Book 1: Earth - Last Sanctuary
The first book in the UNIVERSE IN FLAMES saga.

 

Earth. Our Last Sanctuary. The Last Beacon of Hope Against the Rising Darkness.

 

The Obsidian Empire has shattered the Star Alliance. Lieutenant Chase Athanatos manages to escape their wrath, piloting his fighter to lead a band of survivors to the edge of the galaxy…to a little planet called Earth.

 

But Earth is in trouble. The Empire is hot on their trail, and unless Chase can find a way to stop them, what remains of the Alliance is doomed to extinction.

 

Unbeknownst to him, something dormant is coursing through Chase's blood. Something ancient.

 

But does it hold the key to changing their destiny?

Artwork by Christian Kallias

Reviews

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Earth — Last Sanctuary is the first in a science-fiction space-opera series where pilot Chase is the main protagonist and must use his incredible piloting and strategic improvisation to survive the decimation of the Star Alliance by the Obsidian Empire. The immediate parallel to make is with Star Wars, but don’t let the terms put you off, for there were many resonating influences that shaped Earth – Last Sanctuary: Independence Day, Star Trek Original Series (in that there was a protective moralist deity); and maybe there were ideas borrowed from the Serenity film or Farscape series.

I liked the moral thread running through the novel, of letting go of money, fame, and lust for power and to embrace foremost the development of the human race through technology. This ideology was a prerequisite for eliminating poverty, to cure illness, and save the environment. Its idea does stem from the basis of putting the needs of the many above the needs of the few, but the author delivered this new ideology in a convincing way.

My analysis was extremely positive. I loved the connection between characters Chase and Earth pilot Sarah Kepler and the way Alliance technology was introduced in a simple and yet absorbing way. It made perfect sense why the Alliance would be as developed economically and militarily when compared with what Chase sees as “human recreational activities”, which involve movies, sex, and food. In this way Earth seems to have prioritised the development of entertainment. Because Chase’s point-of-view showed he didn’t at first understand human indulgences, and for all his similarities to humans in language and appearance he was emotionally detached. This made me empathise with the author’s message, seeing the setting as a bridge that must be crossed for human and humanoid happiness.

Minor criticism: there were a few instances in the final space battle that were reminiscent of the attack on the Death Star in Star Wars A New Hope, and a single line “They’re up to something, I can feel your presence now”, made me think I knew where the series was going, however the author dispelled such notions at the end.

The dogfights were astounding, the space battle strategy imaginative, and there was a conceivable chance either side, Alliance or Empire, could have prevailed. There were easily relatable characters, a writing style that makes otherwise complex terms easy to digest and understand. Some of the writing, especially when Aphroditis spoke, was so impassioned, I felt the words speak to the soul, the writing was that powerful. It was as if I was there! Don’t turn Earth – Last Sanctuary down if you see it anywhere. Actually, if you’re reading this review, download or order it now and begin reading. You won’t regret it.

 

5 star review by author Alex James on Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords & Alex's review blog.

 

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Sci-fi action adventure fun! A fun, fast-paced read full of sci-fi dogfights at their finest. Explosive imagery but with thoughtful characters to anchor the plot and engage the reader. Would highly recommend.

 

5 star review by Dennis Kearney on Amazon

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Awesome Book!

 

I absolutely loved this book! The author has a writing style that kept me hooked from the first word until the last. I loved the story and he did an amazing job telling it. And that ending! I'll only say that I did not see it coming and I can't wait for the next one! Read this book! Kallias does not disappoint.

 

5 star review by Autumn Warren on Goodreads & Amazon

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This book drew me in from the first! A Sci Fi series that will delight and thrill you. Definitely recommend this series. I couldn't put it down until the last page!

 

5 star review by Love 2 Read on Amazon

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Exciting adventure. This grabs you on page 1 and never let's go. Forget anything you have to do, you won't get anything done until you are finished with this book. Just too good.

 

5 star review by Louis Fazzi on Amazon

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Great Writer!

 

This book is a great read. I will definitely get the rest of the series. When you're able to draw a reader into the story and make everything believable, that is the mark of great author, thank you for an enjoyable read.

 

5 star review by rlodom66 on Amazon

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Exciting adventure. This grabs you on page 1 and never let's go. Forget anything you have to do, you won't get anything done until you are finished with this book. Just too good.

 

5 star review by Louis Fazzi on Amazon

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Exciting adventure. This grabs you on page 1 and never let's go. Forget anything you have to do, you won't get anything done until you are finished with this book. Just too good.

 

5 star review by Louis Fazzi on Amazon

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