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Open Channel - a “happy surprise” according to Amazon
Science fiction/fantasy readers are discovering Open
Channel, written by professional editor Daniel Betts.
Currently an eBook, Open Channel will be released in audio
and print this year.
Open Channel tells the story of vigilante captain, Jason
Drake and his mixed crew of biomechanical, human and magical beings. After
falling into a devastating trap, Jason is forced to stretch the resources and
skills of his remaining crew to face a terrible threat to galactic freedom.
Filled with action, dynamic characters, romance, humor and
drama, fans of the science fiction/fantasy genre will definitely enjoy this
book is well written and was recommended to me by a friend. Also a little upset
since I like to read before bed but this book had me reading past my bedtime. I
just couldn't stop!
Very gripping and heartfelt justice from the main character Drake after the
loss of his daughter. It was a character you could really get behind. The
action and events were very well written. I highly recommend this book to any
scifi action fan like myself. Loved it :)
the wonderful “mistake” of reading even the few sample chapters of ‘Open
Channel’, and I’m betting my right arm you’ll be hooked. Author Daniel Betts
has crafted something that will stay with you even days after reading it.
Basically, ‘Open Channel’ is a breath-taking reimagination of the distant
future, where colonizing other worlds has become commonplace. However, these
individual colonies evolved to be suspicious of the intentions of humans from
other worlds, and such serves as seeds for the terrible tragedy that ensues.
The book, however, pulls into focus on a well-developed character we can all
root for: Captain Drake, whose “Captain Kirk-like” directive is to steer and
command his warship as he is driven by professional as well as deeply personal
reasons: out to avenge the death of his daughter and the mess that has become
of his previous marriage, Drake makes every decision with a far-reaching eye
for revenge. And there’s the rub: he’s the man in charge of bringing about
justice. But an unexpected twist amps up the suspense and basically “time
warps” the reader into a complication you cannot look away from.
Also, there’s something in Daniel Betts’ writing that reminds me so much of
William Gibson in his post-Neuromancer novels—that is, the Gibson that is
sharper and raw in ‘Spook Country’ or dazzling in ‘Pattern Recognition’. Betts,
however, stands on his own as a distinct literary voice, regardless of the
Overall, ‘Open Channel’ is a book you open and doesn’t put down until the very
last page—it is that arresting and immersive. If you love a science fiction
tale that throbs with style and grace and weighs heavily with its emotional
gravitas, then you’ll love this book to shreds. Get a copy—or send it as a gift
to a friend who loves the genre. A solid five-star rating for this one.
Five Stars Captain Kirk Fans
Buckle Up, It's Going Too Be, Beyond a Bumpy Ride, May 1, 2014
review is from: Open Channel (Kindle Edition)
out of the gate I want to say this is hard core Sci Fi. As the genre was
intended to be, no Casper milk toast here I promise. There is adult language
and, situations as well this is an adult book with adult story line etc. It is
a well written adult Sci Fi but not appropriate for teens. But, it is however
perfect for a Sci FI junky who has been jonesing for a new book series.
There is nothing better than finishing a stellar science fiction novel knowing
that it is only the first in a series. Some of the greatest minds in sci-fi
have used the series format to create complex and thrilling universes for their
story characters to exist in. While other authors, have created dystopian (and
utopian) future environments on earth with varying results.
This is a bit of a combo sort of book, like super sizing your McDonald's order
you get a whole lot a bang for your buck. This is set in the far future and
focuses heavily on plot and story development, giving a much lesser role to
technical detail. However it clearly avoids the label of what would be
considered soft science fiction often described as "space opera".
It actually reminds me of a series that was started in the 80s with a small
novel named "Ender's Game." It was later expanded in to a full sized
novel of the same name by the author now the series consists of nine novels.
This book is much like that one with respect to its assets. With characters
that are very well fleshed out with a story that has enough angst to give it
the required bit of emotion.
Sorry, but I happen to like to know what the characters are feeling. Call me a
girl but I need to know and this author tells you, so thanks for that. That was
to be frank is a happy surprise in a genre that by its very nature. The authors
focus on special effects versus emotion and internal character development is
prevalent. I'm a girl who likes some pathos and humor in her dialogue. I'm
happy to state delivered by author Daniel Betts.
Jason and Aria the principle characters have a long and troubled history of
sharing tragedy. The development of this relationship allows the author to
bring a little softness, to the story line. Hence he pulls in some interesting
perspective of the characters conscious and sub conscious mind. I think the
real message here is that Daniel Betts has managed to write a new and original
In a genre that can become a canned imitation of some of the greats. He
succeeds and that is why I am giving this book five stars. I will be reading
the series as it becomes available. Get busy Mr.Betts times a wasting.