Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Grubane by Karl Drinkwater - Book Tour & Review


Major Grubane is commander of the Aurikaa, the most feared cruiser in the UFS arsenal.
His crew is handpicked and fiercely loyal. Together, they have never failed a mission, and their reputation precedes them.
But this time he's been sent to a key planet that is caught up in political tensions at the centre of the freedom debate. What he thought was a simple diplomatic mission turns out to be the hardest choice of his career. His orders: eliminate one million inhabitants of the planet, and ensure their compliance.
Grubane has also rediscovered an ancient game called chess, and plays it against the ship AI as a form of mental training. But maybe it could be more than that as he finds himself asking questions. Can orders be reinterpreted? How many moves ahead is it possible for one man to plan? And how many players are involved in this game?

My Review
Grubane is another little novella set in the Lost Solace series. I have not read said series, but I did read Helene, which is book one in the Lost Tales of Solace novella set. And I rather enjoyed that one. Grubane follows a commander on a UFS ship as he discovers he may have to commit genocide to bring a planet to heel. Along with his AI, Aurikaa, Grubane will use his knowledge of chess to do things his own way. But will he succeed?
Lots of action, and full of twists. Even readers who haven't tackled the main series can read this novella and get a feel for the character of Grubane. Plus, who doesn't love unique AIs?
I'd recommend this novella to fans of the main series, or fans of sci-fi in general. It's definitely an interesting read.
3.5 stars.

Author Bio – Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but lived in Wales for twenty years, and now calls Scotland his home. He's a full-time author, edits fiction for other writers, and was a professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.

He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you'll find elements of literary and contemporary fiction, gritty urban, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, romance, social commentary, and more. The end result is interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

When he isn't writing he loves exercise, guitars, computer and board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, cake, and zombies. Not necessarily in that order.

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