online Journal, Gothic Fairytales for Melancholy Children. In 2007 she was listed as a finalist in the William Faulkner International Writing Competition in the Novel-In-Progress category.

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Review by: BattleCat on Feb. 27, 2014 :
I avoid a lot of sci-fi these days, because they stopped being fun or interesting, and started taking themselves too seriously. I'm so glad I decided to take a chance on this author (actually I lost a bar bet to one of the monkeys; never bet you can outdrink a monkey.)

I liked everything about this book, and just stopped by to purchase the next 3 in the series. This book was like lucking into the presidential suite at a 5 star hotel. There is nothing NOT to like, they have thought of everything, including things you didn't even know you needed. The wealth of detail and thoughtfulness, that isn't there to intimidate or confuse; but instead makes you feel like you belong there. Like you never need to leave. That's how sinking into this book felt. Great story, novel concepts, solid work that just made me want to keep reading. Elegant. Well done.
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Review by: Tony on Sep. 9, 2013 :
Give this book a chance. Read the beginning--if you like the writing style (which I loved, but don't see all that often in the genre) and aren't a stickler for hard science, then you will enjoy the series. I found the whole story/setting fascinating. Characters seem very human and dialogue is great.

Some people might find the story to move too slow, but I actually liked how the writer made all of the ordinary life scenes interesting to read. My sole complaint of the series doesn't even happen until the later books when I thought the main character acted a little thick-skulled.

Highly recommended! :)
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Review by: Patricia Maki on May 25, 2013 :
What an interesting concept and approach to space travel. I loved it. The characters are well written, and the plot progresses at a fast moving tempo. Some spelling errors did occasionally knock me off my pace of reading, but not enough to keep me from looking forward to the next adventure.
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