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READ Astra By Lisa Eskra 107 ✓ Magnius Zoleki has everything a fifty year old man could want except the psionic assassin trying to kill him In 2310 humans persecute psions and hunt them to extinction regardless of guilt Magnius is one of them an evolutionary offshoot of mankind known for their psychic abilities and tendency to murder in order to utilize their Magnius Zoleki has everything a fifty year old man could want except the psionic assassin trying to kill him In 2310 humans persecute psions and hunt them to extinction regardless of guilt Magnius is one of them an evolutionary offshoot of mankind known for their psychic abilities and tendency to murder in order to utilize their power Despite using his telekinesis sparingly his secret makes it back to his childhood tutor She murdered his best friend's father in cold blood gi. The story was compelling but the writing had some serious flaws The 'science' end of the science fiction didn't hold up at all in the very least put this one down as fantasy For example the author describes how space travel is performed by curving spacetime therefore dramatically shortening the distance and therefore time needed to travel to far off places She says it takes 1 day to travel 10 light years and then explains how when these future humans figure out how to travel faster than the speed of light that traveling time will be shortened to mere hours Ok Well its 10 years at the speed of light so 2x C is 5 years 3xC is 33 years 4xC is 25 years etcthey'd have to go many many times the speed of light to shorten the 10 years to even the day it takes folding spacewhy waste the effort But importantly the author didn't seem to get that There are a few example of this kind of flawed attempt at science So if you are looking for good SCIENCE fiction look elsewhereThat said it is a decent fantasy story With some very big flawsThere is some confusion learning the names of the characters and places and it is due to the style of the writing it is hard to figure out who is who or where etc Lots of things are assumed for example that a place name is a place name when I have never seen the name previously and have no reason to know it is a place and what type of placeThe characters are in no way convincing They change their entire attitudes seemingly at random and for no reason The love story is a series of very similarly stated cliched platitudes throughout and doesn't seem to progress from the beginning stage at which beginning stage the attraction doesn't make much sense Basically the characters are shallow representations of generally stereotypical caricatures without developing any real sense of purpose or any believable ualitiesYet the author kept me reading somehow and frankly enjoying the threaded plot lines for about 660 ebook pages a fair sized readAnd then at this point maybe just to piss me off the story doesn't end it just stops With the idea that there will be other books to continue the story Which is ok but each book has to have a beginning middle and ending and this one just doesn't The plot lines that seemed very interesting never materialized and the less interesting were well less interesting I actually thought to myself 'I bet she didn't stop writing here and has just published 1 book as than 1 book because not very much happened and none of what caused good and dramatic tension found resolution'In the end I just wished this book would have been written better because the ideas although not mind blowing or extremely original captured my interest at least for a few hours Some time developing those ideas into better crafted fiction would have gone a long way

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Ving him every reason to run away before his abilities manifested Now with the hope he'll join her cause to strike down humanity she sends an assassin to bring him home Of course that doesn't mean he needs to bring him in one piece As a conseuence of his double life Magnius faces divorce bankruptcy and death but not necessarily in that order In his flight to survive he meets Amii Martin a woman who recently lost her memory in a laboratory accident She implores him for help r. Astra Synchronicity By Lisa EskraI enjoyed reading this one It's a bit of a light in most ways though Lisa Eskra took on an ambitious task and approached it from a slightly different angle than I've seen in the past For a first effort I think she did fairly well but the most important part is that it gained my interest and kept it throughout the book There was a slight shock factor when getting to the end and realizing it's the end and wanting to have story But this is a trilogy and there will be This; at the very least and best is not like those serialized snippets I've too often seen hereThe ones that are 16 to 30 some pages and barely have time to introduce the characters This is a full fledged 200 some page book that to my estimation ualifies as a novel and even though some points are left unresolved the reader is left at a place that is in no way less than where some of the John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs novels often left the readerSynchronicity takes on the uestion of psions in a world that hates people with psychic abilities This is reminiscent of the book Slan by AE VanVogt But Lisa Eskra takes her own slant on the issueIn the Astra universe Earth has been ruined and is no longer habitable the process that caused this has possibly created a whole new branch in the tree of mankind that have psionic abilities In a sort of dystopic way but in this treatment it takes a back seat to the story the Psion's have to renew their energy by sucking the life out of normalsMind Rape which is fatalAlthough they can also suck the life out of each other if it comes to that What they suck is the Gamma mine a neurotransmitter that regulates the psionic potential Mankind has left earth and colonized other worlds and have split into three main factions the PAU AF and UE None of the faction have any affection for the psions and they each have their different degree of tolerance towards them In most cases they try in some way to regulate them when they are not trying to kill themMagnius Zoleki one of the main protagonists is a psion who has been hiding his abilities He's even successfully hidden them from his present wife Lyneea That wife hates psions because they murdered her parents so it's understandable that when she discovers the secret she files for divorce This whole scenerio puts Magnius in danger because his secret is likely to come out to the whole of Astra Magnius has many secrets including that hes running from the Psion's; in specific the leader Aliane and her consort Zingeri who send an assassin named Tiyuri to capture MagniusAmii Martin has amnesia with a condition described by one character as a fugue state though it might be a specific type with selective amnesia because she has not created a whole new identity and she has clear memories that allow her to function on a high level with many complex tasks She finds out she is the alleged daughter and assistant of Dr Xander Adams who is attempting to create a functional android or robot The Dr is on the run and being pursued because he has stolen valuable euipment to continue his work Dr Xander claims that Amii Martin was struck on the head which is not a consistent factor with fugues so we'll have to wait and see how that works outThrough some uirk Magnius and Amii are brought together along with the crews of two ships the Kearsarg and the Schenectadycaptained by Lyneea's sister Ardi And they are introduced to Nadine Taylor who is a well know psion married to a politician of the AFIf that's not enough there has been a first contact situation involving Schenectady and the aliens known as Xurianian'sHonestly speaking with so much going on; 260 pages was really not enough to do total justice to the storyThis results in a slight disjointedness as we seem to fast forward through and past some important elements such as the actual point of contact in the first contact So if I had any nitpicks it would be that there needed to be about a hundred pages of narrativeLastly I can't go without mentioning the grammar errors Because I try not to include them in the star score I try to be sure to mention them for the picky reader There are a larger number than normal for some people zero is normal but for my taste I can abide a handful Probably the only one that sticks out in my mind is the recurrence of the word lied where lay belongs which is almost understandable since lay normally takes an object such as 'lay the book down' and lie does not have the object such as 'I lie down' and the problem comes when the past form of lie is lay and not lied Anything else in the grammar and sentence structure that created problems were mostly transparent where the lied just stuck out like fingernail on chalkboardI think this is a good light read for people who like SFF for young adults with less emphasis on the Science part of the science fiction There were enough interesting mysteries in this one to make me interested in following up with the rest of the series to see how those resolveJL Dobias

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Astra By Lisa EskEscuing the only man with ties to her past after relations with a benevolent alien race take a tragic turn The last thing Magnius needs is to get mixed up in an ugly war but in order to escape the clutches of his nefarious mentor and save Amii's father he's willing to risk it or die trying Astra Synchronicity is a science fiction thriller that will appeal to readers who enjoy the work of C J Cherryh and also those who fell in love with the romance of The Time Traveler's Wife. Astra SynchronicityLet me first start off by saying I wish I had realized this was a book that has a second one not yet released HehHowever I downloaded it via com on my Kindle for free and because of that fact I won't complainThe book was good It took me a little bit of time to get into it and once I was passed the science bit that I didn't understand I read a review where someone said the science was wrong however I and probably the average reader wouldn't know that the book started to pace along a little betterI also read a review where the reviewer complained about there being to many characters to keep track of I'd have to agree to an extent In the beginning I was a little confused at times as to who I was following in the story but once I got into it I could picture them better and keep better track of who was whoThe story revolves around a future where Earth is no longer habitable and the people have fled to outlying stars to live There are lines drawn much like in our current world between certain cultures and peoples There are also a group of people with abilities abilities that developed because of humanity but these people the Psions are now feared and hated by the rest of humanity which they call Normals And a new species enters the picture humanities first brush with life outside their own narrow view of the world Politics play a large roll in what goes on within this story however it isn't politically heavy If it were I wouldn't have kept reading There are prophecies that make the characters uestion destiny or choice and are what drives each person within this story to follow the path they are onI was left hanging and will have to check out the next installment to find out what the prophecy meant and if destiny is written or if choices made matter