(The Star Hunters #1)
by K.N Salustro
"Stand and Protect."
These are the words Star Federation soldiers live by as they work to uphold peace across the galaxy. Founded at the start of the Andromedan War, the Star Federation obliterated its opponents and now stands as the guardian of the galaxy. Its power has gone largely unchallenged in the wake of the war, and its officers now busy themselves with minor troubles. Once in a while, however, a powerful force surfaces and demands more attention, be it a drug lord, pirate crew, or a bounty hunter worthy of the Alpha Classification.
Following the assassination of one of the Star Federation's officers, Fleet Commander Lance Ashburn goes on the hunt for the Alpha Class bounty hunter known as the Shadow. One of the best officers the Star Federation has ever seen, Commander Ashburn comes closer than anyone ever has to eliminating the Shadow, but upon meeting her, he discovers that much larger and more dangerous enemies roam the stars. Enemies that even hunters fear.
Determined to do his duty as a Star Federation officer, Commander Ashburn fights for the galaxy, but the price of enduring peace may be one that the Shadow is not willing to pay.
Tethered to her own demons, bounty hunter Lissa aka the Shadow has seen the harsher side of the Star Federation, and her priorities do not include carrying out the agenda of a fleet commander. When her past catches up with her, however, Lissa must either surrender herself, or make a stand. Working with and against Commander Ashburn, Lissa could push the galaxy into war... or save it
Its wonderful once in awhile to get a book that isn’t weighed down with romance or those steamy scenes. Plus I’ve been wanting to read a good Sci-fi/ Space Opera.
Lissa is a genetically enhanced humanoid and bounty hunter. She is also on top of the Star Federation’s list of most wanted.
Lance Ashbury is one of the best in the Star Federation and is set on bringing Lissa ( The Shadow) in.
I loved the world building in this book! Different planets! The ships! not to mention the different character species(?) and the cool arkins (cat like creatures with wings, I kept getting He-Mans tiger stuck in my head when I pictured them). The author goes into wonderful detail and paints the world and its characters vividly.
The story was a wonderfully fast paced, page turning, action packed exciting chase through the stars. We have Lissa who is a pretty kick butt bounty hunter but she is doing it for a good reason. She is an unawakened NeoAndromedan and she would like to remain that way. But the Seventh Sun is hunting her down as well as the Star Federation. They want to try and make her into a blood thirsty soldier. Lance Ashbury a Commander in the Star Federation has to figure how to get Lissa and determine if she is indeed as big as a threat that the Star Fed’s think she is. Along with possibly trying to help stop the Seventh Sun.
I’m trying not to give anything away, so lets just say I thought this was a wonderful action pack space opera filled with one heck of a cliffhanger ending. I’m ready for the second book in this series!