Rated 5.00/5 based on 9 reviews
When Captain Alex Marcase heard his father had died, he expected his inheritance would fund his deep space expedition. When that legacy turned out to be a genetically altered slave named Evan, it spelled the end of Alex's normal, orderly life. The pair head into deep space with their enemies in hot pursuit, Alex's chief rival ahead of them, and a saboteur onboard.

Book 1 in the KEEPER Series

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About Kristine Williams

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I'm an avid reader, writer, and government employee with a degree in Veterinary science (go figure). I write Science Fiction but occasionally dabble in Fantasy, and have been known to explore Mainstream now and again.

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Case Schmidt reviewed on Sep. 2, 2013

A stellar space opera if ever there was one. I hadn't expected to find this book so enjoyable, but I did! The characters were believable and the prose was smooth. The plot was well-thought-out and creative.

I will definitely be back for more from this author.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
TrellAndMaritzia reviewed on Nov. 28, 2012

This is a terrific book, well written, entertaining, interesting characters and plot. The low price is gravy, but what good gravy it is.

Highly recommend this book.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
K.M. Frontain reviewed on Aug. 23, 2012

Really enjoyed this first novel in the series. Nice premise for a difficult friendship relationship between men. It was a fast read for me, as in I ate the story in a day.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
c m reviewed on June 2, 2012

I just finished this book, my first by Kristine Williams, and I loved it. The character development drew me in and I couldn't wait to see where the story would go. I had a hard time putting down my e-reader and I'll be starting the next book in the series tonight. Thanks Kristine. I look forward to getting through the rest of your books. I hope you keep writing.
(reviewed 85 days after purchase)
Kat Jen reviewed on April 1, 2012

This is one of the best books I have yet read on smashwords. As part of a trilogy it is really a very competent book.
I was facinated by the friendship developing between Sha'erah and Alex, and was enjoying the character development immensely.
Kristine Williams books are very much dependant on good character development, because so much of the plot revolves around their growth, and inner/outer dialogue. If she fails with her characters the story falls flat. But here we have another example of a believable story about friendship between men, that is believable and utterly heartfelt. I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in sci fi, starships and strong friendships.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Skye reviewed on Jan. 5, 2012

I have long ago become a fan of Kristine Williams's writing. I have read "When the stars walk backwards" and its sequel at least two times because I loved the characters so much. For some reason I never got around to also read the Keeper series and have now remedied that mistake. It's a wonderful read for anyone into sci-fi and the theme friendship which is masterfully explored in all its dimensions throughout the series. Kristine has a great way of writing that advances the stories quickly and fast-paced mostly through dialog and "show" not "tell". Her characters are fully 3-dimensional and loveable even though or maybe because they each have their quirks. If you like this book you should not stop here but continue on with the other 3 books in the series ("Madness", "Tools of Extinction" and "Sha'erah").
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
aguydude reviewed on Oct. 13, 2011

Read this book on Kristine's website and then immediately went and bought all of them (including this one). Great stuff.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Shania Nes reviewed on Aug. 18, 2011

This is the first book I've read by Kristine Williams. The reason I first chose to read it was because of the summary, it was an interesting twist to the already large Sci Fi community.

Enjoyed this immensely, her writing is very descriptive and pulls you in to the lives of the characters. I'm looking forward to the second book in the series.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Alan James reviewed on July 4, 2011

This is the second book of Kristine Williams I have read. It is a great start to a series. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read, and again, her attention to dialog was wonderful (a must, if a book is to be deemed readable). I don't do book reviews with spoilers, so, just let me say; there is a nice twist near the end. I am sure you will enjoy this book as much as I am sure I will enjoy the next in the series.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
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