Zeno Antioch

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  • The Backworlds on Jan. 10, 2017

    Like a couple of reviewers, I took a little to get into "The Backworlds", and even had to make a second start at it. However, once into it, I was doomed to be hooked. Craze is an instantly likeable dude who got a bum deal from his father (and his father is a serious lowlife by any standards!!). The story itself moves along at a fierce pace, which is a good thing. Much of the frenetic energy leaves the reader with the confusion of a new world, mirroring much of Craze's initial confusion in his own situation. I had the blessing of obtaining the free issue of this book and I bought the next 3 in the series. Thanks for a chance to read this, M. Pax! People looking for a solid, believable and relatively easy read, "The Backworlds" is a hard one to beat.
  • Boomtown Craze on March 10, 2017

    Getting into the third installment of the series, one might expect a slow. Not a chance. The characters develop and grow, most noticeable in this added maturity is Craze as he departs from Verkinn culture in a number of ways. Dactyl also gets a much deeper look at, as well. I am glad that I do not need to wait for the next one like Rob Sitler! I love this story and can't wait to get into the next one!
  • Precipice on April 15, 2017

    The saga continues with Craze and friends getting more crap thrown at them by the Galaxy. The Quassers are making moves into The Edge and even making the Foreworlds feel the pinch. In the face of this massive threat, new friends must be found. This is an edgy volume that delves into the psychoses of the different residents of the galaxy a bit more as they adapt to the new situation. Some rise to the occasion really well and others find new aspects to themselves. Add to that, a great deal more of the history arch that makes up the world that we have come to know and love is revealed. Awesome!! Can't wait to get into the next one!
  • Exodus on April 15, 2017

    It took me a little to get into this story, but once into it, it was a riveting build up and and solid read. The scheming and possible scenarios are covered well and Christensen develops the characters well. They are believable and relate-able, despite the incredible circumstances. I really enjoyed this book a great deal and it did not tax the brain all that much. It was a light read constructed with a great deal of skill on the part of the author. (Review of a free book.)
  • The Enemy of an Enemy on Aug. 31, 2017

    The concept behind the story works exceptionally well. I found the style somewhat stilted, though. That said, many of the editing issues that independent authors suffer from are not present in this book in any great number . I found the story itself moved quickly and only rarely felt "bogged down". Although there were some aspects that did not fit well with me, this is one of the most original ideas I've read in ages. Thank you to Mr Trigili for putting this volume on for free and giving us the chance to read it. The story certainly leaves the reader with enough intrigue to go on to other volumes.
  • Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins on Dec. 25, 2017

    I absolutely loved this story and it is a great opener to the series. The action and pace is fantastic with a lot to appeal to all readers of good sci-fi. The characters are very well developed as individuals and the opening of each book with an alternative character's vignette is a great touch to keep less central characters in play during narratives where they are not so central. Like an earlier reviewer, I will be reading beyond this volume to see what happens!