Book Review – “Forsaken Skies” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by D. Nolan Clark (pseudonym for David Wellington https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Wellington_(author)). This is the first book in his “The Silence” trilogy. He has 16 other novels published under his real name.
I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the far future. Humanity has colonized more than 100 planets. Life expectancy has increased to where people can live for centuries. Humanity has not changed in that it still finds reasons to declare war with itself.
The primary character is Commander Lanoe. He is a highly decorated and very old Earth Navy fighter pilot. Now retired, again, he is approached by emissaries from the distant world of Niraya. They have detected a fleet approaching their world. They have been turned down for assistance by the government and by the corporation that owns the planet. Now they desperately need help defending their homes and they turn to Lenoe.
Lanoe gathers a few people and heads to Niraya with his small force to try and protect the inhabitants. Some are old trusted comrades, while others are only newly encountered and are still untrusted. Once he investigates the approaching fleet, he is surprised to find that it is of alien origin. This is the first sign of alien life humans have encountered.
With limited resources and manpower, Lanoe leads a defense of Naraya. But they face overwhelming odds of more than 100 to 1. They are able to rally a defense, but it is far from clear if they will be able to survive the encounter.
I thoroughly enjoyed nearly 19 hours of reading with this 608 page Science Fiction novel. It was well written and had a good plot. While some aspects of the plot were predictable, many were not. This was a fast paced action novel for the most part. The cover art is a reasonable choice for this novel. I look forward to the next volume in this series. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.
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