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Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite
By Right of Arms by J.T. Buckley is a sci-fi space adventure that begins when a young lieutenant discovers a tight beam broadcasting a radio signal from outside our solar system. Alien contact from Alpha Centauri. The admiral in charge of Operation Outreach contacts Earth's most decorated captain, Aaron Richardson, and assigns him to take command of the Intrepid, the first space ship with hyper drive capability, to investigate. The captain then embarks on a mission with a handpicked crew to rescue a planet of humanoids from space pirates. Afterward they discover pyramids and that the planet's ruler is half Terran. Queen Amalthia (Amy) and Aaron are immediately attracted to each other, but duty calls. Assuming the position of Primus, Richardson becomes the Chief Emissary and military leader of Earth's position in the new solar system.
Mr. Buckley does an outstanding job of moving this stellar inter-galactic adventure along as more worlds and governments become involved from both solar systems. When Amy was first introduced, I was reminded a little of a cross between Star Wars and Avatar because of her pale blue skin, as well as the armored marines. Throw in some soldiers with Jedi type skills, but that's where any similarities stop. J.T. creates interstellar romances amidst governments and more worlds, complete with an Emperor, villains, and traitors. After all of the preliminary background and plots were set, the pages began turning faster and faster with the various trials and tribulations of the many heroes in the story. No science fiction can be complete without paying attention to the details of space travel, navigation, and combat sequences. By Right of Arms delivers on all levels. Bravo!