Destiny’s Forge – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
‘A small space craft rushed toward a planet orbiting a pair of white stars, trailing a plume of sparking fire and rapidly dissipating smoke. The meteoroid had done its work well when it smashed through the hull of the craft at a critical point, tearing through the main engine pod and disabling it in an instant. The pilot was clad in an eva suit when it happened, but this would be no comfort when the air supply in the suit ran out and the ship’s systems began to fail…. The pilot struggled with the controls and managed to coax it to pitch the nose upward as it began its inexorable spiral toward the surface…. The pilot was able to bring the retrothrusters back on line and controlled them manually. The craft bucked and jostled as its descent fell back to something less terrifying, but it was not designed for a surface landing. The pilot aimed the craft toward a patch of desert just beyond the forest crowding the shore of one of the larger lakes…. The craft crumpled and bounced and set fire to the tumbles cribs growing on the desert floor until the nose came down suddenly and buried itself…. A hatch exploded outward and landed a few yards away. The pilot dove out above the flames and sailed a fair distance, hit the dirt and rolled clear. Exhausted with pain and nearly out of air, she struggled to unfasten her helmet, tossed it away and took a gulp of dry heat into her lungs as an awful consuming darkness claimed her mind.’
The pilot is Antonia Bellero. Origin? Unknown. Destination? Unknown. Quest? Unknown. Only Antonia herself knows the answers to these questions and to survive she must keep it that way. She has just crash landed on a planet called Corelli’s Planet. The planet’s namesake, Vince Corelli, is destroying the planet and the people living there through his mining for its beryllium. As circumstances take form, Antonia will do whatever she can to save both the planet and its people. But this won’t come without a cost to her and her plans. She must join the Interstellar Federation as an intelligence agent which will result in her being stationed on the Destiny’s Forge in the capacity of an Ensign.
While on the Destiny, Antonia finds herself helping to fight the creation of a Star gate which is being financed by a being known as Julian Bridge. As Antonia will soon find out, Bridges is not only known by many other names but he is one who could destroy and control space and it’s planets as they are know.
If someone told me a year ago that I would be reading a book like Destiny’s Forge I would have told them “I don’t think so, not my kind of book.” Again, I have to admit that I’m wrong. Destiny’s Forge is the first book in a series called Children of the Dragon and it is about “vampires.” Vampires have never been one of my favorite reads. When I commit to a book review I do it with an open mind. I don’t read reviews others have written. So, when I took on the commitment to read and review not 1 but 7 books in this series I really had no idea that they were about vampires. I struck out reading the 1st book Destiny’s Forge and found myself hurrying to turn the page. And now that this one is finished, I can’t wait to read the next.
I know that there are several vampire type shows on television but Destiny’s Forge could easily be made into a series that would blow them all out of the water. Yes, it’s that good!
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