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Fifty years ago, Mira, humanity's last hope to find new resources, exited the solar system bound for Proxima Centauri B. Seven years into her mission, all transmissions ceased without warning. Mira and her crew were presumed lost. Humanity, unified during her construction, splintered into insurgency and rebellion.
Now, an outpost orbiting Pluto has detected a distress call from an unpowered object entering Sol space: Mira has returned. When all attempts at communications fail, a search and rescue vessel is dispatched from Trident Station to intercept, investigate, and tow the beleaguered Mira to Neptune.
As the marines prepare for the journey, uncertainty and conspiracy fomented by Trident Station's governing AIs, begin to take their toll. Upon reaching Mira, they discover they've been sent on a mission that will almost certainly end in catastrophe.
The Derelict saga is a suspenseful mashup of hard military sci-fi, space opera, and mystery.
Some mysteries shouldn't be solved.
©2017 Paul E Cooley (P)2017 Paul E Cooley
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5 out of 5 stars
By DLWJ on 05-18-17

Aliens meets Event Horizon



I'll start with the negative. If you don't like cliffhangers and absolutely must know what happens, this may not be the book for you(Or at least until the entire saga is available of course).

I found that the story read and generated the same atmosphere and feeling as Event Horizon. That is to say it is a Sci-Fi romp that gives enough interesting science and theory to established a believable world on the surface, with cool technology and history. Don't dig too deep(in science) or you'll encounter the horror/fantasy underbelly(which is not a bad thing in my opinion). This IS NOT hard Sci-Fi, don't unfairly rate it for not being something it isn't aiming for.

Characterization is superb. He accomplished what few do and gives you a world with character. Sure it's cold and unforgiving, even plotting against you, but you feel the danger waiting in the dark.

In short, don't come here for a WH40K space marine world. Instead explore the darkness of space in a cruel world to find a dead ship.

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5 out of 5 stars
By John Kilgallon on 02-24-17

Tension Builds Steadily... Mira Approaches

STORY: I was impressed with Paul E. Cooley's venture into deep space with this first book in the Derelict series. A massive exo-solar exploration ship, missing for forty-three years, returns as an out of control derelict. The Sol Federation Marines of S&R Black are thrown into the breach to recover everything they can with very little preparation. A handful of marines to stop the largest ship ever built, complacent from constant training and boredom at Neptune station, they must quickly gel as a team to confront the unknown.

Arriving at the derelict, the recovery will not be as simple as their orders implied. Artificial Intelligence systems are used in station and shipboard to "assist" with the recovery. Or?

NARRATION: Mr. Cooley narrates his own book as comfortably as if I were reading it myself. He knows how expressive he wants each character to be. His voice range provides a distinction between each character that is pleasing to the ear.

Will be looking out for book 2!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 02-28-17

Good solid sci-fi. Well read and well written.

Writes sci-fi like a man born to the task. I enjoyed his first two novels immensely....I enjoyed this even more. Good story, good characters, great sense of unnameable horror. The second novel in this series? I look forward to it with relish. Kudos.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Michael Harris on 08-18-18

Proper Sci-fi

Great atmosphere is established with the black of space and the unknown. once it gets going, it does A good job of communicating the marines mindset and frightening reality of what would be deep space travel, loneliness and the slowly creeping menace of the Mira. I am getting the second one now.

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