“Admiral” by Sean Danker starts with a mystery that gets more and more intricate as the four beings who awaken together explore their surroundings. The mystery unfolds as they experience it, which gets progressively more frustrating and suspenseful, especially since uncomfortable clues are revealed which give glimpses of their varied backgrounds and tension mounts between them.
The author has a vivid style which lends itself to that jumpy feeling and allows one to experience the echoing vastness of a ship and other environments while feeling the oppressive sensation that nobody is going to get out alive. I admit that I was more and more pessimistic as one event piles on another and I kept thinking I was going to be really annoyed or really frustrated by the end of the story, lol.
To a certain extent, this ends in a cliffhanger, but not so much that I wanted to throw the book across the room, but rather one that makes you stop and ponder. Some light is shed on a few of the mysteries but, wow, there are still others that are definitely not only left dangling, but are magnified! I was intrigued by the blurb and felt the story lived up to it, but I am not quite satisfied by the ending and definitely curious to see what else is going to happen. This is a universe that I wouldn’t want to live in, but I wouldn’t mind taking a peek into it again, so I am glad the sequel is coming out fairly soon.
This science fiction story is the first tale in a series and starts with four Sleepers who are unexpectedly roused in an apparently derelict ship. The oldest of the four is inexplicably labeled as an admiral despite the contradiction of his age. The lack of any concrete information combined with the dearth of assistance forces the group to depend on their training and combined knowledge, and as danger mounts, suspicions have to be put aside in favor of survival. The challenge is to figure out why they’re in an unfamiliar ship, what happened to the crew, where they are in terms of their planned journey, and why they’ve awakened? The more they discover, the darker the prospects are, and all of their training may be for naught, especially if one of them is a saboteur as they suspect!
FIRST IN A NEW MILITARY SCIENCE FICTION SERIES
“I was on a dead ship on an unknown planet with three trainees freshly graduated into the Imperial Service. I tried to look on the bright side.”
He is the last to wake. The label on his sleeper pad identifies him as an admiral of the Evagardian Empire—a surprise as much to him as to the three recent recruits now under his command. He wears no uniform, and he is ignorant of military protocol, but the ship’s records confirm he is their superior officer.
Whether he is an Evagardian admiral or a spy will be of little consequence if the crew members all end up dead. They are marooned on a strange world, their ship’s systems are failing one by one—and they are not alone.