I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Admiral by Sean Danker
Series: , #1
Published by Penguin Publishing Group on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Military, Alien Contact
Format: eBook, Hardcover
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
FIRST IN A NEW MILITARY SCIENCE FICTION SERIES
"I was on a dead ship on an unknown planet with three trainees freshly graduated into the Imperial Service. I tried to look on the bright side." He is the last to wake. The label on his sleeper pad identifies him as an admiral of the Evagardian Empire--a surprise as much to him as to the three recent recruits now under his command. He wears no uniform, and he is ignorant of military protocol, but the ship's records confirm he is their superior officer. Whether he is an Evagardian admiral or a spy will be of little consequence if the crew members all end up dead. They are marooned on a strange world, their ship's systems are failing one by one--and they are not alone.
Sean Danker’s Admiral is a tense psychological thriller set in deep space. While the pacing is slow, I was never bored as the pace was reminiscent of Alien. Four people wake up to find they’re alone on a ship in some unknown place, and the crew is dead. The protagonist is labeled to be the Admiral, but it’s obvious from his POV that he’s not really who he claims. Who the man is, and why he’s on the ship is just one of the mysteries readers have to unravel while they read this story. When they aren’t trying to figure out the protagonist’s identity, what happened to crew, or how the characters will survive, the reader is also waiting for something to jump out of the dark.
What I enjoyed the most was unraveling the mysteries. That, and the constant tension kept me invested in the story. Danker keeps the suspense going from beginning to end, and I never found the story to be lacking. Even though there were only four characters, they were pretty well-developed, if not suspicious. It was obvious the protagonist wasn’t who he claimed, but the thought the others might not be trustworthy as well helped up the tension. Throw in a dire situation, impending doom, and weird circumstances, and readers can’t help but be invested in this exciting space story.
Admiral is the first book in a new series, and I can’t wait to read the next installment. Even though the entire story takes place on some distant planet, it appears the series will take place in many different places, and it will be interesting to learn more about this world, and the political upheaval mentioned in this book. If you’re looking for a suspenseful space opera, then you’ll definitely want to check this series out. Especially if you enjoy a good mystery.