Sara's Review: Escapee: Repelling the Invasion by Edward Hoornaert
Author Provided Copy
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Released: April 19, 2016
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction
Length: 262 pages
This follows book 1, Guardian Angel of Farflung Station... A Disillusioned Soldier Hector Dukelsky, an upper-class career officer, yearns to fight a righteous war instead of defending corporate interests on Banff, an isolated mining moon. That dream seems dead when his entire command is slaughtered while he’s away, leaving him alone in smouldering rubble with no chance to survive, let alone strike back at the enemy. A Pilot with a Chip on Her Shoulder Catt Sayer, a working-class fugitive from the law, earns a meagre income carrying supplies on a decrepit airship, but her hard-won life vanishes when invaders capture Banff. While searching for survivors, she rescues Hector and flies him to safety. But he doesn’t want safety. He wants her to risk her life on a hopeless journey to attack the enemy headquarters. A Dying Moon Catt is sure Banff will kill them long before the enemy can … yet she agree s to Hector’s scheme, certain he’ll quit after experiencing one of the moon’s eruptions or ferocious storms. But he doesn’t quit, and slowly his noble dream—and his love—conquer her heart. She pits her life and love against Banff’s lethal environment, even though the only reward for success will be the opportunity to face ten thousand enemy warriors.
2.5 (Three) Boundless Stars
I was provided a copy of Escapee: Repelling the Invasion in exchange for an honest review. I’m not sure if maybe I was provided an older unedited copy; but one issue I had with the story was, it seemed like explanations were missing. For example, one moment they would be kissing then she is awkwardly covering her breasts. I would go back and re-read thinking I missed something; not realizing she stripped down, but nope, it wasn’t mentioned. Don’t get me wrong, I am not one to get hung up with tons of superfluous details; however, there are times when those details are left out I’m left scratching my head. Yes, I can conclude 1+1=2, but if you are going to write about 1, then two why not give us the other +1.
The imagery in the story was excellent; I had the air ship and the lava filled waste land clearly pictured in my mind. Yet again, so much time was spent reading about the ship, that it was hard not to get a clear picture of it. The story was getting a bit tedious with all of the technical aspects that really didn’t mean anything to me. Although the imagery was awesome.
So much time was spent fixing the ship, flying and trying to get to where they were going, I was becoming bored with the story; it would get exciting for a bit, then slow down again. There were some very strong emotional moments that were extremely heartfelt, and Hoornaert did an excellent job with the realism and desperation of the situation the survivors found themselves in. A point that I wasn’t happy with, it was a fade to black; not my favorite. He had his two leads screwing like rabbits, yet we got none of that, instead we got pages of how to fix parts of the ship. No offense, here I was thinking to myself, yep a man wrote this, sorry Edward.
Overall; I liked the excitement and the imagery of the story, yet too much time was spent on details that made the story drag. Don’t feel bad, I skipped pages of the inner working of the submarine in a Hunt for Red October too. Same type of thing. I am giving Escapee: Repelling the Invasion 2.5 stars. It was good at points, but could have been better at others.