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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!

From the back cover:

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?”

132,000 Words - 426 Pages

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  • Publisher: Vinnia Publishing (4 June 2010)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001CUQE98
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfying SF space opera 17 December 2013
By Bill Lynch - Published on
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I've now read this book and several of the sequels. I'm progressing through the rest of the series. If you like real space opera, an intelligent and capable main character, and innovative solutions to the challenges put in the path of the main character, you will enjoy this series.

Essentially the series is the career of Jenetta Carver, starting in a Space Academy and moving on as an ensign in Space Command, the military arm of the Galactic Alliance (essentially the good guys). The writer puts Carver into situations way above her pay grade, and she must innovate and command her way through them. The situations are interesting and her solutions are often unusual. So far, in each of the sequel books, she moves up a level in rank and is presented with new situations to solve. The situations are not repetitive and some are new to this very long-time SF reader.

The most pertinent word I can use about reading this series is -- satisfying. The writer stays well within the confines of the universe he has created and doesn't tend to violate his own "rules". He does NOT use many of the frustrating gimmicks such where the bad guys, although highly improbable both in time and unknowable location, show up at just the worst moment to destroy the best laid plans. He also doesn't tend create important characters that are "The Jerks" just to create conflict. Many of the situations show good, intelligent planning and execution on the part of the main characters. Although, as the characters implement their plans, unexpected occurrences often do happen, the characters respond intelligently in a way you would expect professionals to act.

As for negatives, there are some sections that are a bit slow to get through where the writer is explaining or setting things up for a later element. Some are just, well, what the characters are doing as they wait for long periods of transportation time to complete. Probably could use a bit of thinning in some of these places, but getting on through them is worthwhile. They don't tend to last long.

Also, more curious than distracting. The writer is obviously into a "word of the day" club. He periodically tends to drop in uncommon words in place of the more usual ones. Not a plus or minus, just interesting.

At this point, I'm hooked and will read the rest of the series. I suspect I will also look into other things this writer has produced.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A series worth taking a look at.... 18 July 2013
By Harold - Published on
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DePrima took on the challenge of creating a series with a strong female character and succeeds at pure enjoyment. I appreciate how he clearly states that he conducted research in his efforts to add a sense of probable reality for the future he creates in this series but tells the reader that the format for the storyline is for enjoyable action at a fast moving pace. I was easily sucked into his world with the novel and purchased the next three books without even reading reviews or the book description. That is how much I enjoyed the story and how much I wanted to see what happens next. If your a tech person and "need" specifics then you may not enjoy the Galaxy as much as I did. Bottom line: Fast moving, action packed, good storyline, and just fun. Thanks DePrima for not getting sucked into techno babble and writing pages and pages on blah; I want to be entertained, I want to "escape" for a few hours and most importantly I would want to see what the real life Jennetta Carver would look like in person! If you agree then like my review!
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.