Format: Paperback, 277 pages
Publication: Independently published on April 25, 2019
Series: Artifact, Book One
Synopsis: Five thousand years ago in a savage assault, someone tried to annihilate humanity. They almost succeeded. Now, millennia after the First Stellar Civilization’s cataclysmic destruction, humans have clawed their way back from the brink of extinction and returned to the stars. Massive riches in the form of forgotten tech lie hidden in the ruins of the First Civ’s dead, shattered worlds. For a prospector with luck and the right coordinates, they are ripe for the taking. Holtz Mitsumi has neither. Down and out from a failed expedition, Mitsumi allows an enigmatic stranger to talk him into one more prospecting run. After scraping together a crew, Mitsumi embarks with high hopes. But nothing is as it seems and this run may be his last.
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
I don’t read much science fiction, but the concept of this one caught my attention immediately. The storyline itself was intriguing; though I know little to nothing about sci-fi, it was easy to become invested in the storyline. I could easily see the world and plot happening as I read.
I didn’t have much of a connection to the characters, but they were well-written. It was a bit difficult for me to keep up with all of the names used, though. Bates switched between using first and last names for the characters; I think if he’d stuck to either first or last names, it would’ve been easier for me to keep track.
This was a good read, but I do think it would’ve been better if I’d been able to connect with the characters better. Either way, I enjoyed the book and will definitely look into the second book.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via iRead Book Tours. This did not influence my opinion in any way.
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Meet the Author
Kevin W. Bates was born in Berkeley, California and, with the exception of a couple year stint in Sydney Australia and a study abroad program in Japan, was raised there. In his Martin Luther King Jr. High and Berkeley High School years, Kevin developed a life-long fascination with science fiction (and, oddly, nuclear weapons) and a tendency to day dream. He discovered early that among the greatest joys in life is the thrill of losing yourself in a gripping space adventure soaring across the galaxy. Raised on classic science fiction authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury, Kevin took up writing science fiction to provide the same mind expanding thrills he enjoyed from those authors and more contemporary ones like Alastair Reynolds, Iain M. Banks, David Brin and Neal Stephenson.