Aurora Rising Book One
Space is vast and untamed, and it holds many secrets
Now two individuals from opposite ends of settled space are on a collision course with the darkest of those secrets, even as the world threatens to explode around them.
The year is 2322. Humanity has expanded into the stars, inhabiting over 100 worlds stretching across a third of the Milky Way. Though thriving like never before, they have discovered neither alien intelligence nor the secret to utopia. Earth struggles to maintain authority over far-flung planets and free-wheeling corporations while an uneasy armistice with a federation of breakaway colonies hangs by a thread as the former rebels rise in wealth and power.
Alexis Solovy is Earth Alliance royalty, her father a fallen war hero and her mother an influential military leader. But she seeks only the freedom of space and has made a fortune by reading the patterns in the chaos to discover the hidden wonders of the stars.
Nothing about her latest objective suggests the secret it conceals will turn her life— not to mention the entire galaxy—upside down. But a chance encounter with a mysterious spy leads to a discovery which will thrust Alex into the middle of a galactic power struggle and a sinister conspiracy, whether she likes it or not.
When faced with its greatest challenge, will humanity rise to triumph
or fall to ruin?
Aurora Rising is an epic tale of galaxy-spanning adventure, of the thrill of discovery and the unquenchable desire to reach ever farther into the unknown. It's a tale of humanity at its best and worst, of love and loss, of fear and heroism. It's the story of a woman who sought the stars and found more than anyone imagined possible.
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Praise for Starshine
"G.S. Jennsen magically weaves a wondrous tapestry that pulls us in and spurs us across a galaxy of her own making. As slaves to her whims we are taken along for a ride of intrigue, murder, adventure and a bit of romance. All woven so completely that she sucks you in head over heels, leaving her readers salivating for more.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed her amazing universe, depth of the characters and vast unpredictability of plot. She left me feeling emersed in the tastes and sounds of her worlds leaving me connected to her characters like they were old friends. The ability to transport a reader to your world is not something all authors possess. I don't just feel like I can see it while reading...I feel like I've been there. Thank you for a wonderful read. I await with bated breath for the next part of this galactic adventure."
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Starshine ranked #14 Best Science Fiction Book by Female Authors in the Last 50+ Years. "Starshine, the first book in the Aurora Rising series, smoothly weaves together multiple story lines with intrigue, murder, adventure and even a bit of romance."
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"This book is excellent! Nefarious galaxy dominating plots, strong-willed heroine, tough-as-nails good hearted bad-boy, stupid politicians...and so much more."
"Out-freaking-standing! There are long stretches of some of the very best fiction I have ever read. The interplay between the two main characters was superb. [She has] hit a grand slam the first at bat!"
"Wonderful. A beautiful and frightening story. Wonderfully written. You must read it. I will be awaiting the second book with great anticipation."
"This book might be the perfect set-in-space science fiction book. That’s a bold statement with things like Hitchhiker’s Guide roaming about, but I feel that strongly about it. Jennsen is one of those magical authors who make you forget you’re reading. I can’t even really say anything one way or another about her writing because I forgot I was reading. There was the story, the characters, the suspense, nothing else...If you want a great mix of on-ship and planet-side drama in your sic-fi, this is a fantastic choice. If you want some intelligent techno talk that doesn’t go completely over the head of an average reader, this is your book. If you want to be so absorbed in your book you forget to eat, read this one." —Novel Commentary
"When great story telling meets passion, one has...G.S. Jennsen is now on my short list of authors to follow and read everything she writes. Excellent construction of a futuristic human colonization of the Galaxy, with political intrigue, independence movements by planets seeking their own path away from Earth, and fascinating characters with intriguing world views...The reading public is lucky to have this new writing supernova providing us with material to read!"
"I feel lucky in finding this book, having the good sense to buy it, and then the even better sense to read it ahead of the 100's of unread books on my Kindle. Excellent interesting characters that are complex and believable. A widely developed universe as a backdrop, excellent pacing, a gripping story, mystery, romance, adventure and political intrigue. I'll be buying every new book she writes as I add her to my list of "buy without further question" authors."
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