Book Review: “Velocity Weapon”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Velocity Weapon” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Megan E. O’Keefe (http://meganokeefe.com). This is Ms. O’Keefe’s fifth novel and the first in her “The Protectorate” series. 

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 ‘R’ because it contains scenes of violence and Mature Language. The story is set in 3541 and 3771. The primary characters are the siblings Sanda and Biran Greeve. 

Sanda commands a gunship and is attacked while on patrol in space. She wakes up 230 years later the only human aboard a sentient enemy spacecraft.  Biran has been identified as special and has been in training to be a Keeper. He quickly rises through the ranks of the Keepers. 

Sanda learns that her home of Ada Prime and their enemies the Icarions have destroyed one another and she is alone. The AI ship seems to be her friend, but she is suspicious. That suspicion is increased when they find another survivor in the wreckage. 

Biran uses his political position to keep the war from escalating beyond control. He also is using every avenue possible to look for his missing sister. He soon finds that the government he has always wanted to be a part of is not what he expected. 

I enjoyed the 14.5+ hours I spent reading this 545-page science fiction novel. I liked the plot and thought it was a little different. I do think that the story ended a little abruptly. Certainly, the saga of Biran and Sanda is far from over. I am not a fan of the selected cover art. I don’t see how that relates much to the story (is it supposed to be the sentient ship Bero?). I give this novel a 4  out of 5.

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