Mt Snow reviews ‘The Tide of War’ (Defending Epsilon #1) by Lori A. Witt, released by Riptide Publishing on June 22, 2015 – 371 pgs
Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Lori A. Witt blog tour for The Tide of War!
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (including books written as L.A. Witt or Lauren Gallagher, excluding The Tide of War) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 28th, and winners will be announced on July 29th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.
Lieutenant Commander Kyle West is one of Earth Fleet’s greatest fighter pilots. Every day, he leads his squadron into battle over Earth’s cities in a seemingly endless war against a vicious alien race, defending his home and his loved ones.
Millions of miles away, the Fleet’s Elite Squadron attacks from another angle, engaging the enemy on its home turf. Casualties are high, and the Squadron needs more of the Fleet’s very best. But joining the Elite is a death sentence—a surety Kyle isn’t willing to face. Until a devastating attack wipes out the family he refused to leave.
Commander Andrei Dezhnyov, an Elite Squadron gunner, isn’t sure what to make of the cocky new American pilot. Kyle is equally uncertain about the snarly Russian, but as they warm up to each other, their tentative alliance becomes a deep bond—one that endangers them both when a daring and disobedient rescue reveals secrets that call into question everything they’ve ever believed about their enemy. Secrets that their superiors would kill to protect.
Why MtSnow reviewed this book: I have been a fan of Lori A. Witt for ages, but under her other alias L.A. Witt. This is a first for me to be reading and reviewing a sci-fi book, and this was a great one to start with.
NOTE: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Wow. This may have been a longer than usual ride as far as length of story, but it was well worth it. All I can say was that the world-building was fantastic and believable, and the supporting characters got under my skin and into my heart.
I did not know what to think when the initial way the relationships were portrayed in this story made me question the moral character of the MCs.
But. Then. I just got it. It made for a much deeper level of empathy, understanding, and friendship that I didn’t expect to feel, while also lowering my own shields of ‘judgement’ that I didn’t even realize I had wrapped around myself.
And the ideas of reality, and how close it came to my understanding of technology in this day and age, it was with horror that I realized how easy something like this could happen. The story. No words to explain how it got to me, but it definitely did.
It was a sci-fi, and I could tell the author is very comfortable with the military protocol and terminology, and the whole idea of the ‘space station’ was done very realistically. I could even feel twinges of my own claustrophobia. But, more than anything, it was a story of the human condition, and questioning right and wrong, and whether we could live with the choices we’d made, even in ignorance, and as to whether it would even make a difference in the big picture. It may not have been heavy on my ‘idea’ of romance, but then, it just was.
Fast-paced, edge of your seat adventure, and even if you don’t think you are into sci-fi, I recommend this story wholeheartedly, and am glad I was able to read it, as it gave me much to think about. Sci-fi that REALLY had me thinking, what if?!
Lori A. Witt is the fourth corner of the Gallagher-Witt quad, and prefers to play in the genres of science fiction and fantasy over all that romance nonsense. Okay, so romance does show up sometimes, but these are the books she writes when she needs a change of pace. Sword and sorcery, spaceships, and just general weird nerdy goodness—Lori writes it all. Like the other members of the quad (L.A. Witt, Lauren Gallagher, and Ann Gallagher), Lori is in the process of relocating from Omahabad, Nebraskastan to the southwestern coast of Spain. In her spare time, she tries to stay out of the middle of L.A.’s and Lauren’s ongoing rivalry, while never missing a chance to trip Ann when she’s not paying attention.
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I would like to give a big Thank You to Lori A. Witt and Riptide for letting us take place in this Blog Tour