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Sometimes spaceships disappear with everyone on board – the Lost Ships. But sometimes
they come back, strangely altered, derelict, and rumoured to be full of horrors.
Opal is on a mission. She’s been seeking something her whole life. Something she is willing
to die for. And she thinks it might be on a Lost Ship.
Opal has stolen Clarissa, an experimental AI-controlled spaceship, from the military.
Together they have tracked down a Lost Ship, in a lonely nebula far from colonised space.
The Lost Ship is falling into the gravity well of a neutron star, and will soon be truly lost …
forever. Legends say the ships harbour death, but there’s no time for indecision.
Opal gears up to board it. She’s just one woman, entering an alien and lethal environment.
But perhaps with the aid of Clarissa’s intelligence – and an armoured spacesuit – Opal may stand a chance.
This story jumps immediately into the action, Opal having already taken the AI spaceship Clarissa. The entire opening paragraphs leave me asking so many questions and capturing my attention to the plot right away. I like how Clarissa was more than some mindless thinking robot, she had a personality and seemed to deeply care about Opal. The descriptions were rather detailed, esepcially when talking about anything that was abnormal(a lot more abnormal space stuff than I thought. It was good!) The creature’s were allusive and it made it a little more terrifying to read.
The chosen writing style was unique. It was mostly written in 3rd person, with the occassional “thoughts” in first person. Any time it was done in this way, it was usually a rather insightful paragraph that left me awed. The Solace ship had a very uneasy and distrustful feel about it and I was wary for every second Opal spent inside it.
This story had plenty of intense scenes in it as well as a ton of action. The horror elements were there and done with just enough mystery to them.
This book caught my attention, and left me turning page after page to unravel the mystery. If you’re a Sci-fi fan with a few good intense and spooky moments- this is definitely a book worth checking out.
About the Author
Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but lived in Wales for twenty years, and now calls Scotland his home. He’s a full-time author, edits fiction for other writers, and was a
professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.
He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you’ll find elements of literary and contemporary fiction, gritty urban, horror, suspense,paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, romance, social commentary, and more. The end result is interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.
When he isn’t writing he loves exercise, guitars, computer and board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, cake, and zombies. Not necessarily in that order.
Check out Karl by finding him across various social media websites!