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The Re-Emergence: An Augment Saga Novella

by Alan K. Dell

"It was just a myth. Just a damn legend passed down from corrupted databanks..."

A strange probe from a long-forgotten satellite network appears in the P’hori star system. Its message: a dire warning signalling the return of an ancient mythological evil. Imperator Da’kora Corasar and the crew of the Qesh’kal are sent to determine the probe’s origin, and find that the satellite is not as they had expected. Corasar trusts the satellite’s data, but not everyone aboard agrees. Tensions rise and loyalties are tested as they track down the source of the signal. Thrust into conflict, the crew of the Qesh’kal must chase their foe across the galactic arm and save their home from certain destruction.

A Speculative Fiction Indie Novella Championship (SFINCS) finalist

SFINCS – Our Reviews

Beth Tabler

Why does this appeal to me as a reader?

I adore Science Fiction in its many forms, but science fiction novellas tend to be hit or miss, especially if the subject requires a lot of explanation and backstory. Coming into this story with very little information reminded me of the “Bobverse” books by Dennis E. Taylor, which mixed technical jargon with wit and humor. 

What I Liked:

  • Interesting characters. The physical attributes of the characters were very birdlike. This was fun; you do not find that much in science fiction. 
  • Witty dialog, banter, and snark, which are always a favorite for me. 
  • It was a great ending that was very exciting. The action scenes were fantastic.
  • The actual writing is extremely fluid. I found myself turning page to page once I got into it. 

Minor Tiffs:

  • I found that the technology was not something that I could immediately grasp onto. It had a tendency to throw me out of the story a bit. But once the info dumps were done, I could immerse myself better. 

Favorite Line:

‘Call me “maker” one more time, and I’ll have your consciousness transferred into the waste processing unit.’

Recommended:

  • When you want some quick science fiction that hits
  • When you want to read some expertly crafted scenes.
  • Like some out-of-the-box characters and banter. 

SPFBO Score: 7.0 out of possible 10.

Rebecca Hill

he Re-Emergence Novella has a lot of information packed in a short space. First, props to the author for the world building, the alien life form, and artificial intelligence that is present throughout the novel.
Now, as the author states, this is a complimentary novella, meant to share a deeper view into the first book. I should have read that before I read this one. I felt lost with several places, and some of the book seemed to lag, even though it was a short read.
The science fiction here is great, but I needed more of a “this is what to expect, an overview of book one.” Even more in the prologue would have helped, as I read it a few times to see if I missed something.
I may try this again after I read the first book at some point in the future. But for now, this one just did not resonate with me.

SPFBO Score: 4.0 out of possible 10.

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 5.5 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 5.5 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 5.5 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 5.5 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 5.5 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 5.5 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 5.5 OUT OF 10

TOTAL TEAM AVERAGE – 5.5 OUT OF 10

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