Chris Reher
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Chris Reher

Books by Chris Reher

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The Targon Tales - Nova:
Sky Hunter
The Catalyst
Only Human
Rebel Alliance
Delphi Promised

The Targon Tales - Sethran:
Quantum Tangle
Terminus Shift
Entropy's End

Sci-fi Fantasy:
Flight to Exile

Space Opera is people. There it is.

Space opera has fabulous space ships, fantastic planets, laser weapons and epic battles. We've discarded the idea that future astronauts wear spandex suits and silver lipstick, and now our heroes get to wear real clothes. They have adventures and super technology and they meet aliens and save the galaxy again and again.

But when I look at the science fiction stories that have appealed to me the most, I see that they focus on the characters. Their plights, faults, idiosyncrasies are what give life to the backdrop of planets and space ships. I suppose you could place Han, Leia, Luke and Anakin in a contemporary setting right here on planet Earth and the dynamics would still work. It's still a fun story without the lightsabers. But not the other way around. Without the characters' story, a big chunk of Star Wars would lack considerable luster.

So that is the route I've taken with my stories. The absolute freedom of escaping Earth's gravity and inventing things (always keeping within the realm of probability, of course) is why I love science fiction. I can make it rain mercury if I want to. I think I do, actually, somewhere.

But it's the people in these stories--not too alien, not too perfect, not always happy with their lot or each other--who give meaning to the mercury rain and the space elevators. The people, for the most part likable people, are what turns science fiction into space opera. (Well, and space guns. Must have space guns.)

For my space operas, I've taken the problems of our human condition to see what we'd do with them in outer space. Most fascinating to me are the grey areas between good and evil and how we assign those qualities.

The Targon Tales is an action-packed space opera collection of related but self-contained books revolving around a hundred-year-old conflict between a colonizing Commonwealth of allied planets and those who rebel against it. In struggles like these, can there really be a "good guy" and a "bad guy"? The main characters, having chosen sides, must find ways to hang on to their ideals while working within a system that doesn't always play by its own rules.

At times violent, sometimes light-hearted, the collection takes us to the many worlds of Trans-Targon to meet species who seem oddly similar as their shared DNA offers an ongoing mystery. But the similarities that bring them together are also at the root of the trouble between them all.

Please visit my web site at www.chrisreher.com for info about my books and some of the (non-fiction) science behind some of the concepts used in the stories.

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    • Quantum Tangle

    • Targon Tales - Sethran, Book 1
    • By: Chris Reher
    • Narrated by: Will Damron
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 86

    Dropping out of subspace into the wrong galactic sector, Sethran Kada wakes up with a headache and an extraordinary alien aboard his ship....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story

    • By Michael Brown on 06-25-16

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Terminus Shift

    • Sethran (Targon Tales), Book 2
    • By: Chris Reher
    • Narrated by: Will Damron
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Seth Kada, a deep-cover agent working for the Commonwealth, has tracked a group of rebels to the remote Tayako Orbiter. But before he can seize them, the rebels are captured....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • repeat

    • By Mitchell on 10-18-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Entropy's End

    • Sethran (Targon Tales), Book 3
    • By: Chris Reher
    • Narrated by: Will Damron
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    Ships are disappearing in subspace. Traders, rebels, pirates, and even military vessels are losing their way in the Big Nothing that makes space travel possible....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story

    • By Elena on 06-16-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Catalyst

    • Targon Tales, Book 1
    • By: Chris Reher
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    It's no easy tour of duty for Lt. Nova Whiteside when her interstellar transport is taken by pirates, and she is then tagged for termination....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nice balance between the sci-fi and romance

    • By Tam Linsey on 09-11-16

    Regular price: $21.99

    • Rebel Alliances

    • Targon Tales, Book 3
    • By: Chris Reher
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Enemy factions conspire, and so Nova finds herself aboard a rebel ship where her value as hostage isn't nearly as great as her value as a defector....

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Sky Hunter

    • A Targon Tales Prequel
    • By: Chris Reher
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Air Command pilot Nova Whiteside is assigned to a remote outpost to guard the construction of a tethered orbiter, Skyranch Twelve, against rebel sabotage....

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Only Human

    • Targon Tales, Book 2
    • By: Chris Reher
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Captain Nova Whiteside is assigned to the elite Vanguard task force assembled to combat an increasingly dangerous rebel force....

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Delphi Promised

    • Targon Tales, Book 4
    • By: Chris Reher
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    An immense asteroid field is on its way to deliver a torrent of pathogens into this galactic sector, guaranteeing the destruction of any civilization in its path....

    Regular price: $24.49

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