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No Port to Land (Law & Crucible Saga 1)
Nia is one of the few souls left aboard a drifting tomb known as The Pacific. The spaceship carries a deadly plague, and by the time they receive a distress call from an approaching shuttle, they are all close to losing hope they might ever escape alive. When the will of the shuttle crew and that of the survivors on The Pacific clash, Nia has to pick a side to save what she holds most dear.
Point of Origin (Law & Crucible Saga 2)
Suffering from neural degeneration, Thea is fading away in an asylum with no hope of ever leaving it.
When Captain Law offers her an opportunity to board his ship in return for her help, the astrophysicist is faced with having to learn to trust them or end up in another asylum with slim chance for recovery. And then her secret will be lost.
With a contract that they are desperate to obtain and a rogue asteroid in enemy territory, Captain Law and his crew must keep Thea free from harm, but a missing crew member and a band of misfits thwart their efforts and send them on a mission no one was prepared for.
Can Thea and Captain Law learn to work together for one goal or will long-held secrets and mistrust shake their resolve and destroy their efforts?
Bonds of Steel (Law & Crucible Saga 3)
On a routine trip across the asteroid field, the robot, Del, and unregistered AI, Vee, meet trouble. With Captain Law and his crew having been put into stasis, their only chance of survival will mean placing themselves at the mercy of what few resources they have. Without a human to assist them, Del and Vee will be vulnerable and so too will the ship and all the lives on board.
Despite their best efforts to avoid unwanted visitors, another ship is en route. Their arrival does not guarantee the safety of those on board, and may ultimately lead to their demise.
With his position on the ship on the line, can Del stave off an attack or are their deaths inevitable?This series of novellas/short stories is pitched as a space opera, and that pretty well fits with the settings all primarily on ships in outer space. Each of the three stories stands alone, though the character of Captain Law and some of his crew are in all three stories. Each story starts with a little "stage setting" paragraph to save some time and for readers to be able to jump right into the stories.
The first story, No Port to Land, is the darkest of the three stories and takes readers into the horrific places that people go when they are desperate to survive. Author Ioana Visan does a great job of describing the hopelessness and eeriness of the decrepit space cruise ship and the people in various stages of dying aboard. Main character Nia is a survivor and readers will feel for her and what she must tolerate to stay alive.
The second story, Point of Origin, is a separate story from the first, with only a very small connection to an event that happened in No Port to Land. It was disappointing to not ever know what happened to Nia and her sister Leelee -- they/their fate is never referenced. Readers are introduced to some new characters in this story, including one named Mia. This was initially confusing because I was expecting some continuation of the first story and actually thought Mia WAS Nia and there was a typo or something. Point of Origin provides action and suspense with shoot-outs and tight situations that the crew may or may not escape.
Bonds of Steel is the third story in the Law and Crucible Saga, and it is immediately connected to Point of Origin. This book provides some comedic relief with the story being primarily about the spaceship's Artificial Intelligence (named Vee) and robot (Del), who are left in charge of the ship and find themselves in some trouble. Author Visan does her best characterization here, ironically for the two characters who aren't human. Readers form very distinct opinions of Vee and Del, and are left with an impression that there will be more from these two in any future.
Overall, these stories are quick and intriguing stories, with interesting concepts, and creative plots with good pacing. There is a lot of background left unexplained and just as many questions left unanswered -- especially in the first two stories. In addition to word use errors and typos, passages are often very long, awkward, and/or difficult to follow. Basically, the book is in need of a bit of editing to remedy plot and writing issues.
Readers who enjoy sci-fi and outer space adventures will enjoy the stories. The books' content for the most part is okay for young adults and up. With the exception of the first book, the language is clean and there aren't any sexual situations, but sensitive readers need to be aware that the first book uses the Fbomb and there is a rape (not explicit) and discussions of rape as the norm.
Thank you to the author for providing me eBooks of all three stories in exchange for my honest opinions -- the only kind I give.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can’t, she writes about it.
After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in Human Instincts, she played with shapeshifters in Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks, she dealt with vampires in The Impaler Legacy series, she designed prosthetics in Broken People, and she helped wingless fairies in The Weight of a Wing before tackling a space opera saga.
Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection, Efectul de nautil, and the Romanian edition of Human Instincts.
She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.
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3 eBOOK SETS OF THE TRILOGY