The Zygan Emprise Trilogy: Renegades, Redemption, Rebirth

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Award Winning! Renegade Paladins, Abyssal Redemption, and--NEW in 2018--Renaissance:Rebirth together in ONE volume. Join Shiloh Rush and William Escott as they race to find Shiloh's missing brother and save the Earth from villainous intergalactic terrorists and traitors in their midst. A fiery thriller ride! Winner of a Mensa Sharp Writ Books Award! More

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About YS Pascal

Photo: Y.S. Pascal and one of her fans.

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.

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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.

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Renegades
Shiloh Rush is Ensign Tara Guard on the Singularity TV series Bulwark, but nobody knows Shiloh is leading a double life. Haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her beloved older brother, Shiloh follows in his footsteps as a secret agent for the Zygan Federation, an intergalactic empire hidden from Earth. Can Shiloh escape the clutches of an intergalactic terrorist and mount a rescue?

Redemption: The Zygan Emprise
Shiloh Rush, Zygan Federation agent, "borrows" the Golden Fleece from ancient prophet Yeshua Bar Maryam to rescue her long-lost brother from a dimension in which she and partner Spud face menacing demons, vampires, and guerrillas as they storm the gates of Hades. Back home, her society and the loved ones she left behind no longer exist. Wiil Shiloh have to sacrifice her life to save Earth?

About the Series: The Zygan Emprise Trilogy--Renegades, Redemption, Rebirth
Renegades, Redemption, Rebirth. Award winning: Book 1 Renegades. Book 2 Redemption Book 3: Rebirth. Join Shiloh and Spud, agents for the Zygan Federation in thrilling adventures across the multiverse.

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Review by: Dorothy Koch on Sep. 7, 2011 :
Well written, imaginative, creative - all good things. Pascal has written an enjoyable book that took me to another universe and kept me there for the ride.
(reviewed 60 days after purchase)
Review by: Rebecca Weinstein on Aug. 9, 2011 :
The Zygan Emprise is not one, but two stories: Renegade Paladins and Abyssal Redemption. Which, when you think about it, both of these novels have been released in paperback and set at a much higher price, so getting both ebooks for only $0.99 is some major bang for your buck. Now let's get to the story.

The Zygan Emprise follows Shiloh Rush and William “Spud” Escott in their adventure around the universe, from Earth to Zyga and even back in time. In their adventures, they brush up against significant characters and events in man's history (or prehistory), and the author does it seamlessly. Shiloh, Spud and their friends race to uncover the destructive plans of Zyga's ultimate nemesis, Benedict. As they do, they discover that not all of their friends are loyal and Benedict's plan is more than what it seems. I could gush on about the story, but I don't want to give away any spoilers. It's too good. I had a difficult time tearing myself away from this incredible imaginary world. You'll just have to trust me and make the time to read it yourself.

If I could have any complaints about this pair of novels, it'd be only two, and very minor. I almost feel like I'm picking. At the beginning of Renegade Paladins, it's a little confusing until a few pages into the story. It's just the way that the author has set up the story. It shoots back and forth between a few scenes, and none of it makes much sense until you get a little further in. If you're one of those readers who gets easily confused and gives up, don't. Trust me, it's only a few pages and you'll get it. And believe me, the rest of the story is worth it.
The other complaint I could make is that the secondary characters aren't adequately described. I get that one of them is a giant crab-like being, and one was kind of a cloud something or other, but to tell a good story is to know all the players in that story, and I just didn't know them. I wish the author had given these secondary characters as much love and attention as Shiloh and Spud, or nearly as much. It would've made them all the more real. The storyline is so fantastic, there's so much going on, and introducing these fantastic populations from other worlds, it just doesn't give them justice to not fully describe them.

These two, minor complaints aside, the Zygan Emprise- Renegade Paladins was a wonderful book. I look forward to reading the next one, which fortunately for me, is sitting right here on my ereader.

Updated on 8-9-11.
Okay, now that I have had the opportunity to read Abyssal Redemption, let's get to it. Does anyone remember Ghostbusters II? How about Transformers II? Caddyshack II? Well, as sequels go, Abyssal Redemption falls short of its predecessor, too. That's not to say that it's a terrible read; it's not. It just did not live up to expectations.

Having invested a lot of emotion into getting to know Shiloh Rush and “Spud” Escott in the first novel, I was curious to know where their adventures would take them. I was happy to see that the secondary characters who had been so overlooked in the first novel were much more fleshed out in this one, and I commend the author for having done so.
I don't like to pick on ordinary formatting, but that's one of my major gripes with this novel. There were so many typos it was distracting. In a sense, I feel that this novel was rushed to get done, not only because of the lack of proofreading, but also with the plot. It's just not as complex as the first novel.

However, one thing that the author is very good at, which was also accomplished in the first novel, is putting a different spin on historical events. I really enjoyed the trip back to Golgotha. Without giving up any spoilers, the idea was well-crafted, and may have more than a few devout Christians up in arms.

A great loss is never wanted, but almost always necessary in good fiction. This loss, although a necessary part of the plot, was too great for Shiloh, and I feel that her reaction to it was not believable. She had no real time to grieve. She moved on with her life much too quickly.
These small points aside, I enjoyed reading Shiloh and Spud's adventures, and am curious to find out where they head to next. As series go, this second in the Zygan Emprise left many unanswered questions to pique my curiosity, and I look forward to the next one. Let's just hope it's not like Return of the Jedi.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)

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