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Y.S. Pascal is an award-winning author of mystery-thrillers and feature articles, a scientist, and the parent of three wonderful teens. Her first book in the Zygan Emprise Series, Where Angels Fear to Tread/Renegade Paladins won a 2010 Mensa Sharp Writ Books Award. Her mystery thriller, Dead Air, co-written as Linda Reid, won the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Suspense/Thriller.
Review #2: Review by K.C. Finn
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Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite
The Zygan Emprise Trilogy: Renegades, Redemption, Rebirth is a collection of science fiction novels written by author Y S Pascal. Collecting together the award-winning books - Renegade Paladins, Abyssal Redemption and the new Renaissance: Rebirth - this epic sci-fi collection tells the tale of heroine Shiloh Rush as she races against the clock to save her brother, and the universe itself, from intergalactic terrorists. Time travel, space travel, family ties, war, secrets, action and adventure abound as Shiloh and her Hollywood co-star Spud shun their celebrity lives for their real mission as Zygan agents. As each episode unfolds, the larger threats within the universe encroach on our heroes, bringing them closer to death with every step they take.
I loved this trilogy for its action-packed quality, which made the reading experience easy despite the book’s length. Each of the individual books rockets through the narrative like a true sci-fi adventure would on television, reminiscent of both Star Trek and Doctor Who for its time travel and episodic qualities, which then build to a larger arc overall for the two characters. Development on Shiloh and Spud was well created by author Y S Pascal, giving an initially stylish façade which breaks down as we get to know the main characters more personally. I enjoyed the unveiling of each new big bad menace, and the cataclysmic heights to which the disaster rises was like watching a Hollywood film play out in my head. Overall, The Zygan Emprise Trilogy is an excellent space adventure suitable for readers of all ages.
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Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
The Zygan Emprise Trilogy by Y.S. Pascal features three books -- Renegades, Redemption, and Rebirth -- in a great blend of science fiction, fantasy, and terrorist thriller. In the opening book of the trilogy, Shiloh sets out to find her older brother, a secret agent of the Zygan Federation who has mysteriously disappeared. Aided by her co-star, Spud, Shiloh flies into space, but what awaits them is a terrorist threat and these terrorists are determined to destroy the Zygan Federation and bring desolation to Earth. In Redemption, Shiloh Rush and Spud Escott use the Golden Fleece borrowed from an ancient prophet and travel to a desolate dimension to rescue her long-lost brother. But do they stand a chance in the face of powerful enemies and mounting odds, including demons, vampires, guerrillas, and Valkyries? Rebirth is a stunning conclusion in the trilogy and it raises the stakes even higher. The lives of the Zygans are under attack from vicious assassins and the Zygan Federation's king, the Omega Archon, is the ultimate target. Can they beat what stands against them — terrorists, kidnappers, and mysterious powers?
Y.S. Pascal is skilled at creating tension and building a conflict that is phenomenal. The lead characters, Shiloh and Spud, are professional actors, but they lead a double life. When off the camera, they are fighters, intrepid secret agents for a covert intergalactic federation. It is fun following these two characters as they face impossible odds in very perilous missions. The setting is terrific, taking readers across the galaxy, traveling with the characters across Andromeda and the Milky Way. A lot of research has accompanied this trilogy and the author weaves the elements of the research neatly into the narrative. The prose is crisp, character development impeccable, and the pacing fast. The Zygan Emprise Trilogy is packed with action, mystery, and suspense. The reader quickly learns to care about the characters and keeps on turning from chapter to chapter, concerned about them. The unpredictability in the plot makes this trilogy a thrill for fans of science fiction and fantasy.