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Publisher's Summary

Jorie Taylor has lived her whole life on the generation ship Beacon. Fleeing an Earth tearing itself apart from its exhaustive demand for resources, the Beacon is finally approaching Sarbras, the planet circling Tau Ceti they hope to make humanity's new home. But Earth has recovered from its near-death experience and is now under the control of a ruthless dictator whose sights are set on Tau Ceti as well. President Jurudu knows how to get what he wants - and he wants Sarbras. With Sequel Novelette by Steven Savile.

©2012 WordFire, Steven Savile (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"For those wanting that old style SF vibe, in the style of YA Heinlein (Farmer in the Sky, Podkayne of Mars) or more recently Allen Steele’s Coyote series, these will keep you greatly entertained. I wouldn’t mind reading more stories set in this universe myself." (Mark Yon, SFFWorld.com)
"Good reading with both the story by Kevin J. Anderson and the follow up story by Steven Savile. " (Ryan's Review, GoodReads.com)

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I found the story disjointed and wondering in overinflated, prose.
Good luck trying to follow the storyline.

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Understand that there is a full novel before this. However I didn't have any problem enjoying this. Of course you understand tjere is more than you know regarding some references, but no problem.

However using "souls" gone as a fact, where a blood transfusion is a cure (and for some reason connected "blood transfusers" hearts stop? Do they? I have no idea. However I know when you blooddope (transfusion of (mostly) own blood, the Americans cycling team winning gold in 1984 Olympics (it were still not forbidden) some got very sick taking a pint of blood from a relative.) I assume they process blood in hospitals.

However point were a little so so explained over lightspeed (E=mc2 check what happens when you see how much E or what happens to m when rearrange the formula to get =c lol. Go hyperspace /wormholes./even magic in a pretty decent series (90 hr 1 credit or something)!

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Two disjointed tales

Tau Ceti which consists of two tales by Kevin J Anderson and Steven Savile concerns a generation ship arriving at a new world. This is followed by an egomaniacal earth dictator who wants the new world. The main problem encountered in the first part is a mysterious illness from the long journey that alludes to losing the soul during the journey and requires a blood relative for a cure. The second has the Earth dictator during an insurrection that forces him to steal a spaceship and travel to the new world with the expectation that everyone will assent to his rule. That's it.

Both stories are thin on plot and character development. The mysterious illness was bizarre with a deus ex machina feel to the solution. The Earth dictator manages to escape the overthrow of his rule singlehandedly, steal an entire generation ship, and fly it himself to the new world (by FTL, so he gets there in his lifetime) with the expectation that everybody will simply do what he says. All in all quite disappointing.

The narration is reasonable. While the brevity of the rendition leads to hope that things will turn around, they never do.