Star Brigade: First Renaissance Paperback – May 1 2006
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About the Author
Born in 1979, C.C. Ekeke has been a fan of the science fiction and fantasy genres as long as he can remember. The idea for the Star Brigade has been cooking in his head for years, but he never once considered turning it into a novel. Throughout his childhood and teenage years he focused on sketching his ideas on paper and had dreams of becoming a comic book artist. It was only after skimming through his many sketches during his sophomore year of college that C.C. knew he had to write all his ideas down.
Star Brigade: First Renaissance is an ode to C.C. Ekeke's lifelong love for science fiction. It is also his way of writing the type of sci-fi novel that he himself would want to read. This story not only introduces the reader to new planets, exotic alien beings and strange creatures, but also brings to life three-dimensional characters that break through any preset sci-fi stereotypes.
Visit the author's web page at www.shatterhouse.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
By the beginning of the 25th century, mankind has become one of the principal members in the Galactic Union of Planetary Republics, a leading light in the struggle for interplanetary peace. There is also a dark side to mankind's story, though. As Earth became more and more crowded, human beings reached for the stars; choosing Terra Sollus as their new homeworld, they brazenly usurped the planet from its native Korvenite population. In response, a small cadre of Korvenites conducted a devastating attack on the Earth itself, killing half of its population and making the planet unable to sustain life. The reaction to this tragedy came swiftly and powerfully from the GUPR -- punishing all for the sins of a few, the GUPR placed all Korvenites in internment camps, robbing them of their natural Mindlink with one another and killing those who attempted to evade capture. Most Korvenites tried to make the best of their new, back-breaking lives, but one man waited and plotted for the right time to punish the GUPR for its heavy-handed deeds.
The Star Brigade is the elite fighting force of the GUPR.Read more ›
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C. C. Ekeke also wrote a central character who was broken and was keeping it together purely for the sake of his young son yet as the novel went on we see the man he was before the events in the novel and that strength, courage and integrity is the basis for the core of the Star Brigade and every member of the unit, we can cheer for them without forsaking the simple premise forgotten by the major powers in the galaxy, some things are just wrong and need to be resolved.
A solid standalone scifi military adventure with the promise of more to come, recommended.
To protect and defend the Galactic Union there are many resources available, but none has proven as able, courageous, well-trained, or unwavering in the performance of their duties as the Star Brigade Special Forces. Unfortunately, the Star Brigade and its specially talented and enhanced Brigadiers are under attack by enemies that transcend the stars and the boundaries of species...politicians and bureaucracies. If the Star Brigade is to survive, they will need their most able Brigadier to return to active service. Sadly, that Brigadier, a human, Habraum Nwosu, hasn't been going through the best of times, either.
While the Star Brigade is having its painful dramas, Maelstrom, a telepathic and telekinetic Llyriac (priest) of great psionic strength, who would free his exiled and captive fellow Korvenites and reclaim Terra Sollus, after ridding it of all non-Korvenite filth, especially humans, is becoming strong enough to make his power and threats felt within the Galactic Union; even reaching out to touch Chouncilor Ari Bogosian, the leader of the Galactic Union. The timing, in political terms, couldn't be worse--it is the eve of the signing of a trade agreement with the Kedri, a large non-human species and a powerful empire.
Tough times call for tough measures and the Star Brigade is called to reconstitute, reorganize and serve the Galactic Union, only to have its own leaders wonder if, with the ranks desperately thinned of experienced and capable Brigadiers and plagued by the interference of political manipulators, they can accomplish their missions. Their new commander, Habraum Nwosu, has a hold card, Marguliese, a cybernetic organism who saved his life, even though they were on opposite sides, during the Ferronos Sector War War, but her/its presence and her/its effects on the outcome of the Star Brigade missions and the internal morale of the Brigadiers are questionable.
Can Habraum, Honaa (a reptoid Rothorid), Sam (a totally female Earthling), Liliana (a human female physician) , Khrome (an almost indestructible Thulican), and the rest of the Star Brigade evolve into an effective and formidable combat unit and save themselves and the Star Brigade, much less the Galactic Union and the sentient species of which it is composed? Who is the enemy...Maelstrom and his band of Korvenite followers or are there other enemies? What is justice and how will the Brigadiers react to attacks on their moral courage, something that most never thought would be an issue? If the hook isn't firmly set and you aren't searching for ways to get a copy of the space opera Star Brigade: First Renaissance as soon as possible, then I have done C.C. Ekeke an injustice with this synopsis.
***** If you're getting the feeling that Star Brigade: First Renaissance is not just another cookie-cutter, formula driven science fiction novel, you right. It's layer after layer of superb science fiction by first time novelist C.C. Ekeke...a real treat for this book reviewer.
Ekeke has spent a long time developing the characters and getting this plot of Star Brigade: First Renaissance the way that he wanted. In a telephone interview with this charming and passionate man, he shared more on the process than is available on the Star Brigade website. I was impressed with his desire to create a universe that is so much richer and interesting than the often trite, human and male dominated, diversity lacking universes in the jejune novel tales often thrust upon science fiction readers.
Ekeke succeeds in his goals. His "good guys & gals" are far from perfect and his bad guys are not caricatures of evil who lack moral justification for their ire. Human and aliens both have depth of character that is deliberate and this is often lacking in the work from many first-time science fiction novelists. Humans are a part of the Star Brigade universe, but they do not overshadow the other species. The subplots are intriguing, ambrosial and leave the reader craving more, and more, and more.
As I read and then reread Star Brigade: First Renaissance (it's one of those books that is almost impossible to put down once you get into it), I found myself comparing C.C. Ekeke to David Weber, C.J. Cherryh, Orson Scott Card, David Drake, et cetera, and firmly believe that, if he continues with this quality of work and can meet the demands of potential publishers and a loyal following of fans, C.C. Ekeke is going to be a new and very large voice in the genre of science fiction. I eagerly and anxiously await the next novel in the Star Brigade "space opera" series and recommend Star Brigade: First Renaissance wholeheartedly to science fiction lovers (buy it and treat yourself to a good read...you deserve it). I hope that the powers-that-be at publishing houses, e.g. Toni Weisskopf and the people who work for her at Baen Books, really give C.C. Ekeke a hard look. If he has what it takes to go the distance and they miss out on getting C.C. Ekeke into their stable of authors, I suspect that they'll regret it more than people who didn't buy Pfizer stock just before the FDA approved Viagra. You don't have to be an astronomer to see the birth of a star, and, in my opinion, the arrival of C.C. Ekeke into universe of science fiction literature is the dawn of a star who, with continued hard work, appropriate grooming and a bit of luck, will mature into a stellar science fiction phenomenon. *****
Reviewed by Dr. Phil Rhyne for Huntress Reviews.