A Breath of Hope

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The Humals. Humanoid Aliens. They dominated the spiral arm millennia ago then vanished without trace. Man had found traces of their presence, reverse-engineered their technology and speculated endlessly about their demise. But no one really knew what had happened. No one knew why they had disappeared or why so few traces of them remained... More

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About Robert E. Taylor

Robert Taylor lives with his long-term partner just outside London, England. He has travelled widely, visiting most of Europe, much of North Africa and parts of the Middle-East.
His jobs have included many diverse careers such as Bank Courier, Cinema Projectionist and even Scuba Diving Instructor.
In his off time, he enjoys travel, reading, computer gaming and watching movies.

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Graeme Bourke reviewed on April 4, 2018

I am a writer with over twenty years experience in non-fiction, fiction, and I have written for magazines. I also critique books for a local magazine so I have good knowledge of what is required as a writer. You asked for feedback so here it is.
The first line, the first paragraph or first page is critical for a reader and your first lines would not get past any editor looking at your work. You are pushing your character, Hamilton onto the readers rather than easing him into their minds.
I think those readers who have given you five stars have done you an injustice in making you think your work is up to standard when it isn't. All that aside I can sense your urgency to write, to tell a story which you do admirably. There are storytellers and there are writers, to be able to do both demands a lot of hard work. I suggest you read R. W. Peake, one of his Caesar series to give you an example to follow. I wish you all the best with your writing
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Robert Colton reviewed on Feb. 2, 2013

THis is a well wrote book and i look forward to his next.It starts out slow but ounce the story gets going you cant but the book down.A great book for your frist book thumbs up here.thank you
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
chris baylis reviewed on March 2, 2012

A BREATH of HOPE was written by Robert E Taylor as his first novel some 20 years ago. It is the first in a trilogy
of stories under the umbrella name, the Humal Sequence.

The story is told from the viewpoint of a tough veteran, an anti-hero archetype by the name of Hamilton. Like all good
leading men Hamilton has friends in low places that he can call on for aid, as well as acquaintences, such as the half android
Klane, that he would trust with his life.

The story has Hamilton, Klane and a number of other mercenary types hired by a wealthy magnate called Vogerian
to go into deep space in search of Humal relics on a Humal ship and planet. The crew are a typical motley bunch of
which one, Lewis, Hamilton takes an immediate dislike to. He is also wary of Carl, Volgerian's bodyguard, who is not
all, if any, human.

The journey into deep space is long and virtually uneventful until they reach the main ship and the shuttle taking the crew
they are relieving explodes within seconds of its departure, naturally killing all on board. Later a crew member is found dead.
The reason for his death is never fully explained, except that it puts Hamilton more on his guard than ever.

I do not want to spoil the tale by giving too much away, so I shall suffice it to say that virtually all is explained and the story
ends with an obvious opening for continuation, which 20 years later Rob Taylor has obliged with; stating right at the start
that a third volume is imminent (hence why I called it a trilogy although this is not actually mentioned previously).

My personal view is that Rob has created some good characters but hasn't rounded them off enough to be much more
than average stereotypes; and just when one or two of them begin to get really interesting their part in the affair ends, which
is maybe realistic but a shame as there was a lot more mileage, especially in a trilogy, to be had from them. The actual telling
of the story is at times slow and thus laborious and sometimes over described. Instead of saying "He did this" or "He did that"
Rob uses the surname over and over so you get "Hamilton did this, then Hamilton did that, then Hamilton looked at his watch,
and then Hamilton knew that it was time that he, Hamilton and Klane, should go here..." That was not actual text from the book
but just an example of how it too occasionally reads.

I understand that this was Rob's first book and it should be applauded as a fine effort. I read it from beginning to end and then
started on the second in the series almost immediately, which shows I want to know what happens next, as well as how Rob's
writing has altered in the 20 year gap.

Rob's books are easy to download and cost very little. You can read more about Rob at http://www.hipoint.co.uk

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(reviewed 57 days after purchase)
Prudence MacLeod reviewed on Feb. 24, 2012

Book Review: A Breath of Hope

Hi folks, it’s time for another book review. This time I want to tell you about A Breath of Hope by Robert E. Taylor. I really like reading the work of new authors. Sometimes you find a real gem, and this book is one of those. The hero, Hamilton, reminds is a rather practical man, but a man with limited patience. He’s a likeable fellow in spite of himself. Against his better judgement, he accepts a post as chief of security on a long range space ship.
Hamilton recruits a crew of two, a professional thief and a battle scarred mercenary. Together they try to solve the mysteries and intrigue aboard the ship. It is not an easy task and it keeps you guessing right up to the end. This is a great story and these characters cry out for more action. Is there a sequel in the works? I hope there is. Really good stories deserve five stars and A Breath of Hope gets them.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
SusiBiker reviewed on Aug. 24, 2011

This was my first exposure to the worlds that Robert E. Taylor has created. This book is a good old-fashioned Space Opera in the old traditional style of Larry Niven or Asimov. The sort of SciFi where the tech doesn't get in the way of the story. The story is everything. Please to enjoy.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

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