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Sunday 29 January 2012

Book Review - Final Assault by Stephen Ames Berry

I've said it before, I am not a huge science fiction fan but then I read some books by a guy called Michael R Hicks, the In Her Name series.   Through Mr Hicks I found Stephen Ames Berry, who like Mr Hicks had written a small series of space based adventures and I am coming round to be a fan of SyFy alongside all the other genres that I read.  The other thing about these guys are that they are Indie Authors, self published through the various e book formats. And I am fast becoming a HUGE fan of Indie authors, folk who market their own books because they can't get a publishing deal, why the hell not, there are some fine Indie writers out there, and they engage with you, although so do some more established authors as well, Julian Stockwin, a firm favourite, who takes time to respond to you through social media,  but, this is about A Book and not my gripe on publishing agencies, so here goes....

Final Assault by Stephen Ames Berry, last in a quartet of books:

100000 years ago humanoids fled from an other universe to escape the sentient Telens, biofab beings that had created them and used them as slaves.  With the help of the Scotar, an insectoid shape shifting, teleporting race, they establish on new planets setting up their own planetary systems and hierarchical structures.

For 100000 years they lived under an emperors rule; but then the Scotar introduced a new element into the mix. An element that tore the new planetary systems apart in wars that spanned the known universe killing billions. Why? The Scotars knew that the Telens would eventually come for their escaped slaves and determined that over the centuries they had become fat on commerce; lazy and unable to defend themselves against the Telens.  By starting  such a destructive war the Scotars believed that the surviving humans would be better able to defend themselves against what was to come, regardless of the cost in lives and planetary systems.......

The Final Assault is the culmination of that war and to the coming of the Telans.  It brings together all the parts of the previous books, in a fast paced Galaxy and Alternate reality spanning flight and fight and withdrawal to defend Kronar the home planet established after the first flight to safety all those centuries ago.

Spiders webs of intrigue and double dealing start to unravel, the truth of who the Scotars really were are revealed, central characters are revealed to be more than we thought in previous books, and it all makes perfect sense.

It's Science Fiction and it is out of this world, it scans as you read and it is fast paced action from start to finish.

Editing for Kindle: 4 out of 5
Reading Enjoyment: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Overall Story: 5 out of 5

Previous Posts:

The Battle for Terra Two
The AI War


  1. These are all on my list. But he's revising them and re-issuing them, right? So should I wait?

  2. Stephen Ames Berry31 January 2012 at 00:09

    Thank you, Tom. Tidying up THE BIOFAB WAR, last as it is first. :)


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