Aurora Rising Book Two
Where do you run when there is no escape? Where do you turn when the enemy within is as dangerous as the enemy unknown?
The year is 2322 and humanity is under attack.
An engineered war between rival superpowers escalates even as the shadowy Metigen armada begins attacking colonies on the frontiers of settled space.
Individuals from across the galaxy fight for their own survival and to protect those they hold dear, while a group of unlikely allies race to expose a secret cabal. As the aliens draw ever closer, leaving utter destruction and death in their wake, the strongest defenders of Earth and Seneca fall to one another in a war of lies and misdirection.
Alex Solovy and Caleb Marano stand accused of terrorism and murder. In a desperate gambit to clear their names and find a way to defeat the invaders, they breach the dimensional portal at the heart of the Metis Nebula. In a strange, mystical realm where nothing is what it seems, they will uncover secrets about humanity’s past and future—and one revelation which will change everything.
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 Vertigo
"Amazing second novel from this author. I found her first book in this series as a recommendation from Amazon. I found this book because the first one was amazingly good and have been keeping an eye out for its release. This one is equally amazing and I will now try to wait patiently for book three. Doubt I will be patient but I will be there to buy book three the day it is released. The author and her work are that good.
Simply put from me if you like space opera, if you like well written characters and development, and if you love a great read - BUY THIS BOOK. Well, maybe you should go buy and read book one then buy this book. Grin. Trust me both are that good. It's been a while since I have found an author this good."
"A fantastic second installment in the Aurora Rising Trilogy. Fast paced, touching, and utterly absorbing, Ms Jennsen has taken the wonderful world she introduced us to in Starshine and somehow made it even more compelling. The final book can't come too soon. Brava on an amazing follow up to your debut!"
"Superbly written, skillfully edited. This is the first review I've ever written for Amazon. I seldom find a book as skillfully written as this book. Editorially superior, The content is superb. The first book in the series started strong and this episode is just as good. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys solid science fiction.
"Enormously entertaining. This book and its predecessor are two of the very best space opera novels I have ever read. I hardly know where to begin. There is a very large cast of characters throughout a wide variety of locations, but it seemed easy to keep them all straight because the story is very compelling. These characters are...always fully three-dimensional, because they are depicted foremost from the inside. I want to emphasize how much I enjoyed the character development everywhere in this book. The plot and many, many subplots are each absolutely fascinating.
"Aurora Rising is one of those rare books that grabs you and won't let you go. One part Firefly, one part Mass Effect, two parts fascinating originality - it is a carefully crafted world with backstory and culture. The characters are real people, saints and sinners that you can identify with. I am a sucker for stories with powerful women and this story has them in spades. But these powerful women are real and flawed and even more the heroic for it. There is action and adventure, sci-fi and romance; a little something for everyone."
"Consider me hooked! The plot started out fast and it didn’t slow down – I was engaged the entire time. The characters felt like old friends I was getting reacquainted with. As with Starshine, the worldbuilding and descriptions of the futuristic environments were very well-done; I always felt like I was right there interacting with the characters. The plot structure is pure genius. Questions are answered and information is revealed in such a way that I was left wanting more after almost every chapter."
"A Must-Read for Tech and Action Fans! Book Two of this remarkable series goes way past answering questions and furthering action! Usually the scenario of "humanity meets massively evolved beings of light" paints them as helpful, empathetic and kind; reaching out to flawed humanity to help us on the path to enlightenment. Jennsen turns that on its head, giving us beings of light who are bent on eradicating mankind. Enter two brilliant characters who immediately try to kill each other - a painfully independent, and emotionally guarded space explorer/contractor who is the daughter of an Alliance Admiral (and like her mother is driven by grief, anger and unbendable stubborn will), and an equally independent Federation spy who is a walking weapon, filled with anger, grief and impeccable honor, with a wide streak of compassion.
Other authors might lose track of the number of characters, but Jennsen thrives on giving the reader a realistic set of people on all sides of the conflict. The plot is refreshingly complex, and Jennsen pays the reader the complement of assuming that s/he can follow it, appreciate the physics and the remarkable tech, and still want characters with real, and 100% believable motives and emotions. The dialogue is superb, the psychology is spot on and the philosophy is intriguing! The twists actually contribute meaningfully to the plot, which is a joy ride of hope and dread, love and hate and a philosophical exploration of what makes humans worth saving...Though not quite a sweeping and religiously bent as DUNE, Jennsen deserves to be classed with Frank Herbert through brilliant writing, fascinating characters and a story that exposes the best and worst of what it means to be human.
Unlike virtually all other "end of the Universe" space operas, the depth of writing, bleeding edge tech and compelling characters make this impossible to put down. Unashamed brilliance is honored, rather than dismissed, which is refreshing and encouraging in an era where half the people base their voting on who they would rather have a beer with than actually understand that genius is needed to solve our problems; the glorification of stupidity has spiraled out of control. Jennsen is not only aware of that, she uses that knowledge to spin out a marvelously complex tale of high level incompetence, intrigue, conspiracy and brilliant twists that mocks the very fabric of bureaucracy, short-sighted power hunger and vengefully incompetent military marinets vs. military, political, and creative tech geniuses, hackers, assorted AIs and designers.
Her three dimensional protagonists are full of human foibles, reluctantly assuming the burden of saving humanity, but filled with fiery passion, brilliance, energy, daring and a contempt for following the rules. Her antagonists are also surprisingly three dimensional, and sometimes the lines blur in a blindingly realistic fashion. I can't wait for the final book in this series, and would give it 10 stars if I could. Everyone science fiction lover, who wants hard science in the fiction, will LOVE this series!"
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