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Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite
The year is 3324, and Earth’s colony planets have been at war with an alien species they call the Hrum. Their enemies are unusual because they act like mindless attack berserkers, who know how to use advanced weapons, but do not understand basic tactics. The humans have sent messages to the Hrum but have never received a reply. A few space military personnel have noticed this odd behavior but decided to keep it a secret from the public. One of the officers involved in this cover-up, Jaxton Drake, comes from a family of military officers who have proven to be formidable and reliable players in the war against the Hrum. His sister, Natalie, continues to be a master tactician for her ship, and his brother, Ryan, is a fearless marine ready to fight for justice and face any opponent. Their father, Senior Admiral Drake, is an admired leader with powerful connections. Will they ever defeat their unpredictable enemy or discover why the Hrum act strangely? Grab a copy of Hrum by Austin Davis to enjoy this entertaining story.
Hrum is the first installment in The Drake Chronicles, and I loved everything about this book. Austin Davis uses mystery and adventure to intrigue readers and keep them engaged. The book has a smooth flow and does not contain boring technical jargon like other science fiction novels. The story is told from multiple points of view, giving the reader an overview of what is happening with different characters. The book has family drama, romance, military strategizing, and political tension, which are all plot lines that will keep you entertained. I loved the natural chemistry and casual camaraderie between the characters. The conversations, jokes, caring personalities, and details like the characters having nightmares about the war humanized them and made me relate to their problems. The book is a great introduction to this new series, and I hope to find out what happens next because I am hooked. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves science fiction. Great work.