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ULR Feature: Diver Creed Station by Oliver Phipps

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Wars, disease and a massive collapse of civilization have ravaged the human race of a hundred years in the future. Finally in the late twenty- second century, mankind slowly begins to struggle back from the edge of extinction. divercreednew

When a huge “virtual life” facility is restored from a hibernation type of storage and slowly brought back online, a new hope materializes.

Fragments of humanity begin to move into the remnants of Denver and the Virtua-Gauge facilities, which offer seven days of virtual leisure for seven days work in this new and growing social structure.

Most inhabitants of this new lifestyle begin to hate the real world and work for the seven day period inside the virtual pods. It’s the variety of luxury role play inside the virtual zone that supply’s the incentive needed to work hard for seven days in the real world.

In this new social structure a man can work for seven days in a food dispersal unit and earn seven days as a twenty first century software billionaire in the virtual zone. As time goes by and more of the virtual pods are brought back online life appears to be getting better.

Rizette and her husband Oray are young technicians that settle into their still new marriage as the virtual facilities expand and thrive.

Oray has recently attained the level of a Class A Diver and enjoys his job. The Divers are skilled technicians that perform critical repairs to the complex system, from inside the virtual zone.

His title of Diver originates from often working in the secure “lower levels” of the system. These lower level areas are the dividing space between the real world and the world of the virtual zone. When the facility was built, the original designers of the virtual system intentionally placed this buffer zone in the programs to avoid threats from non-living virtual personnel.

As Oray becomes more experienced in his elite technical position as a Diver, he is approached by his virtual assistant and forced to make a difficult decision. Oray’s decision triggers events that soon pull him and his wife Rizette into a deadly quest for survival.

The stage becomes a massive and complex maze of virtual world sequences as escape or entrapment hang on precious threads of information.

System ghosts from the distant past intermingle with mysterious factions that have thrown Oray and Rizette into a cyberspace trap with little hope for survival.

 Book Review

” Oliver Phipps has done it again with this suspenseful, enticing Science Fiction novel. I’ve spent a good deal of time reading books from this genre over the past few months, but nothing has kept me as hooked as Phipps’ ‘Diver Creed Station’.

The story itself is unique, clear, and well-written, unlike any other dystopian society story I’ve read. It has a descriptive storyline, opening with a brief yet detailed overview at the deterioration and redevelopment of the earth. We’re then introduced to the main characters, protagonists, and married couple Oray and Rizette, who are our guides through the story of the futuristic new world.

Though this book is set centuries into the future, it feels very realistic due to the emphasis on each event, and the actions and emotions drawn out by the main characters. You’ll feel like you’re a part of the story, whether you’re in the real world or the virtual world, which is what makes it such a page-turner.

Phipps does an excellent job at the creative and imaginative portrayal of a world barely clinging to civilization. The story swiftly moves between the strong plots and elaborate settings, keeping it diverse and pulling the reader in with every word. While the book is primarily Science Fiction, offers humor, suspense, and has something for everyone.

Whether you’re a sci-fi lover, or you’ve never dabbled in the genre, you won’t regret taking a chance on ‘Diver Creed Station’. It’s persistent in suspense with an impressive buildup of tension. You’ll definitely have a hard time putting this one down, and you may find yourself wanting more even when the book is over.” – Kayla, Amazon Review

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Oliver served as a Paratrooper in the United States Army and studied at MSC. In the late 1980s through mid 90s Oliver persued his love of music. He enjoyed traveling, playing percussion and writing lyrics for popular bands. During this time Oliver also began writing short stories and articles.

After playing for thousands through the fall and winter of 1996 Oliver’s band abruptly disbanded. In early spring of 1997 Oliver, along with a good friend and guitarist got together with the intention to form a new group. But rather than form a new band the two put together an expedition plan for traveling to Northern Canada and Alaska in order to prospect for gold.

Leaving in April of 1997 Oliver and company traveled up the historic AL-CAN highway. After exploring the Yukon and Northwest territories of Canada as well as the Arctic Circle the team traveled over the Top of the World highway to Alaska.

1999-2000 Oliver traveled through Asia, visiting Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan among other countries.

In 2004 Oliver published his first book and continues to write books, articles and short stories. Currently Oliver and family reside happily in the U.S.

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Available also at www.oliverphipps.com

ULR Feature: Henry Gallant and the Warrior

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In the 22th Century, the people of the Solar System have banded together against an alien invasion. Unfortunately, they’re losing.

henryAs the only Natural remaining in the genetically engineered officer corps of the United Planet’s fleet, Henry Gallant has unique mental abilities that have proven essential to the defense against the Titan invaders. Nevertheless his fellow officers lack faith in him, and worse, he has angered prominent men by speaking truth to power.

Despite this, Admiral Collingsworth has given him command of the Warrior, the most advanced stealth warship in the UP arsenal and ordered him to the alien’s main base to spy, intrigue, and disrupt their war capacity.

Gallant’s mission leads to risky battles and painful choices, but no choice is more personal, or intimate, than the choice to face your own death. And for Henry Gallant—a flawed young man, in a hopeless situation, against overwhelming odds—a dreadful decision looms before him.

He has only one saving grace—he is unafraid.

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Book Review

There is a special spot in my heart for Science Fiction novels, a spot that H. Peter Alesso’s “Lieutenant Henry Gallant” has found. The second in the `Gallant’ series, this addition is worthy follow-up to the first offering.

In the 22nd Century, life is different – enhanced and genetically perfected though science. Henry Gallant, now a Lieutenant for the United Planets’, is one of the few remaining, non-genetically engineered human beings, and the only officer left serving in the fleet. Being born poor and then being left an orphan, precluded the advantages of genetic tampering to be bestowed upon him. Instead, due to the lack of GE and his incredible survival instinct, Henry has emerged with unique mental abilities. His brain and his drive saw him through the journeys on the battle ship Repulse, finally landing him as the Engineer aboard the Intrepid, a FTL (Faster-Than-Light) prototype. On its maiden voyage to the Tau Ceti system, they encounter a seemingly Earth-like planet with the map designation of Tau-Beta. A planet drenched with 93% of its surface covered with water, and only small islands it boasts something even more important – life.

The discovery ends up being anything but joyous. Finding a lost human colony and a war they thought they had left behind, an adventure swirls around them, stealing lives, revealing secrets and pitting Henry’s impressive mental abilities against an ancient Artificial Intelligence he can’t hope to win against.
With non-stop action and full character development, this is 5 star read for any fan of Sci-Fi.

About the Author

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As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of seven books. (Website http://www.hpeteralesso.com)

He’s grateful to those who have posted favorable reviews of his work. He encourages those who would like to receive email notification of future books to click the Follow button on the Author’s page.

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