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A Galaxy Unknown: (A Galaxy Unknown, Book 1) by [DePrima, Thomas]
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June 6th, 2267 - A life-pod, missed by rescuers following the mysterious explosion of a Space Command vessel a decade earlier, is discovered by a passing freighter in deep space. A young officer, still cocooned in stasis sleep, is found inside. When revived, Ensign Jenetta Carver learns of the lawlessness that now suffuses interstellar space. Pirates and slavers seem able to attack and pillage with impunity. Space Command has committed its full resources to stopping the anarchy, but criminal groups have grown immensely powerful.

Although determined to rejoin SC as soon as possible, Jenetta is captured by pirates before that can happen. At first she fears for her life, but when she's indelibly marked as a pleasure slave, she gets mad; fighting mad. And when they tamper with her DNA to make her appear sexier, she gets even madder; killing mad.

Can a petite blonde, cut off from Space Command, create more mayhem among the criminal elements than a full decade of SC effort? You'd better believe it!

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For all of her young life, Jenetta Carver had dreamed of cruising between the stars in a powerful spaceship, but nothing in her visions of a bright future even remotely resembled the perilous situation she now faced.

Lt. Sabella, her face slightly flushed from physical exertion, returned from her task of readying the ship’s weapons and crossed the bridge to stand by the left arm of Jenetta’s command chair. “What’s the plan, Captain?” she asked. Though an anxious look swathed her face, there was unmistakable resoluteness in her voice.

Jenetta breathed in deeply and then released it before answering in a voice lowered so that it only carried to her XO. “We’re going to have to slash and burn,” she replied.

“Slash and burn?” Gloria questioned, equally sotto voce.

“We don’t yet know what we’re facing, so we can’t prepare anything tactically sophisticated. We certainly won’t be able to arrange for a convenient artificial mountain as cover this time, and it’s a given that whatever Raider ships we’re about to face are considerably better armed than we are. So— surprise will perforce serve as our main weapon. I intend to slash our way in with as much speed as practicable, dump our envelope, and then burn down any enemy ships that we encounter before they can do the same to us.”

“That’s it?” Gloria asked, wide-eyed. “That’s your whole plan? Shoot them before they shoot us?”

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  • Publisher: Vinnia Publishing (4 June 2010)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Never reaches its potential 30 January 2016
By S. Slottje - Published on
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After 11 years in stasis young ensign, Jenetta Carver, finds she has more leadership skills and ingenuity than she thought possible when she asked to take command of a freighter and has to save the galaxy from callous raiders.

The story moves at breakneck speed, with little time for character arcs as the heroine rushes from one crisis to another. At one point I was surprised to find, after an intense action sequence, I was only a third of the way through the book. The protagonist is superficial and unbelievably talented in just about everything she does, but that’s not uncommon in the genre.

I love the Space Opera genre; the space pirates, the shoddy science, the barely-out-of-diapers ensigns being better captains than anyone else. The only thing missing was giant robots. At about 67% through I gave in and just enjoyed the absurdity of the story.

The book has a charming nativity, reminiscent of the old B-movies and it relishes in that. It knows that its plot and protagonist are preposterous and more than once mocks its own implausibility.

- "That yarn you spun at the trial was one of the best stories I've heard since I was a small boy sitting on my grandfather's lap as he read C.S. Forester's epic tales about his fictional seafaring officer, Horatio Hornblower."
- "Fictional? I assure the Admiral that every word of my testimony at the court-martial was true."

I really wanted to give this book 3 stars, but I can’t. It is terribly written. All the way though I wanted it to be better than it was. It has potential, but never reaches it. Too often the action is interrupted by tedious info dumps. There are superfluous scenes and wasted characters. At times it reads like a first draft where twists happen at a whim, rather than as part of a coherent plot.

I’m given to understand later books in this series are better, but I’m not about to subject myself to them. There is better Space Opera out there.
From now on I’ll never buy a book without reading a sample first.
2.0 out of 5 stars A Drifting Plot 1 February 2016
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Much is made of 'soft' science in SciFy- such as stasis. On introduction, Jenetta is smart but timid. Reflecting on Jen's escape from a disaster, you see her attempting to fire rockets to halt headlong departure from the accident scene, and filling her days with reading strategy books or playing a gunnery sim. Before food runs out, she accepts the inevitable and gets into the chamber. The author could easily claim that once in stasis, her brain would continue to integrate those lessons into her personality. Instead, there is no explanation for her sudden change of personality upon rescue by an improbable meeting with a freighter. From then on, she becomes assertive and confident. Other officers are empathetic but incapable of making decisions. Soon, combat challenges the crew to great deeds.
Jen is captured while doing recon of a pirate base. Borrowing from In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington Book 7), she appears helpless. At this point, the plot veers into bondage and kinky incarceration. Recognizing that women in the armed forces run a risk of abuse in captivity, the author still lingers in an unhealthy way on the experience. To a man, the guards are pulp-fiction animals.
She does gain her liberty, and just in the nick of time. Effect is campy. I will not divulge any more plot points.
The writing does a fair job of painting a visual of ship positions and bases within solar systems. I wish we experienced more of shipboard life besides the impersonal exchange of orders during maneuvers. Grammar and spelling were better than many E-books.
Finally, the last chapter seems contrived even as it prepares us for the next volume of Jenetta's career. The logic of command decisions seems contorted. There are many, many instances of monologues and info dumps to set up following scenes.
5.0 out of 5 stars And it begins! 3 October 2016
By TH Leatherman - Published on
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Space Command ensign, Jenetta Carver has been lost. Her ship exploded and life pod was discovered years later by a freighter. When pirates attack her saviors, will Jenetta help her new crew survive, or will she become a pawn in the buccaneer's sinister plans.
A delightful space opera with an engaging character. An enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Military SciFi 11 March 2015
By Dennis J. McCarn - Published on
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Move over Honor Harrington and Kris Longknife, there is a new protector of the space lanes. 21 year old Ensign Jenetta Carver is the sole survivor of a Galactic Alliance supply ship. She is awakened 11 years later from her stasis chamber and finds the Galactic Alliance plagued by pirates. Due to circumstances beyond her control, she winds up as Captain of a civilian freighter and the real adventure begins. I finished this book in one sitting, at 6:30 in the morning. Could not put it down. Very well written, great and engaging characters, Will be ordering next books in the series, as this find out what the future holds for our indomitable heroine. If you enjoy good rousing Space Opera Military Science Fiction this book/series is for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great fun read! 17 July 2014
By Andrew of the Far North - Published on
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Okay, so I've tried to write this for several years now. I was going to be as complete as possible, but I'll just be short and sweet in this review. This series is great fun! I love Jenetta and her adventures. Those adventures are pulpy (which I think is a good thing), over the top, and grand. The main character is virtuous, dedicated and incorruptible. Perfect for Space Opera!

Some readers disapproved of the vocabulary the Mr. DePrima chose to use. I appreciated it, and it made the setting feel more formal, like a Napoleonic/Regency setting. It worked for me.

Now, while reading the first novel I was distracted by some poor proofing and editing (I had an early Kindle copy). There were some spelling and usage errors that were cleaned up later. I admire Mr. DePrima's efforts to make sure that his products are living until the bugs are ironed out. Some things could have stood some editing. For example, did we really need to know the lengthy details of how the CT works in each of the first five or six novels? There are some things like that which could be cleaned up. The action in the books in the main thing, and some of those details don't add significantly...especially after the first novel.

Having said the above, I must repeat, I love the Galaxy Unknown series. I like this series as much as Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series, Anne McCaffrey's many series and singles, and H. Beam Piper's Fuzzy series (yes, I'm old school in my SciFi). If you want fun reading, give these books a go.

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