An Evagardian Novel #1
Roc, May 2016
From the publisher—
“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.
I like a lot of science fiction but tend to shy away from the military type just because that usually gets a little too overbearing for me. What drew me to Admiral was the implication that this is really a blending of science fiction and mystery and I do love crossgenre. Mr. Danker exceeded all my expectations and took me on an adventure I won’t soon forget.
Imagine if you were to wake up in a sort of locked room with just a few other people and you discovered that you’re apparently a high-ranking military officer although you have no memory of such an existence and, worse yet, no idea how to be a commander of troops. That’s what happens to this young man but he hasn’t forgotten everything. He knows, for instance, that he’s on a spaceship (just not the right one) and he knows they were bound for somewhere out there. That’s about it and there’s no time to figure things out because the ship is dead, meaning there’s no life support, and it’s resting on a strange planet. Add to that the hostility of one of the three trainees and we’re off to the races, so to speak.
Admiral or not, our hero has to take charge and there are a lot of questions to be answered while he keeps the others on course; he soon finds that the solution of one problem leads to one that’s even worse and the reader as well as these four space travelers are on a wild ride. Not least of the puzzles to be solved—just who is the Admiral?
The combination of mystery with the science fiction setting in unknown space makes for a rollicking good time and I have seldom been more entertained than by Admiral. Sean Danker has crafted a wonderful story and I can’t wait for the sequel I hope is coming.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, May 2016.