Krakenscourge, a KDP publication is a sci-fi book copyright and written by John Graham.

Nexus is a trading hub whose haphazard manner of construction had begun centuries ago on the edge of a dead star system and now had grown into a huge hub for interplanetary commerce. As such, it is frequented by human as well as all types of, from a human perspective, weird members from throughout the galaxies. At the moment, another rip opens in the phantasmal realm of Q-space as a space ship enters Nexus space. It is a vessel far larger than normally encountered but does not appear to be proceeding normally. Scans exposed numerous large hull breaches and at least one reactor leak. Such a leak could lead to devastating results for anything close. Thus emergency procedures were enacted, the ship’s momentum halted at a safe distance and although further scans discovered damage that probably resulted in the death of the crew members, it was safe to sit where it was. Obviously the damage was the result of a deliberate attack and eventually one the crew members still alive uttered the word “Voidstalker” which was assumed to have been of the attacking force. Considering that this is the name of a genetically enhanced, believed force for good developed by the human Department of Naval Intelligence plus the fact that an unusual object, the container for the deadly alien ‘swarm’, had been taken from the vessel by one of the subsequent salvaging crews pirating the hulk, provides an intriguing introduction to this gradually developing story. It is a tale of space warfare, intrigue, deception, espionage and genetic maneuvering largely revolving around Gabriel Thorn and the DNI. This most successful and dependable Voidstalker of the DNI is married with children 8, 6, 4 and younger. The older ones also demonstrating evidence of genetic enhancement that begins to intensify his wife’s curiosity. Her resulting activity and somewhat increasing resentment cause her to add another dimension to the plot. Dr. Mortimer Shelton, a former research director directly responsible for Gabe is another prominent figure as is ‘Red-Eye’, DNI’s supreme director and other characters of various levels of importance make their appearance along with mysterious sources that disseminate various elements of knowledge beyond the intended level. The action frequently is at a high level as the protagonist fights to save humanity with his own life in constant jeopardy and the finale leaves the reader with a heightened anticipation of the next book in the series.

Conclusion: A fast paced sci-fi thriller that the devotee will appreciate.

5* Sci-fi thriller devotees will not want to miss.


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