August 04, 2020

#BookReview: Scion of Conquered Earth (Scion #1) by Michael J. Allen @TheDScribbler

Synopsis: An alien force has descended upon Earth. Fighters bombard the ruins. Monsters hunt the wastes – some humans serving the Welorin in order to indulge their petty cruelties. The last free survivors struggle against starvation and capture. It’s a world where friendship costs too dearly and heroics verge on suicide.

One young man simply can’t resist either. Welorin torture machines ravage his world, filling it with literal nightmares. Cannibalistic aerobics instructors hunt him and snatcher teams dog his every step. Alaric attempts one rescue after another, hoping someone might possess keys to unlock memories stolen by the initial assault.

An aborted rescue lands him in a three way fight between Welorin forces and interstellar raiders. He takes cover in the pirates’ ship, coercing its AI, Cassii, into helping him. Success comes with unexpected consequence as Cassii abandons her crew, his friends and Earth’s solar system.

Cassii refuses to return to Earth, decrying her former captain’s despoiling of the ship’s weapons and armor. Alaric leverages goods stolen from Earth by Cassii’s former crew into a bid at privateering. Surrounded by tech he barely understands and exotic life forms, he’s easy prey for the Protectorate’s mercenary population.

Escort Captain Manc Shepherd and the sultry pirate Tyne Ren – Manc’s onetime partner – manipulate, exploit and seduce him across the stars. Alaric’s perilous heroics complicate their tug-of-war, endangering both and Alaric’s ship – their intended prize.

Alaric must decide who he is, what he holds dear and how far he’ll go to protect both. He must choose who to trust: his mentor, his temptress or his smitten ship’s AI. The right choice could save worlds. The wrong one could throw him into a desperate battle to save thousands from his betrayer at the cost of his truest friend.


Rating: ★★★★
My Review:  This was a great story and it reminded me of a mix of Ender's Game and Firefly which was wonderful!  I really loved those two shows.  This author did one step further and tossed in of all things zombies and more!  I loved it.  It did have a few issues but nothing too bad. If your a fandom geek then check this series put it has it all wrapped up in a very nice package. I didn't really care for the cover of this one though.  I think that could have been a lot better. Covers are what makes us read books to start and this one just didn't do it for me. The story was well paced and the characters were well formed and worked well. The story and plot were engaging and I cant wait to dive into book two.

"It's a wild and fun ride...Scion of Conquered Earth is a gripping read that balances a fast paced plot with smaller character moments..." - Casey R. Oakes,

From the Back Cover

A Young Man Caught Between Warring Intergalactic Powers Must Make A Choice That Could Save Worlds Or Ruin Galaxies...

Alien fighters bombard Earth's ruins. Cannibalistic aerobics instructors hunt the wastes. The last free survivors struggle against starvation and enslavement. It's become a world where friendship costs too dearly and heroics verge on suicide.

One young man can't resist either until a fed-up AI steals him off the planet. Alone with only a sarcastic, broken-down star ship, he braves a whole new verse full of strange new enemies and tech he barely understands.

Help and harm beset him from identical faces, forcing Earth's last free scion to decide who he is, what he holds dear and just how far he'll go to protect both...

Michael J. Allen is a USA Today bestselling author of multi-layer science fiction and fantasy novels. Born in Oregon and an avid storm fan, he lives in far too hot & humid rural Georgia with his two black Labradors: Myth and Magesty. On those rare occasions he tears himself away from reading, writing and conventions he can be found enjoying bad scifi movies, playing D&D or the occasional video game, getting hit with sticks in the SCA or hanging out with the crew of Starfleet International’s U.S.S. DaVinci. 

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