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On Silver Wings is a fairly traditional space adventure story.  There are colonists on a far flung world, alien invaders, and a rescue attempt from Earth’s space fleet.

The problem, of course, is the aliens have some pretty impressive technology.  Impressive enough that they manage to destroy all but one of the special operations unit sent in to assess the situation before they reach the ground, despite being heavily stealthed.

Enter Sergeant Sorilla Aida, sole survivor, well equipped, well trained and willing to stop at almost nothing to protect the remaining colonists and chase the aliens off the planet.  She’s got battle armour and military rifles, she’s got local help to show her around, she’s even got some AI-augmented battle robots courtesy of the Solari Fleet Task Force.

What she doesn’t have is any aliens to fight.

Since the day the colony was all but obliterated and the colonists sent running to the jungle to hide, there have been no sightings of the aliens.  How do you fight an enemy you can’t find?

I enjoyed this book immensely.  Evan Currie started life as a (very very prolific) fanfiction author, and when he made the transition to original works I immediately added his work to my to read list.  I wasn’t disappointed.

The action is fast paced, the balance between the action on the ground and the maneuvers of the space fleet was well maintained.  The science was believable (though physics is not my strong suit, so I have no idea whether it was right or not).  The only thing that bothered me was that I didn’t really care about whether the military spacecraft lived or died, except in a roundabout way because of their impact on Sorilla and her band of plucky colonists.  I cared about them quite a lot.

All in all, a good read for those who enjoy adventure stories, space stories, or both.

The Author

Nicola Higgins is a 30-something martial artist who runs two Brownie packs and works full time. She somehow still finds time to write.

Her favourite genres are near-future and alternate world science fiction and fantasy.

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