Thursday, November 3, 2016

Metal Boxes - At The Edge by Alan Black

Metal Boxes - At the Edge
by Alan Black

Publisher: CreateSpace (September 30, 2016)
Publication Date: September 30, 2016
ISBN: 1535576375
Genre: Science Fiction - Space Opera
Print Length: 336 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Ensign Stone’s goals were to make his way in the empire’s navy, make his family proud of him, and make love to his fiancĂ©e. No matter which way he turned, someone was conspiring against him. Disgraced and humiliated, he is court-martialed, discharged, and abandoned.

Accepting what he thinks is a lowly busy-work position on a beat up old family business space freighter travelling At the Edge of human space, he hopes to earn back the trust and respect he lost. The Empire’s political powers and his family have different goals. Stone faces humanity’s enemies in a do-or-die operation.  

Metal Boxes - At The Edge by Alan Black

Metal Boxes - At the EdgeStone has gone from a bumbling young man who seemed to always end up on his feet, no matter what to a much more mature and “kind of” worldly man who has seen more, accomplished more and experienced more than men three times his age. Through it all, he has kept his honor, looked on the bright side and given his all in everything he does, including being “Momma” to two large and powerful drascos. When life threw him lemons, he made lemonade. When he fell in love, he fell hard and fast. Imagine his heartbreaking shame at being court-martialed in a universally public forum, decrying him as a man who scoffed at the rules and did what suited him. But did he fight the humiliation? No, he took his punishment with public dignity, because someone was out to get him, something was going on that was more powerful than he. But who and why?

With his tail between his legs, Stone takes command of a family freighter, determined to do the job that is expected of him. What he discovers is not the rusty metal box he expected, but a vessel filled with old comrades, military warriors and a state of the art machine on a deadly secret mission that could be entrusted only to him. It’s do or die time and with his friends and drascos by his side, Stone will face the deadliest foes ever to darken the skies of outerspace as he attempts to stop their evil spread of death and destruction.

Alan Black has raised young Blackmon Stone before our very eyes and this time out in Metal Boxes – At the Edge we will further witness the fine man he has become! Still filled with humorous moments, thoughtful moments and moments of intense action and tension, Mr. Black is at the helm of another fabulous science fiction tale filled with the magnetic charm of his characters and the settings he places them in! Brilliant dialogue, clever characters of every ilk, watch the love between species at work, the hatred of warring factions and the undeniable honor that fills the soul of Stone! Speaking of Stone, has he changed even more than we realize? Leave it to Alan Black to create a tale that begs to be read, remembered and enjoyed until that very last word! If you haven’t read the Metal Boxes series, you have no idea what real science fiction adventure can be!

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