The Trilisk Ruins

Rated 4.67/5 based on 9 reviews
When a group of artifact smugglers recruits her, Telisa can't pass up the chance at getting her hands on objects that could advance her life's work. But she soon learns her expectations of excitement and riches come with serious drawbacks as she ends up fighting for her life on a mysterious alien planet. More
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About Michael McCloskey

I am a software engineer in Silicon Valley who dreams of otherworldly creatures, mysterious alien planets, and fantastic adventures. I am also an indie author with over 97K paid sales and over 155K downloads.

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Review by: JaneofArch on May 12, 2016 : (no rating)
Jeezy Kirizzo! After the 'Tell, Don't Show' prologue of Trilisk Ruins, chapter 1 opens with the protagonist standing in front of a mirror and describing to herself what she sees.
This might be an exciting story but the opening turned me off.
(review of free book)

Review by: Hannes Birnbacher on April 22, 2016 :
Could not stop reading, extremely exciting, lots of action, interesting science fiction (extrapolation of today's technology.
Four stars only because five stars, in my system, are reserved for the best fiction of all ages, e.g. Orwell "1984".
(review of free book)

Review by: Thomas Hochmann on Sep. 26, 2013 :
One of those great novels that you could devour in one sitting. I had to do it in two sittings, because... y'know, real life and all that. Still, this is a compelling read.

Michael McCloskey's writing reminded me in a vague way of Peter F. Hamilton. I had occasional flashbacks to Hamilton's /Fallen Dragon/ novel, although The Trilisk Ruins is nowhere near as dark. Still, McCloskey has some of those same great qualities shining through in his writing -- not the least of which is, like Hamilton, his ability to construct really believable people, places, things, and technologies. It's not much of a stretch to imagine that this story could happen to people not unlike us; but it's JUST enough of a stretch that it makes for great sci-fi.

On to the next book in the series!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Shannon Doran on Sep. 06, 2013 :
Compelling, I had a hard time putting it down. Seems to be a fresh approach
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Thomas Woodring on April 04, 2013 :
I found trilisk ruins on par with doc e e smiths lensman series, well written and rivetingly entertaining. I bought the two remaining books to date.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Mark Langridge on March 02, 2013 :
Well worth the price and an enjoyable read. On the basis I bought the other 2 in the series, and after that the I trilogy.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)

Review by: Stuart Gathman on Jan. 26, 2013 : (no rating)
Agree with other reviewers, the alien is more human than the humans - however the humans are realistic, stumbling along with no clear goal in mind. It's more that the alien is like a heroic human - missing common human faculties, but gifted with super human ones, and goal oriented.

However, the action is engaging, and the story is hard to put down. You do get attached to the human characters and want them to grow.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)

Review by: A G on July 01, 2012 :
A great read, a bargain at the current price ($3 US).
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Ron Ahearn on April 22, 2012 :
Enjoyable read,could not put it down,have been Scifi buff for 50 years,@ this price a steal
Ron Ahearn
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Daniel Gomez on Feb. 05, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book, the characters are very realistic and
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Jason coutu on Jan. 25, 2012 :
This was an excellent book. I enjoyed the dystopian future that is set out in it, and I enjoyed the story telling. I only regret was that it was so short. Here's hoping there is another volume in this series.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

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