Thursday, January 25, 2018

Book Review: 'Rax' by Stella Sky

California author Stella Sky has a keen affinity for science fiction, cyberpunk, paranormal amazing aliens and to date she has published eight novels that take us off this trouble planet into spaces unimaginable – except in the mind of Stella Sky.

Stella takes us into her unique story with the first lines – ‘“And about how many are missing?” I asked, frowning deeply. “Well, Commander Veda, there are four men that are not accounted for from the ship crash, and some that are presumed dead. We just want you to come through the planet and find out what you can about them. It wouldn’t be fair to assume that they are gone for good. If you were stuck there, you would want that every possible effort was made to extract yourself from such a situation. The planet Hexa is nasty.” I nodded thoughtfully. I knew that if I had been one of the unlucky Raithers that had crashed and then been deserted on the prison planet, I would be anxious to find out if I would be rescued. “All right. Is there anything else that you would like me to do while I’m down there, or is that all?” Captain Seran looked down at me, his gaze cool. “No, that about sums it up, Commander. You will have two weeks to locate and retrieve any of the lost Raithers that are still on the planet Hexa.” “Is there anything else that I should know about the prison planet?” I asked. “I have researched it thoroughly, and spoken to many of the survivors, but I would like to know what you think. I trust your word above all.” The captain nodded, frowning thoughtfully. “It is dangerous down there, so please exercise extreme caution. Many of these beasts are extremely volatile and they will not hesitate to destroy you or the others. It is still unknown as to whether or not many of these soldiers have even survived. But, you will be equipped with weapons that are functional even within the protective atmosphere of the planet Hexa. There should be no reason why a powerful warrior such as yourself cannot complete this goal. I look forward to the success of your mission.”

So – a prison planet! The synopsis covers the plot well – ‘He went to the prison planet to perform a rescue, not to find a soulmate…Dr. Zina Smith is fearless. She has been on her own on a horrifying prison planet for longer than she can count. Her survival depends on staying out of sight, but one mistake lands her under the oppressive claim of a cruel-spirited alien. When another Raither suddenly intervenes, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the sexy alien, confused by her desires. Commander Rax Veda is powerful and wise, and has been given the task of rescuing his fellow Raithers from the prison planet. The son of the Emperor, Keldon Marcsu, is his primary concern, so when he finds that the Raither is safe, and has found a female to claim, he is relieved. That is, until he finds himself experiencing an unexpected desire to claim the human for himself. When Zina is abducted right out from in front of him, Rax has to make a choice. Zina technically belongs to Keldon Marcsu, and this act is grounds for war. Is he willing to fight for his love, to the death, and reform his planet?’

A solid novel full of spice. For devotes of sci fi novels, read this one! Grady Harp, January 18

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