As a new era dawns for humanity, finally breaking the bonds that left us tied to the Solar System, this giant leap is to be marred by greed and erupting violence. The new frontier, ripe for colonization and opportunity, is filled with the honest and ruthless alike. Two rival corporations have all but supplanted nation-states, keeping governments around only as a necessaryAs a new era dawns for humanity, finally breaking the bonds that left us tied to the Solar System, this giant leap is to be marred by greed and erupting violence. The new frontier, ripe for colonization and opportunity, is filled with the honest and ruthless alike. Two rival corporations have all but supplanted nation-states, keeping governments around only as a necessary fiction to pacify populations, as the realm of business now reaches into politics, military, religion, and all other aspects of human life. The frontier regions of space, barely able to keep from slipping into total anarchy, are filled with new homesteaders, miners, merchants, bandits, and scientific minds. When one company gains the edge and is the first to crack an engine to bring the Alcubierre formula into reality, and thus travel faster than the speed of light, the rivalry between the two multi-national conglomerates is taken to a dangerous new and martial level. The battle for profits in the market place is now being waged by armies and fleets in space. The Argos, adrift and crippled far from home, is the only hope for its remaining crew. These survivors of a mysterious attack struggle to hold their ship together and come to the rescue of homesteaders and compatriots relying on them. Contrasting with the dubious motivations of those in power, the crew of the Argos are people who crave adventure and are above the miasma of greed that sends them their orders. As the great battle breaks out at the moment that should have been humanity's greatest triumph, the gallant and the selfish alike are forced to face the best and worst of human civilization far from home and decide what they truly believe in....
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New Frontier Reviews
(Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)Science fiction gives a reader the fascinating opportunity of dealing not only with scientific and technological advances, but also with the timeless existential dilemmas faced by the human race -- extrapolated into a possible future.Jeremy Lee's latest novel, New Frontier, is an excellent example of this. The ever-present themes of greed, violence, the lure of adventure, the relentless human need to create new technological breakthroughs, the coming-of-age passage into adulthood, the power of money to buy nearly everything, the boredom felt by those who live a dissolute life -- all these are dealt with in this novel, which is written in a prose style that often sweeps the reader along in its effortless flow. The opening sentences of the first chapter are flawless in their scope and brilliance: "Space is a silent and vastly dead expanse, yet filled with marvels of life, twists of physics, furnaces of unimaginable fire, and wastelands of matter-shattering cold. There is no greater ocean for humanity to sail, no more perilous journey, and none more yearned for by generation upon generation. Tentative steps into the endless frontier inevitably are loosened into giant leaps, but adventure brings with it failures as often as glory." These words aptly express the feelings of those who are pulled by the lure of the unknown, risky as it might be to pursue. They were also written by a master prose stylist.Lee's characters are embodiments of the themes he portrays in this book, and they are appropriately drawn from several different nationalities and ethnic groups. There's Davi Cardoso, the nearly incorrigible Brazilian playboy. There's Suresh Singh, the gentle, boyish scientist from India. Cameron Eyre, the idealistic Australian, is totally dedicated to his duty. Most of all, however, this novel is remarkable for its very strong, very memorable female characters. There's Shannon Drake, from England, who turns her back on love because of the allure of space travel. There's Wangari, the timid Kenyan mechanic-cum-spaceship engineer. "Danny" Morgan, an American, whose real first name is Danielle, gets away with making her own rules as she goes along. And then there's Rimiko Mamiya, the brilliant, as well as arrogant, Japanese surgeon.All of the characters mentioned above are on the side of good, and are realistically depicted, with a mixture of strengths and weaknesses. The evil characters, in contrast, are more one-dimensional, more stereotyped. It's obvious that Lee feels no sympathy for them -- they are all depicted as self-serving, uncaring of the suffering they might cause to millions, since it's their ruthless ambition for power and profits that dominates their existence.The book's main storyline is the launching of the very first spaceship that can reach speeds faster than the speed of light. This is due to the invention of what Lee calls "the Alcubierre Drive". There are other mechanisms aboard the Argos that hint at very advanced technology, such as the "anti-matter reactor", "matrix and positron conduits", and "the FTL drive". As I read, I was at times reminded of my favorite TV series -- "Star Trek" (the original version). The situations that the crew of the Argos had to deal with also reminded me of the series. However, Lee has created his own original SF universe here. The time period is never mentioned, or even alluded to. From the technology involved, it might be about 100 to 200 years in the future. The novel's structure is a highly unusual one; Lee tells his story through a series of flashbacks, going back and forth between present time and the past. These flashbacks serve the purpose of giving the reader more information and insights into the events and characters of the novel, although I found them hard to get used to, at first. As I went further into the book, though, I could see that they did indeed serve a useful purpose. For instance, Chapter One is titled, simply, "Now", and opens on the aftermath of the explosion that has crippled the Argos. Chapter Two is titled "Three Years Earlier", introducing one of the novel's villains, the coldly brutal assassin, Grover Grisham. Chapter Three is titled "Fifteen Years Earlier", and introduces another of the characters on the side of good -- the Mexican, Hector de Anza, one of the crew members of the Argos.The rest of the novel is structured in this way. This type of thing is reminiscent of techniques long used in film and television, which have been influencing the writing of fiction for many years now. Mr. Lee certainly has made very effective use of them.There were a couple of things I thought were drawbacks, although, as a whole, I did like the novel. One of these has to do with the matter of a reader's all-important suspension of disbelief. There's an incident early in the book, which involves some of the characters breaking into the Louvre Museum. As part of their escapade, one of them defaces a painting -- Delacroix's "Death of Sardanapalus" -- with a pen, and later actually manages to topple the sculpture, "Winged Victory of Samothrace", from its high pedestal. It falls to the floor and shatters into many pieces.I realize that the author was trying to make the reader feel rage and contempt for the perpetrator of these crimes. However, The Louvre Museum is one of the most important museums in the world. Surely such an important institution would have the most stringent security measures, especially in a future as technologically advanced as the one presented in this novel.As for the toppling of the "Winged Victory of Samothrace", I don't see how one person, without the aid of any special equipment, could possibly move such a large statue, and one made of marble, at that. (You can Google the article "A Closer Look at the Winged Victory of Samothrace".)Another aspect of the book that I'm not totally comfortable with is the author's portrayal of the hypocritical pastor, Reverend Higgle. This character is, at best, a cardboard figure, a totally stereotypical fundamentalist Christian preacher. Lee does portray a very positive Christian character -- Hector de Anza, so I would not say that he has an anti-Christian bias; instead, he seems to be satirizing televangelists, in particular. Still, I really think his implied criticism of all fundamentalist preachers is a sweeping generalization.In spite of the above objections, I can honestly say that I have greatly enjoyed reading this novel! It's an ambitiously grand one, a tale of humanity's ultimate adventure, in the midst of a greedy, international war for profits, undertaken without regard to the cost in human lives. Its characters, both good and bad, prove that human nature is basically the same, in spite of great strides made in technology and science. In the final analysis, it's still the clash of ideologies that drives the course of human history. In this novel, the great evil is what Lee himself terms "capitalist anarchy". I totally agree with him on this. In fact, I firmly believe that any extreme -- whether of the left or the right -- can really hurt any society based on democratic principles. Capitalism, when it runs amok, can be just as destructive of human hopes and aspirations as communism, and this is just as true in Lee's future society.This novel raises some very thought-provoking questions, as great science fiction should, since this genre has always been primarily a literature of ideas. New Frontier is an excellent example of this tradition, and I recommend it to those avid SF fans who like such masters of the genre as Heinlein and Asimov!
An unexpected attack on The Argos has rendered it useless for the time being. Most of its crew are either missing or dead. Getting the ship back to where it needs to be is going to be trying. Granted, the ship itself has utilized its defense system to overcome the attack. Without an able-bodied crew, however, it'll make things that much harder.Several survivors are intent on putting The Argos back together in the hopes that they'll be able to overcome what's happened to them. They know doing so won't be easy. Most especially since whoever orchestrated the attack is still at large. Each of the remaining crew members know they'll need to work together if they're to succeed in fulfilling the task at hand. Their country and those on the planet are counting on them, and they aim to make things happen, no matter what.As greed and corruption continue to surface around them, the crew soon realizes just how precarious their situation is. Someone aims to make The Argos their own, and they'll do so by any means necessary. She's faster than the speed of light, after all, and her technology is coveted by many.Determined to band together in hopes of surviving what's yet to come their way, the crew soon sees just how much things have changed. There's a vast horizon out there, unexplored and hidden from people's view. If they're to succeed in making things happen, they'll need to regroup and trust one another as they strive to put the ship together, once and for all, to ultimately fulfill their goal. The question is, can they do so without suffering another attack in the process?This was definitely an intriguing story. The story is very thought-provoking, and definitely deserves a read. I just found it difficult, at times, to really get into the story. The reason being is there were too many fluctuating point-of-views. A chapter would start with one person, and quickly swap to someone else several paragraphs down to then swap to another person thereafter.Overall, New Frontier is nicely written, and it does pique the reader's interest. The author has built a very complex world that clearly shows throughout the book. This is a story any science-fiction aficionado would enjoy. At least, I think so. It's definitely a good read.
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...I received a copy of New Frontier in exchange for my review.The Argos ship is the first ship to leave the solar system using faster than light speed technology. The crew is made up of the best that the Alliance could come up with, ranging from natural engineers and career obsessed doctors to Danny, a girl that ran away from home and lived in the wilderness for years. At the head of the ship is aging playboy Davi, who is treated with some disdain by many of the members of the crew. New Frontier tells the story of how each of the crew members got where they are, and how they survived the attack on their ship.New Frontier wasn't quite like anything that I have ever read. Basically instead of telling a linear story about the characters, this book skips about a bit more. Once I got used to the format (pretty much now, then, now, then) the book actually flowed really well, and some of the characters began to make more sense because of it.At first I thought that that may be a barrier to getting to know the characters, because not all of them were around all the time, but to the contrary I found that it worked. By the end of the book several of the characters, particularly Davi, Danny and Cameron, seemed to have really grown and changed. Though I did like Danny as soon as we met her as a character, I wasn't so keen on the other two.There was also a lot of action in the book. Not so much in the past scenes, but in the present there was a lot of emphasis on how the two Argos teams were surviving the potentially deadly situations they ended up in. This really kept the pages turning I found!The past scenes had a lot of politics in them, which I couldn't help but enjoy reading, particularly about the idea that the world could get taken over by a corporation that replaces countries. The whole concept was both fascinating and well written.
It’s an exciting time in the book world. It’s also an exciting time in my world, which is why I’m about to bring you both a stellar book review, and a stellar story.I’m also currently working on wrapping up the book review for Kelly Miller’s Deadly Fantasies – and I hope you’ll take a look at that one too. I had a great weekend reading and writing. We had some bad news, some good news, and through it all, my books saved the day.New Frontier was definitely one of those ‘save me’ books.Sometimes, I read sci-fi to learn about new worlds, and to be utterly encapsulated by the fictional (yet somehow plausible) future.Points to ponder before entering a New FrontierThe names are really quite amusing, for starters, the ship The Argos, had me imagining football teams battling in space. (It’s also the name of a Canadian Football team in Toronto.)Do you like imaginary Star Trek/Star Wars esque worlds? If so, dive in, I mean read this book, and . . . Make it So?!Do you love detail? This has it in my opinion. I loved the struggles between people, and the ‘wild-west’ feel of the book.I’d give this book, hands down 5/5 stars. I don’t often give books a 5/5, many of the books I read seem to hover between a 3.5 and 4.5, but a book really has to be spectacular to warrent 5/5 stars in my opinion.So why this book? New Frontier develops a world that has enough basis in reality to be believable. It has great character development, and as an adult reader, I was worried about reading ‘another YA Sci-fi/dystopic’ book, but very much pleased with what I believe to be a great work of fiction for adults.The quality of writing is astounding, and the topics discussed drive deeper than just a narrative, and evoked thoughts and conversations about society today, and how one decision can sometimes change the future in an extreme way.
When it comes to science fiction we don’t really know what to expect. It’s part of what draws us into the genre and this book is one of the best I’ve read. Each character is well developed and gives the story depth. Each of their back stories are told in their own chapters set as little a day to years before the current timeline. It reminded me of Tom Clancy and how he could weave handfuls of characters together and give them all an important role in the story. It also happens to be one of the drawbacks for me.Due to the constant flashbacks for each character, it was difficult to find a rhythm when reading and I felt like I needed a scorecard to keep track of them all. The thing is, it’s the only way the author would’ve been able to tell his story without having a separate book with their flashbacks. There isn’t a typical main character, but the underlying theme of the story is the redemption of Davi Cardoso, a billionaire playboy and son of a founding member of the Alliance. We’re taken from his teenage exploits to his opportunity to become a part of history. While not uncommon in science fiction, there are other subplots throughout the novel that give the story a strong emotional pull to each of them.All in all, I enjoyed the book and recommend it to any science fiction fan.
enjoyed reading the New Frontier by Jeremy Lee. I really have to say, there is nothing like holding a softcover book in your hand. The quote taken from John F Kennedy embodies the spirit of the novel. In many ways, the turbulence of the 1960's is quite similar to the hectic nature of the new era of space travel and corporations holding power over the world. At first, it was a little bit choppy because the timeline went back and forth. However, once you got into the groove of the writing it was quite interesting. The characters were an interesting mix of backgrounds, both political and racial ( at least cultural). This added another deep, dark dynamic to the novel. Some the characters were harder to get into into, but there is a huge character list. So, that makes it more likely there will be a character who you disagree with. I liked the ending. I thought it tied the book together rather well. I liked this take on science fiction as corportations are taking over the world. You can see this now since corporations are everywhere. So it is not such a far stretch to imagine such a place.
Space is the new frontier - the new frontier of an age-old battle between the Alliance and the International Trading Company. The Argos is crippled, leaving its crew stranded in the middle of space, with an exploratory team stuck on an unknown planet. Was it an accident or was it industrial espionage?New Frontier started off rather slowly and I almost wanted to stop, but it grew more interesting as more characters and their backgrounds were revealed.I do think I would have liked it better if it were in a more linear sequence. It makes sense how it's written, that every time a new character or new motives are revealed, there's a time jump into the past to see the background of this new development, but after a while it got a little tiring to keep track of the jumps. Even so, New Frontier is an interesting read.I received a copy of New Frontier in exchange for my review.