Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Review Tour + #Giveaway: Sentient by Michael Leon @MichaelLeon0433 @GoddessFish


by Michael Leon

GENRE: Science Fiction


A century has passed and yes, the human race stumbled into evolutionary compromise. But it’s not the androids who are the victors. Post-humans have exploded into preeminence, gaining tech superiority and a tech immunity against the global environmental degradation. Humans are trivialised, a minority species, their one last significant task, restore the environmental damage they inflicted on Earth and terraform off-planets. One human and his ‘biot’ android embark on such a journey to Mars, opening the possibility for an evolutionary path back to greatness, but hostile post-human agents have infiltrated their mission.


The reconnaissance soldier, Harvey, was the first to walk into the cave, his adversary not just Draven, but to his shock, four Dravens. The soldier attempted to fire his pulse gun, but it failed to activate, causing him to back away to com Jarvis, when it too failed.

Draven was unarmed except for a single dagger, which he removed from his sheath and pointed his assailant’s way, inviting him to battle. Harvey, like all military biots, were robotized killers, programmed to fight in the fires of hades if their commander required it. He welcomed Draven’s challenge, exchanging a steel salute with his blade.

In that moment between standoff and battle, both combatants exchanged an inscrutable glance that signaled the opening gesture, acceptance that what they now started would only end with one standing. War-like adrenaline saturated the cave like the Martian dust as they began a dance, they’d spent their lives honing. Both were masters of the blade.

The soldier relished rather than feared Draven’s advantage as he rotated 360 degrees to confront the four assailants that encircled him. It was a Russian roulette encounter, with only one holding the real weapon of death. 340 Sentient But which? The soldier flicked his handle, extending his knife to a sword, showing he too brought tricks to the arena. Masterfully, he swept the sword in a Samurai-like movement of grace and skill glancing all four assailants, clicking real metal on only one, establishing his real target.

He attacked Draven, slicing, carving and driving his sword in every possible direction and angle but each time Draven evaded his assault untouched, toying with him. The soldier grew bolder with every exchange as if the challenge was all that mattered. Ever faster, he launched attacks that ultimately pushed Draven into the rock wall. Cornering Draven, he felt emboldened to make a devastating but risky assault, successfully finding the small opening in his defense allowing Harvey to plunge his sword deep into Draven’s core.

The sound of steel driving through Draven’s body echoed through the cathedral signaling victory, but to the soldier’s shock, Draven stood tall, before the flickering of his holograph gave way to the cold rock where he stood. “You’re fast, soldier. But I’m as quick as light,” he said, pulling his knife from the soldier’s back, spilling his blood to the Martian dust, decommissioning the young soldier with a single decisive incision.

My Review:

In the near future, humans are now a minority species. After a century of catastrophic climate changes all the children are sick and dying. Humans have been tasked with returning Earth to the way it was before the children started getting sick. They are tasked with terraforming Earth along with other planets.

Dane decides to leave Earth and join his sister Dr. Zi Walker to help her terraform Mars. Dane and his biot assistant, Hali are on their way to Mars with the Trojan computer that will help with making the terraforming go quicker and faster.

A corporation on Earth known as the Apollo Corporation who wants to stop Dane’s sister’s project on Mars, sneak on board Dane’s ship to try and steal the Trojan computer to ensure that humans can’t terraform Earth, Mars, and other planets.

Dane with the help of his biot assistant, Hali must find a way to stop the Apollo agents from taking the Trojan computer or they all may be doomed. A war breaks out among the humans and the Apollo agents will determine the fate of mankind.

Sentient is a fast-paced science fiction with enough action and suspense to keep the pages turning. I did enjoy reading Sentient as it reminded me of Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Total Recall, and Mission to Mars all rolled into one. I could see all playing out in my head like a movie.

I would recommend Sentient to all fans of science fiction. One-click your copy of Sentient today to begin this epic scientific adventure!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Michael Leon is an explorer, writer and author of the new novel, Sentient. Professionally trained in international trade, Michael has spent the last decade reading and writing SFF novels about new worlds to be explored in the future. His latest work, Sentient, imagines Earth in the year 2120. Michael has traveled extensively around Europe, walking the paths of his characters, from the famous European opera houses in Phantoms to the mountain tops of Switzerland in Emissary.

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Thanks to the Avid Reader for hosting this stop on my tour. Thanks also for the review and your generous comments.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Victoria Alexander said...

Sounds like a good book!


Thanks, Victoria! Good luck with the giveaway!

Rita Wray said...

Sounds great, thank you for sharing.


You're welcome, Rita!

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


Thanks for dropping by, Kim!

Sherry said...

Sounds like a very good book.

Stormy Vixen said...

I enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing with me! Thanks, Avid Reader for sharing your review!


Thanks for your feedback, Sherry!


Thanks for your encouragement, Stormy!

Danielle merkle said...

Sounds like an interesting read