Outer Diverse is the first book of the Splintered Universe Trilogy, set in and around the Milky Way Galaxy. The first book begins as Galactic Guardian Rhea Hawke intestigates the massacre of an entire religious sect, catapulting her into a treacherous storm of politics, conspiracy and self-discovery. Her quest for justice leads her into the heart of a universal struggle and toward an unbearable truth she’s hidden from herself since she murdered an innocent man.
“A master of metaphor, Munteanu turns an adventure story into a wonderland of alien rabbit holes… a fascinating and enthralling read.” (Craig Bowlsby, author of Commander’s Log)
"A rollicking science fiction plot with all the trappings…Hawke is a maverick in the wild west tradition…a genetic mystery with lethal powers.” (Lynda Williams, author of Okal Rel series)
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Splendid narration makes story come alive!
Like an action movie with depth and intrigue
Outer Diverse and its two sequels in the Splintered Universe are like a cross between Star Wars and Game of Thrones with a sprinkling of detective film noir ...
Dawn Harvey breathed incredible life into the lead character, Rhea Hawke--both sarcastic and vulnerable at the same time; a detective with a cynical edge, and sultry voice tinged with wiry sarcasm. The story unfolded through Rhea's narrative like an old film noir as she unraveled mysteries that led to the greatest one: her own.
Listening to Dawn Harvey's performance--she narrated some 30 different alien voices, including the sentient ship of Rhea's--gave each character an independent presence that had me listening with intense pleasure. There were places where I was very tense and others where I laughed and cried.
- Nina Munteanu