Plains of Exodus

Robert J. Burnett
Plains of Exodus
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Azure Spider Publications
Release Date
September 2018

Genre: Science Fiction

Mankind's first contact with an extraterrestrial species didn't exactly go well. The inadvertent destruction of the Earth saw a call go out to the vast and ancient empire for help. Despite the quick response to this plea for aid, the remnants of humanity find themselves refugees in an overcrowded galaxy and at the mercy of an empire whose existence predates mankind's own existence.

Unwanted and unwelcome, humanity languishes in a dozen massive colony ships around an energy poor star.

As a young smuggler Jonah Mctier is one of those fortunate few who has access to this millennia old realm, and it is he who after fleeing a triad of imperial cruisers discovers the answer to mankind's dilemma.

In desperation Jonah finds refuge in a parsecs deep dust cloud where he discovers not only a habitable and empty planetary system but one of the most sought after resources in the Milky Way: a spatial conduit. Except this is no ordinary conduit.

Exploitation of this unique and unknown type of spatial gateway offers an alternative to the slow but inevitable descent into extinction for the children of Adam. Key to this bright future is the need to keep their phenomenal find a secret from the resource hungry empire who would take this discovery for themselves and themselves alone.

To complicate matters Jonah discovers that there is more than one of these gateways, and for humanity to be successful in their quest mankind must hold and eventually destroy all of these rare portals.

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Dec 04, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
48 people found the following review helpful
"Mankind's first contact with an extraterrestrial species didn't exactly go well." Well, that's putting it mildly considering that the Earth was destroyed and humanity forced to take to the stars in order to survive in an unwelcoming, overcrowded galaxy. Immediately, we meet Jonah Mctier, a smuggler with access to Sontule, this millennia's equipment, "and it is he who after fleeing a triad of imperial cruisers discovers the answer to mankind's dilemma." But it won't be easy, again, putting it mildly.

PLAINS OF EXODUS is a typical science fiction story, so lovers of the traditional will enjoy Robert J. Burnett's. There's nothing too over the top or overly heavy. It's very much an us (humans) against them (everyone else) sort of story.

Likes: I really liked Baby (modern version of Hal but with less killing and more milk). Jonah was a great character. The language and the dialogue wasn't forced and seemed to flow naturally. The story progresses at an even pace and I didn't hit upon any lags that would slow me down. And some of the smuggler tricks had me laughing. There is a touch of romance between Jonah and Council woman Tyran that isn't too over the top and fits well with the plot. Overall, I liked the story. It's tightly constructed and for lovers of space operas, this is an entertaining read.
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