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Science Fiction | Grubane | Karl Drinkwater

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I’m a fan of Karl Drinkwater’s writing, if you haven’t read anything by this author you’re missing out!

Grubane is a novella from The Lost Tales of Solace series which is set in the Lost Solace universe.

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on Grubane as part of Rachel’s Random Resources tour.


Book cover for Grubane Book 2 in the Tales of Solace by Karl Drinkwater

Grubane by Karl Drinkwater is available to purchase in digital format.

Major Grubane is commander of the Aurikaa, the most feared cruiser in the UFS arsenal.

His crew is handpicked and fiercely loyal. Together, they have never failed a mission, and their reputation precedes them.

But this time he’s been sent to a key planet that is caught up in political tensions at the centre of the freedom debate. What he thought was a simple diplomatic mission turns out to be the hardest choice of his career. His orders: eliminate one million inhabitants of the planet, and ensure their compliance.

Grubane has also rediscovered an ancient game called chess, and plays it against the ship AI as a form of mental training. But maybe it could be more than that as he finds himself asking questions. Can orders be reinterpreted? How many moves ahead is it possible for one man to plan? And how many players are involved in this game?

Review

How I love to be back in this world.

Grubane is everything I thought he would be and more …

AI Aurikaa12 narrates and they are a character in their own right. I loved the introspection. Watching them grow and develop was very interesting.

Interspersed with the mission is Grubane’s treatise which made me think of how the strategies and tactics can be applied to many situations, not just a UFS mission. I love how this ties in.

I enjoyed finding out the snippets about his crew and other little nuggets. Reading someone’s face like a book takes on a whole new meaning. 🙂

There’s a lot packed into this short story. Rivalry, betrayal and a twist that I didn’t see coming made this a page turning read for me.

Highly recommend The Lost Solace world and short stories.

Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but lived in Wales for twenty years, and now calls Scotland his home. He’s a full-time author, edits fiction for other writers, and was a professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.

He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you’ll find elements of literary and contemporary fiction, gritty urban, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, romance, social commentary, and more. The end result is interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

When he isn’t writing he loves exercise, guitars, computer and board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, cake, and zombies. Not necessarily in that order.


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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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