Fiction - Science Fiction
413 Pages
Reviewed on 08/11/2021
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Author Biography

Tyler grew up in the Ohio village of Oak Harbor with three baby sisters, a military father and a supportive mother. At age 17, he wrangled his father into signing the early release form to join the Air Force, and his life has never been the same.

For Tyler, writing has always been there, and he completed five novels prior to the inception of Redshift. With a Master of Arts in Fiction Writing, his perspective on the craft has evolved since the halcyon days of many an abandoned tale.

Countless stories and characters have steered Tyler through the best and worst times of his life, and it is now his goal to convey such inspiration to the world. He lives with his lovely wife and 'Irish' twins (14 months apart!) in the Nevada desert, just beyond the shadow of the most secure - and obscure - military base in the world: Area 51.

We assure you, however, that Tyler most certainly exists.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Redshift is the first installment of Tyler E. C. Burnworth's military sci-fi series, By Blood Or By Star. After the destruction of his home planet, Milune, Abraham Zeeben develops a fierce hatred toward the Riskar, a seemingly invasive alien empire. Barely escaping with their lives, Abraham, his father, and his brother seek sanctuary in Veranda, where his father is content to live as a farmer. However, Abraham's thirst for vengeance compels him to enlist in the Human Marine Corps, joining his childhood friend Larry and his school bully Digger. Soon, Abraham finds himself falling for his commanding officer, Ensign Seneca. When news of an attack on Veranda reaches Abraham's ears, he finds himself further fueled by hatred of the Riskar. But things may not be as they seem.

Author Tyler E. C. Burnworth's sci-fi military saga is a banger of a novel. Suave political maneuvering, thrilling action, and entertaining banter amongst soldiers make Redshift a pulsating page-turner that you can't put down. With an intricate plot that moves briskly, Burnworth keeps the reader hooked on every page. The attention to detail in worldbuilding impressed me a lot as it helps the reader to immerse themselves further in the story. The characters are well-realized, with distinct personalities that make them thoroughly compelling to read. Abraham and Larry were my personal favorites, but I also enjoyed Abraham's dynamic with Digger. The action scenes are described vividly, which helps to picture them in the reader's mind. I would recommend Redshift to anyone who wants an epic sci-fi saga.

Ishmael A Soledad

A young boy survives the destruction of his home planet but loses his mother, ending up on a backwater planet with his father and older brother. Redshift is the fast-paced, military sci-fi tale of his drive for revenge, coming of age, and beginning of life in the Human Marine Corps.

Burnworth has crafted a fast-paced, tight novel that takes you deep into the life of a boy yearning for the military, his life as a new recruit, and the fog of war. A worthwhile addition to the genre, Redshift triggered thoughts of Starship Troopers, Heartbreak Ridge, Ender's Game, and even The Forever War in me as I read it.

A first of a planned trilogy, Redshift is recommended reading and, for readers of military sci-fi, a must read series.