Major Grubane is commander of the Aurikaa, the most feared cruiser in the UFS arsenal.
His crew is handpicked and fiercely loyal.
Together, they have never failed a mission, and their reputation precedes them.
But this time he’s been sent to a key planet that is caught up in political tensions at the centre of the freedom debate. What he thought was a simple diplomatic mission turns out to be the hardest choice of his career. His orders: eliminate one million inhabitants of the planet, and ensure their compliance.
Grubane has also rediscovered an ancient game called chess, and plays it against the ship AI as a form of mental training. But maybe it could be more than that as he finds himself asking questions. Can orders be reinterpreted? How many moves ahead is it possible for one man to plan? And how many players are involved in this game?
I love the Lost Solace series by Karl Drinkwater, so when I found out there was a novella for a side story, I jumped at the chance to read it. Grubane fits right into the timeline and is such an intriguing premise. This novella is a good place to start, if you haven’t read the series yet, but if you have, this focuses on a favorite character of mine – Major Grubane and the A.I.
Karl Drinkwater is a master at characterization. Grubane is a fantastic character, and learning more about him is really fantastic. I love the AI interaction. I think that is one of the things that makes this series so good.
I am loving the indepth look at the events leading up to the Lost Solace series. This is such an entertaining novella.
I recommend checking this one out regardless if you have read the series or if you’re looking to start it! Highly recommended!
*I received a free copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
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.
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