Thursday, August 29, 2013

Energize (From the Logs of Daniel Quinn) by, Thomas Ray Manning

 A struggling mercenary. An enemy warship. A dangerous secret. When Captain Daniel Quinn discovers the location of a powerful energy source, he is forced to explore a mysterious planet, but in doing so he finds that the decisions he makes could lead to the downfall of an entire alien race.

1. "Daniel Quinn is a struggling mercenary - struggling because he has a heart. First Contact will never be the same again.

Energizer is a first person narrative that is at times electric, sorrowful, inventive, astonishing, and ultimately totally unpredictable and original. I love Mr. Manning's writing style. The use of first person puts you firmly in Daniel's head and you are there for the duration of the book, experiencing every nuance with him.

The author's voice rings clear and true. His writing is wonderfully descriptive. He draws his scenes and characters in Technicolor. The space Daniel inhabits is tangible. The joy and pain he feels lifts your spirit or makes you cry.

By the time I reached the end of this book I felt as though Daniel and I were old friends. The conclusion was satisfying, and yet, we are given the hope that Mr. Manning will revisit Daniel so we might follow him into another thrilling episode." - Theresa Snyder, author of the Star Traveler Series 5/5

2. "Energize is truly an enjoyable novel filled with fantastic and memorable characters. The author, Thomas Manning, does such a wonderful job with every detail of this novel that I could clearly picture every scene. So whether you're a Sci Fi lover or not, this book is a must read!!!" - E.F. Rose, upcoming author 5/5

3. "Energize tells the story of Daniel Quinn, an ex-soldier of the Earth Star Alliance, cursed with a dark past and demons that continue to haunt him. Five years after being framed for a crime he didn't commit, he is a mercenary and captain of his own ship, partnered with humanities only artificial intelligence. Coerced into a contract he doesn't really want to take, he is forced to make choices that effect not only his future, but the future of a newly discovered planet and the species that inhabit it.

The story is solid and told from the first person perspective, with an easy flow and style that brings the characters and settings to life. Characters are fun and believable and the aliens, though humanoid in actions and emotions, are well thought out with a culture and language all of their own. Actions make sense, and there are no leaps of logic or convenient pieces of technology that often plague science fiction tales like this.

All in all, it is an excellent read and well worth the time I took to read it. I am looking forward to book 2 (Antagonize I think due for November 2013) and will pick it up as soon as it is available.

A good, solid 4* book." - Robert Jackson-Lawrence, author of The Chronicles of Benjamin Knight 4/5

Check out my interview with author, Thomas Ray Manning!