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Sub-genres: Adventure, Soft Sci-Fi

Plants and animals were my thing. The intricacies of nature intrigued me and yet there was an elegant simplicity that I loved. 

6888 Ardra. Heavy gravity planet. Human-compatible atmosphere. Generally temperate climate; I’d aimed for the southern continent which had milder weather and a good mix of terrain.

“Damn Sonez anyway.” He’d tried to keep me on his ship instead of letting me explore the planet with a team after the probe returned. Well I’d stopped his plotting before he could ruin my life.

And I’d show everyone just what Essell Deray could do.

This is a Wednesday Briefers story so each chapter will be between 500 and 1000 words, but it will update every Wednesday. 

Copyright © 2020 Cia; All Rights Reserved.

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  • Action Packed 9
  • Addictive/Pacing 8
  • Characters 9
  • Chills 2
  • Cliffhanger 6
  • Compelling 5
  • Feel-Good 2
  • Humor 4
  • Smoldering 4
  • Tearjerker 3
  • Unique 8
  • World Building 8

  • Like 4
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Figure in an all metal suit staring out of a cave over a lake with a red-skinned alien beast on four legs and a long tail standing beside him.

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Ancalagon is another great tale by Cia. With the short chapters this is an easy to read book. Whether you like sci-fi or not this story is a fun, exciting read.  Essell is an exobiologist on his first real assignment.  A hostile ship captain causes him to escape to Ardra. He doesn't know how to fly the ship, but survives a crash landing.  He bonds with a local fauna he names Bouncer, faces a fearsome, unknown alien and has a near death experience.  That's when the fun begins.  Cia is an excellent author and this story like others she has written checks off all the boxes on the recommendations list. I love the story and give it my highest recommendation.


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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Cia has crafted another, what will no doubt be, a classic. Plentiful ≈1,000 word chapters create an intriguing and incredibly detailed world, and I ate every word for breakfast. 124 chapters seems daunting, but you will not stop reading once you start. 

Discovery and adapt are the first two words that come to mind as I write this review. This is what Essell Delray does as we focus on this scientist's journey as he is abducted while studying a new planet. Every detail captures the reader's attention, and I'll be revisiting Ardra and Ancalagon.

Also, Essell's captor, Garjah... complete hunky steamboat. 

Another also, Bouncer is the most adorable doggo. Change my mind. 

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