3 out of 4 stars
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We all long to go back to our homes after a long day's work. Even after traversing the world, our hearts crave the warmth of our own homeland. It is human nature to be attached to one's own family and country.
Ryan Stathis is no different. He is an aeronautical engineer who is happily married to his wife, Laura. Being a workaholic, he often loses track of time and spends long hours at work. One fateful night, everything changes. While returning home, he sees a strange flying ship heading towards his lab. In a bid to save his colleague, he heads back to the lab. This decision alters the course of his life. He is abducted by a spaceship. The ship takes him away from Earth. Ryan is stunned. He wants nothing to do with the shenanigans of the spaceship, Cadmus. His only wish is to return to his wife.
Will Ryan be successful in his quest to reach home? What will he do when has to choose between returning home and saving his planet?
Alex Zadeh weaves a spectacular tale of science and adventure in his Dark Matter Empire. In the first book of the series, Zadeh hooks us with his vivid writing style and realistic imagination. It compels the reader to think of the possibility of multiple star systems and aliens. I would love to travel to a different star system and meet the species of various planets. Zadeh creates a world of aliens who all have distinct identities. Their cultures are rich. They all look different. I like the way the author shows how the different species interact with each other. All of them have their special games and drinks. I would have loved to be a part of the galaxy ball tournament.
Zadeh's world reminded me of some video games. Ryan and his compatriots had their own inventories and UI. Coding played a significant role in this world. Also, I like the way the author depicted the battle scenes. They were realistic and heart-rending. My heart pounded every time Ryan, Flare, and Bubo faced off with the Empire. The author also highlighted the treachery that is a part and parcel of every battle. Like Ryan, I was stunned by the betrayals of certain people.
Zadeh created dynamic and complex characters. Ryan changed a lot during the course of the book. However, he did not lose his intrinsic human nature. Flare was a thorough warrior. The ape-like alien was a true friend. Bubo is a character I never thought I would relate to. The robot-like alien was someone who would create a special place in your heart without your own knowledge. Also, I have to mention that the locals of Yenovia won my heart quite unexpectedly.
I did find more than ten errors. These can easily be fixed by a round of editing and proofreading. This is the only shortcoming.
Keeping in mind the pros and cons, I rate Dark Matter Empire 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to fans of science-fiction books. People who are intrigued by battles and aliens would love this novel. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
Dark Matter Empire (Book 1)
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