Ruabon (Lost Tale of Solace #4) by Karl Drinkwater
ABOUT THE BOOK
Welcome to Tecant. Nothing ever happens here. Until today.
Ruabon Nadarl is just another low-ranking member of the scan crew, slaving away for the UFS which “liberated” his homeworld. To help pass the time during long shifts he builds secret personalities into the robots he controls. Despite his ingenuity, the UFS offers few opportunities for a better life.
Then Ruabon detects an intruder on the surface of a vital communications tower.
He could just report it and let the deadly UFS commandos take over, while Ruabon returns to obscurity.
Or he could break UFS laws and try to capture the intruder himself. For the UFS, only the outcome matters, not the method. If his custom-programmed drones can save the day, he’ll be a hero.
And if he fails, he’ll be dead.
I’ve been following the Lost Tale of Solace series since the beginning (see my reviews for Helene, Grubane and Clarissa} and was interested to see what Mr. Drinkwater had up his sleeve for the next adventure in space. It didn’t disappoint.
Senior Cadet Ruabon Nadarl is a low-ranking member of the scan crew who was expecting another boring day on the planet Tecant, but it appears fate is going to either make him a hero or be his worst nightmare.
Mr. Drinkwater does it again by giving the reader a fast-paced chase in a 70-page novella to prevent a terrorist from destroying a vital communication tower. Ruabon is normally a rule follower, but when he notices an intruder bent on causing havoc, he takes charge with his secretly altered robots to bring the assailant down. The assailant appears to be Trooper Opal Imbiana who has defected from the military and she’s looking for her sister Clarissa who was kidnapped and taken away by the UFS. As Ruabon tracks down Opal’s ship manned by a rogue AI, Athene, also known as ViraUHX, he oversteps his rank and the ship gets away. Oops! Ruabon’s day doesn’t look so good now.
With Ruabon’s flirty, happy bots and his snarky teammate Cadet Sutchess Pyke, the story engages the reader as we watch Ruabon become a hero to his team no matter the consequences.
I recommend this imaginative and riveting tale for science fiction fans who love fascinating and relatable characters and captivating techno world-building.
Thank you to Mr. Drinkwater for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karl Drinkwater writes thrilling SF, suspenseful horror, and contemporary literary fiction. Whichever you pick you’ll find interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.
Karl has lived in many places but now calls Scotland his home. He’s an ex-librarian with degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science. He also studied astrophysics for a year at university, surprising himself by winning a prize for “Outstanding Performance”.
When he isn’t writing he loves guitars, exercise, computer and board games, nature, and vegan cake. Not necessarily in that order.
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