Word Cloud: Varna Sapce Station, Galaxy, Xylone Techology, Uumshar, Chatoans, Halan, Arsus, Celestra, Tryloanians, Ah-Hiana, Bend time.
For my second review I’ve chosen a short story collection called Resurgence by Sacha Valero.
CONTACT is the first part, and stand at 51 pages. An easy read for Sci-fi lovers. Now I have to admit, I’m not a fan of Sci-fi but to my surprise I was pulled in to this one.
It follows a couple of crew member on an expedition to find other worlds. We meet Lawkins, Kaitlyn, Dr. Davis, just to name a few. Their ship foun and alien city, and when they explored the city, the crew came under attack. Sacha’s action scenes were done beautifully and you are hooked. A couple of important characters were killed during the first part, but that is what I like from a story, even if Sci-fi or fantasy, you need that bit of realism.
The first part end with Lawkins and a couple of rescue crew members being transported to safety, where they meet little orange creatures with huge green eyes.
The second part is LONG LOST COUSINS. It carries on where Sacha stopped at the end of part one, and is a mere 41 pages long. These short stories are easy to revour in a couple of hours.
We learn that the human race are no longer alone. We meet the Chitoan’s, a warrior race who’s first instinct is to attack.
The Varna Space station sits near the galactic centre and the story follows as such.
The Chitoan’s are threatened with the humans, and numerous attacks broke out between them, which the humans get the upper hand, but each time the Chitoans learn from their mistakes.
We get introduced to more characters, Lt. Thinley, Captain Willing (which was introduced in the first part too), just to name a couple. The missing explorer Hecules, a ship lost for six hundred years were finally found by the Varna Space Station. It’s crew still alive which leaves their captain, Jax more than six hundred years old.
We meet the Uumshar, a very peaceful race and get to see what happened to Davis that was taken in the Alien city in part one.
Sacha ends part two with another ship getting attack.
I just want to give it to Sacha, that his action scenes are really done great.
I only read the first two parts as that is what time allows me, and the Resurgence collection left me with a small feeling of Star Trek. It has that same structure and think fans of Star Trek might love this collection of stories.
Now what I didn’t like about the stories. Sacha lacks ability in the writing mechanics, especially his dialogue, which is written in one. There is no indication of breaks between characters speaking and it leaves the reader at times a bit confused. It would be an even easier read if that small part is fixed. He needs a good proof reader too for that little mistakes the author’s eye can’t easily pick up.
Now writing mechanics aren’t the end of the world and it’s something that can easily be fixed.
Even witht the things I didn’t like, Sacha is a really talented story teller and his imagination, once again, over exceeded my expectation. I’m definetely going to keep my eye on this author. He is a diamond in the ruff.
Sacha’s stories can be found on Smashwords and he has four free story arcs on his website http://resurgenceseries.com/.
Lovely story Sacha, and please keep an eye out for the next entry which is all about Sacha Valero.