'A brilliantly plotted yarn of survival and far-future political intrigue' Guardian
***SHORTLISTED FOR THE PHILIP K. DICK AWARD***
The last thing Sanda remembers is her gunship exploding.
She expected to be recovered by salvage-medics and to awaken in friendly hands, patched-up and ready to rejoin the fight. Instead she wakes up 230 years later, on a deserted enemy starship called The Light of Berossus - or, as he prefers to call himself, 'Bero'.
Bero tells Sanda the war is lost. That the entire star system is dead.
But is that the full story? After all, in the vastness of space, anything is possible . . .
Dazzling space battles, deadly galactic politics and rogue AI collide in Velocity Weapon, an epic space opera from award-winning author Megan E. O'Keefe.
Praise for Velocity Weapon
'An entertaining SF thriller' SciFiNow
'Furious action sequences, funny dialogue, and a plot that will keep you guessing every step of the way' K. B. Wagers
'Velocity Weapon is fast-paced, twisty, edge-of-your-seat fun. Space opera fans are in for a massive treat!'
Marina J. Lostetter
In this twisty space opera set in the far future, Sgt. Sanda Greeve is granted a new lease on life after her survival pod is retrieved following a devastating battle between her homeworld and its hostile neighbors. However, there are complications: she's missing a leg, the ship that picked her up is an enemy smartship devoid of crew, and she's lost over two centuries in suspended animation, during which time both feuding worlds were destroyed. Now Sanda must adjust to life aboard the empty ship, which calls itself Bero, and figure out her next move. In a parallel story, set 200 years earlier, her brother, Biran, is convinced Sanda is still alive and engages in intrigue-laden politics in a desperate attempt to find her. When their paths impossibly cross once more, they realize a deadly conspiracy winds throughout their entire civilization. O'Keefe (Inherit the Flames) delivers a complicated, thoughtful tale that skillfully interweaves intrigue, action, and strong characterization. Themes of found family, emotional connection, and identity run throughout, backed up by strong worldbuilding and a tense narrative. This series opener leaves multiple plot threads open for further development, and readers will look forward to the next installments.
This is the first novel I have read from O’Keefe but will not be the last as I will be following this compelling story line through the rest of the series. Plot twists galore and just the right mix of humanity, AI and soul in her writing….with just a smidgeon of alien, so far.
The author lures you in with chapter based cliffhangers then she blindsides you with the REAL twists as the stories intertwine. One of my top 5 space opera’s of the year. The plot builds and never takes a step backwards, the characters have to prioritise what to deal with and what misdeeds must be overlooked for the time being. Great book, a must read.