Date read: January 19, 2016
1. Wreck of the Nebula Dream - Paperback | Kindle
2. Escape from Zulaire
3. Mission to Mahjundar
4. Star Cruise: Marooned
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A reimagining of the Titanic disaster set in the far future among the stars…Thoughts on Wreck of the Nebula Dream: Well. Titanic in space totally worked for me. Partially because the idea of a doomed ship tickles my literary fancy and partially because Nick and his crew were kinda awesome as they navigated the pitfalls of shoddy construction, space pirates, and all the crazy that comes with a marooned ship floundering in an airless void.
Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.
All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.
But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?
Man, I kinda want to read it again after writing that.
Might I just say Special Forces dudes are all kinds of ninja awesome. From override codes to incredible endurance (What? He keeps going when the going gets tough. For real! The guy refuses to quit. What were you thinking, pervs? Come to think, he probably does have incredible endurance between the sheets, too. The guy is very focused.) Nick doesn't back down when innocent lives are at stake.
I liked the cohorts he picked up as things began to fall apart on the ship. I liked the way each of his companions had something to contribute to their escape. The bad guys were properly bad. The good guys showed up in the nick of time. And the disaster on the ship? Pretty awful. Especially when Nick begins to piece together all the things that weren't done right by crew and builders for this maiden voyage.
All in all, we were given an excellent update to a tragic event. It was chock full of edge of your seat action with just enough romance to keep me happy. *thumbs up*