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Publisher's Summary

Fifty years ago, Mira, humanity's last hope to find new resources, exited the solar system bound for Proxima Centauri B. Seven years into her mission, all transmissions ceased without warning. Mira and her crew were presumed lost. Humanity, unified during her construction, splintered into insurgency and rebellion.

Now, an outpost orbiting Pluto has detected a distress call from an unpowered object entering Sol space: Mira has returned. When all attempts at communications fail, a search and rescue vessel is dispatched from Trident Station to intercept, investigate, and tow the beleaguered Mira to Neptune.

As the marines prepare for the journey, uncertainty and conspiracy fomented by Trident Station's governing AIs, begin to take their toll. Upon reaching Mira, they discover they've been sent on a mission that will almost certainly end in catastrophe.

The Derelict saga is a suspenseful mashup of hard military sci-fi, space opera, and mystery.

Some mysteries shouldn't be solved.

©2017 Paul E Cooley (P)2017 Paul E Cooley

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Aliens meets Event Horizon



I'll start with the negative. If you don't like cliffhangers and absolutely must know what happens, this may not be the book for you(Or at least until the entire saga is available of course).

I found that the story read and generated the same atmosphere and feeling as Event Horizon. That is to say it is a Sci-Fi romp that gives enough interesting science and theory to established a believable world on the surface, with cool technology and history. Don't dig too deep(in science) or you'll encounter the horror/fantasy underbelly(which is not a bad thing in my opinion). This IS NOT hard Sci-Fi, don't unfairly rate it for not being something it isn't aiming for.

Characterization is superb. He accomplished what few do and gives you a world with character. Sure it's cold and unforgiving, even plotting against you, but you feel the danger waiting in the dark.

In short, don't come here for a WH40K space marine world. Instead explore the darkness of space in a cruel world to find a dead ship.

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Tension Builds Steadily... Mira Approaches

STORY: I was impressed with Paul E. Cooley's venture into deep space with this first book in the Derelict series. A massive exo-solar exploration ship, missing for forty-three years, returns as an out of control derelict. The Sol Federation Marines of S&R Black are thrown into the breach to recover everything they can with very little preparation. A handful of marines to stop the largest ship ever built, complacent from constant training and boredom at Neptune station, they must quickly gel as a team to confront the unknown.

Arriving at the derelict, the recovery will not be as simple as their orders implied. Artificial Intelligence systems are used in station and shipboard to "assist" with the recovery. Or?

NARRATION: Mr. Cooley narrates his own book as comfortably as if I were reading it myself. He knows how expressive he wants each character to be. His voice range provides a distinction between each character that is pleasing to the ear.

Will be looking out for book 2!

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Good story so far

I liked it. Interesting universe and vision of the future. I found that the book went by rather fast.

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Not what you think it is....

This book is great if you love a long build up with a small amount of action. There are a couple of things you need to know before you purchase this book. First off if you have military experience and don't like inaccurate portrayals of it; This book will get on your nerves. This guy has done no research on how the military works. He destroys entire groups of characters by adding in odd sex scenes that just seem awfully placed. Plus, if you are or have been in the military you know that sex between two people in the same command structure is bad for moral and unit cohesion. Not to mention that it is extremely illegal. This book spends a full 7 hours to build up the story, then uses the remaining 1 hour and 46 minutes to disappoint you. The only reason i can come up with for the other two reviewers to like this book is because they are close friends to the author. I would rate this book a 0.5/10 would not even read this author again. This is my first book review.... I hated it that much...

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  • David
  • Fall Branch, TN, United States
  • 04-05-18

Annoying female lead with lots of filler material

This would have been a 5 star book if the story line had been fully wrapped up in one book, as opposed to being a cliffhanger. As it is, I probably won't be buying the 2nd book.

The story did have a really good "hook" in that I really wanted to know what happened to the Mira, and the anticipation kept me listening. But there was just too much filler material that wasn't needed and it felt like drudgery at times working through all of the mundane details of "ship training". In the end, I REALLY wanted it to be over because I didn't care for the characters and the female lead was just plain annoying (the narrator did a good job overall, but his intonation of the female characters really made me dislike them).

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a lot of nothing

the voice actor was kind of monotone. the book ends short of the climax. it is half a story with flat charters.

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Slow

this part of the story is slow and a little boring. I love his books so I am sure the second part will be more interesting.

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Fun book!

The right level of character development, space Marines and geek for a great story! And of course a cliffhanger on the way to the next book.

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Missing a resolution

While the story was well written the overall planning ad plotting left much to be desired. I realize that this is the first novel in the series However, in writing a series the author should incapsulate all the elements of the story segment. Each book should be able to stand on its own. While I greatly enjoyed the book I did not think there was an adequate ending.

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Paul creates a wonderful cast with his performance

If you could sum up Derelict: Marines in three words, what would they be?

Suspensful, Creepy, and Intriguing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Corporal Kalimura. She developed over the course of the novel.

Which scene was your favorite?

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The alien ambush. Paul created original aliens, and he hasn't given us many details yet.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, one of the flashback scenes. It was very personal; sorry I cannot share it.

Any additional comments?

The only bad thing about Derelict is the ending. You will want Tomb immediately.

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  • Peter
  • 02-28-17

Good solid sci-fi. Well read and well written.

Writes sci-fi like a man born to the task. I enjoyed his first two novels immensely....I enjoyed this even more. Good story, good characters, great sense of unnameable horror. The second novel in this series? I look forward to it with relish. Kudos.

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  • Michael Harris
  • 08-18-18

Proper Sci-fi

Great atmosphere is established with the black of space and the unknown. once it gets going, it does A good job of communicating the marines mindset and frightening reality of what would be deep space travel, loneliness and the slowly creeping menace of the Mira. I am getting the second one now.

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  • Poppey
  • 09-25-17

Not Great

Could not relate to any of the characters in this book and found the narration not great either. Always a telling point if you can’t finish a book.