The Trilisk Ruins

Rated 4.70/5 based on 10 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 111K paid sales plus another 86K free downloads.

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About the Series: Parker Interstellar Travels
Telisa Relachik studied to be a xenoarchaeologist in a future where humans have found alien artifacts but have never encountered live aliens. Of all the aliens whose extinct civilizations are investigated, the Trilisks are the most advanced and the most mysterious. Telisa refuses to join the government because of her opposition to its hard-handed policies restricting civilian investigation and trade of alien artifacts, despite the fact that her estranged father is a captain in the United Nations Space Force.

When a group of artifact smugglers recruits her, she can't pass up the chance at getting her hands on alien objects that could advance her life's work as an employee of their front company, Parker Interstellar Travels.

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bitflusher reviewed on on Aug. 11, 2019
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After reading book 1 and 2 I just purchased 3. Thank you for writing this series. (Not a spoiler, literally in the first chapter) I like the non humanoid aliens.
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Justin Thomas reviewed on on Jan. 31, 2019

An excellent read. I had a hard time putting this one down, but life doesn't wait. Can't wait to read more in this series.
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JaneofArch reviewed on on May 12, 2016
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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.
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Hannes Birnbacher reviewed on 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".
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Thomas Hochmann reviewed on 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)
Shannon Doran reviewed on on Sep. 6, 2013

Compelling, I had a hard time putting it down. Seems to be a fresh approach
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Thomas Woodring reviewed on on April 4, 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)
Mark Langridge reviewed on on March 2, 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)
Stuart Gathman reviewed on on Jan. 26, 2013
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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)
A G reviewed on on July 1, 2012

A great read, a bargain at the current price ($3 US).
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Ron Ahearn reviewed on 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)
Daniel Gomez reviewed on on Feb. 5, 2012

I really enjoyed this book, the characters are very realistic and
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Jason coutu reviewed on 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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