Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Crystal Horizon: A Short Prequel to Crystal Deception by Doug J. Cooper.
About the Book: I like stories about people, and I particularly enjoy it when these people are engaged in adventures with aliens, spies, artificial intelligence, romance, and battles in space. But then again, who doesn’t?
Crystal Deception is a science fiction thriller that includes everything from my list above, and this work, Crystal Horizon, is a prequel to that book.
I wrote this short piece with two thoughts in mind. One was to give new readers a low cost opportunity to sample the larger story and meet a couple of characters from the series. Perhaps you’ll enjoy yourself so much, you’ll want to read the full length books?
My second reason was to give current fans the backstory on Sid and Cheryl. This prequel takes place five years before the time of Crystal Deception, where we meet Cheryl as a captain of a military space cruiser and Sid as a covert warrior for the Defense Specialists Agency.
We learn in Crystal Deception that Sid and Cheryl have a shared history and, in particular, a romantic relationship that has somehow gone awry. In this prequel, we join them on the day they first meet and we experience that history with them.
I hope you have as much fun reading this mini-adventure as I did writing it.
Doug J. Cooper
My review: Okay, I have to admit up front that I’ve been extremely interested in reading this series and, as the author hoped, this was the hook that got me (I owe you one, Doug. Lol)
As science fiction (or any story, really) goes, I love discovering the world around the characters as they do, meaning I’m not a huge fan of spending the first chapter learning about all the technical gizmos and history of the world. In that, the author did a phenomenal job.
Being based on Earth with warring governments offered a sense of realism that was gritty, but not so much that it distracted from the story. The setting also presents potential problems with how far advanced are the people and what have they discovered in the universe around them. Instead of becoming lost in their world, I was drawn into the daily lives of the characters without hesitation.
The story flowed really well, and was over about the time I was really getting into it, but that didn’t take anything away from it for me. I enjoyed the taste of their world and look forward to checking out their world in greater detail in the novels.