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Retaliation (The Oceanstone Initiative Book 2) by @haley_cavanagh #scifi #spaceopera #bookreview

Title: Retaliation (The Oceanstone Initiative Book 2)

Author: Haley Cavanagh

Genre: Science Fiction, Science Fiction Romance, Space Opera

Book Blurb:

One doctor, one alien lover, one botanist, and one engineer on a desperate mission to save earth from human destruction.

Sakota saved Astraeus and her friends from certain death, but in doing so, she gained the attention of the Oreck, who will stop at nothing to destroy everything in their path.

With their ship severely damaged, Sakota and her crew land on a nearby planet and seek sanctuary while they make repairs to return home. But nothing on this perfect planet is as it appears, and Sakota soon learns they've traded one danger for another.

Hunted and targeted, will Sakota be able to carry out her mission, or will everyone she cares about be destroyed?

My Review:

After a brutal attack by the Oreck, Sakota and her crew land their damaged ship on a planet seeking sanctuary in order to repair the ship before heading home. The planet appears to be an oasis but like any other utopian society, there is unseen danger lurking in corners. As Sakota and Astraeus navigate from one obstacle to another, they realize they’ve walked into a trap. Will they be able to fix the ship and escape with their lives or is this the end for The Oceanstone Initiative?

I love science fiction romance because it blends together two of my favorite genres, science fiction and romance. Retaliation is a well-done sequel and one I thoroughly enjoyed. While heavy on sci fi, the plot shines through as does the love between Sakota and Astraeus. Action, intrigue and quirky characters had me whipping through the pages. It’s so refreshing to read a female lead who’s intelligent, strong and caring. The underlying themes will resonate with readers and speaks of issues plaguing our society today. The ending satisfied me, and I can’t wait to see what adventures lies ahead for Saroka. If I could make one recommendation, ease up a little on the science fiction vernacular. Too many details can pull the reader out of the story.

Fans of science fiction and space opera will love this one!

My Rating: 4.5 stars

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Author Biography:

Haley Cavanagh is a military veteran, wife, and mother. She is an alumna of Columbia College, a musical theater nut, and she loves to dive into any book that crosses her path. Haley resides with her family in the United States and enjoys spending time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. She loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

1 Comment

Barbara Bettis
Feb 18, 2020

Sounds fascinating--best of luck with the book, Haley.

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