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Things are not as they should be aboard the “Ananke”. The experimental spacecraft harbors some terrorists who have every intention of using it to meet their ends, which obviously won’t bode well for everyone else on board.

Charged with overseeing the computer system that manages the spacecraft, Althea has a deeper bond with the computer than her crewmates. Naturally she’ll do whatever it takes to protect the hardware and the spaceship. Dealing with the threat the terrorists pose and her “feelings’ for the technology she oversees, Althea is in for an unforgettable journey and one the reader won’t soon forget either.

Although author C.A. Higgins creates some riveting moments in this space adventure, there are other times the story drags a bit. But if you relish a good space opera, this novel fits the bill and you won’t mind a few glitches. This is the first of a trilogy so that explains why the ending leaves the door open for further adventures of this indomitable young heroine.

Book Blurb for Lightless

With deeply moving human drama, nail-biting suspense—and bold speculation informed by a degree in physics—C. A. Higgins spins a riveting science fiction debut guaranteed to catapult readers beyond their expectations.

Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond—not with any of her crewmates, but with the ship’s electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship.

While one of the saboteurs remains at large somewhere on board, his captured partner—the enigmatic Ivan—may prove to be more dangerous. The perversely fascinating criminal whose silver tongue is his most effective weapon has long evaded the authorities’ most relentless surveillance—and kept the truth about his methods and motives well hidden.

As the ship’s systems begin to malfunction and the claustrophobic atmosphere is increasingly poisoned by distrust and suspicion, it falls to Althea to penetrate the prisoner’s layers of intrigue and deception before all is lost. But when the true nature of Ivan’s mission is exposed, it will change Althea forever—if it doesn’t kill her first.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2015 3.50