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Perdition: Quinten Tamlan #1 by [Augustin, KS]
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Length: 219 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Series: Quinten Tamlan #1
Quinten Tamlan was once the scourge of the Republic. Then he disappeared….
It’s been seven long years for Quinten Tamlan. Scarred and bitter, he has lost direction and the spark of idealism that once fired his resolve. But when he is forced to take on a new crewmember, he is pulled back into a past that refuses to let go.
Quinten believes he has his own problems. He believes he is alone and forgotten. He is wrong. Quite wrong.
2016 update: This book, previous titled QUINTEN'S STORY, has been re-edited for this edition. Additionally, a compact list of people, places and things is included."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2880 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Challis Tower (19 February 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program) 4.3 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Science Fiction/Space Opera 18 February 2012
By J. Jones - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Quinten's Story is a bit of a change for KS Augustin. Her books are usually romances but while Quinten's Story has a romance in the past the book is pure Science Fiction/ Space Opera.

The first part of Quinten's Story has numerous flashbacks that explain how Quinten got to where he is today. It was my least favorite part of the book. I could see what was going to happen, knew I could not change it, and just wanted to get through that part as fast as I could. The rest of the story is about the change that is brought on when Quinten takes on a new crewmember.

Quinten's Story is just plain old fashioned good story telling. The characters are intriguing, the plot full of twists and turns, the action riveting, and the writing superb. It does end with something's unresolved but Augustine states on her web site that there will be a sequel. I for one will be watching for it to be published.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 December 2016
By Pedro - Published on
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Amazing Science Fiction story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please tell me more of Quinten's Story! 27 November 2012
By Joel Bennett - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I got a free copy of this book to review, and I absolutely loved it. Quinten's Story is a pure Science Fiction/Space Opera that takes place far in some distant post-first contact future. Quinten was once the leader of a small resistance, but has lost his idealism, his direction, his friends, and almost everything except his will to live.

At first I felt like part of the story might have been told in a prequel I had missed, but then realized that much of the first two-thirds or so of the book is spent in flashbacks explaining how Quinten came to be the man he is. By the end, this story feels like the first in a long-running series I can't wait to read more of.

It is a wonderful tale full of intriguing characters that develop well through the unpredictable twists of the adventure, and the action kept me glued to my book (phone) well into the night. The universe where the story takes place is interesting and full of intriguing possibilities for future books.

Judging from titles and covers (that's what they're for, right?), most of K.S. Augustin's prior stories seem to be romances (albeit science fiction romances), but she's obviously an accomplished storyteller, and this book is one of the best I've read this year.
4.0 out of 5 stars Space Opera Personified 27 February 2013
By Gordon A. Long - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
What is a Space Opera? For me, it is a Hard-SF story with plenty of action, great characters, simple themes, and not a whole lot of originality. Joss Wheedon's "Firefly" series springs to mind in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way.
Quentin's Story is a good, solid space opera, which I enjoyed immensely. It is the tale of Quentin, a revolutionary recovering from a tragic and debilitating event in his past, the nature of which we learn as the story progresses.
He is startled from his self-induced (and liquor induced) solitude by the need for crew to run his space ship and the convenient appearance of Saff, a Sub (read sub-human; there are xenophobia and prejudice issues here). So he decides to get back into the revolution game. Thus the main conflict revolves around who to trust: old friends? old enemies? aliens?
The rest of the story is a fairly standard "rebels against the repressive empire" plot which is a bit too reminiscent of Star Wars. There is also a heavy dependence on Star Trek (the emotional human/logical alien conflict) and especially Firefly, from which it seems to have lifted several characters. It is unfortunate that Augustin did not find a more creative setting for her talents, because she is a great storyteller and her characters, while stock for the genre, are interesting, sympathetic, and definitely not saccharine. In fact several of them are more than average rough around the edges, which makes the "trust" theme that much more interesting.
The story contains the required level of hi-tech to keep the hard-sci-fi fans involved, but not enough to turn us regular readers away.
Another strength Augustin shows is her command of structure. The plot consists of a combination of flashbacks and present conflict carefully entwined to keep the suspense flowing. When the present tale hits a slow spot, a flashback brings needed tension, and vice versa.
In general, I think this author would achieve even finer results with the benefit of a critical editor. I was a bit put off by catchy phrases thrown in without careful thought. Describing a setting as, "a deceptively safe area," is a nice turn of phrase, but what does it mean? Safe or not safe? There are also too many commas and too many adjectives. I know that there is room for opinion on both topics, but "contradictorially?"
Another example of insufficient care to the writing craft; the ship is described in the opening pages as technically superior. When the plot requires Quentin to need a crewmember, it develops maintenance problems. When the author decides to give him an engineer, suddenly the systems are all "old tech." In the best writing, the needs of the author are not supposed to show.

In total? Space Opera: a great light read with fun characters and a strong story line, but don't expect originality.

I was provided with an electronic copy of the book in order to write this review.
3.0 out of 5 stars A little slow, and then... 26 November 2013
By Brooke Hally - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a really good story, great character depth, and really in depth descriptions. Some of those in depth description made the story move a little slow for me. There were weeks up weeks and pages upon pages of fixing the ship. This was about the first half of the book. I was sure this was going to be a 1 or 2 star book, and then the second half of the book came. Once the story got going, I could not put it down. All of the backstory starts to make sense. The action starts and characters start behaving the way their backstory leads us to believe is possible. There is plenty of room for not only a sequel, but whole series of stories centering on the main character and many of the side characters as well. I would probably by the next book because of how good the second half of this story was.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.