The Star Rim Empire Series

(Sci-fi space opera, space fantasy)

Famed archaeologist. Daring adventurer. Total imposter.

—Amazon Reviewer

QUANTUM DARK

Jannigan Beck is the exact spitting image of his father: Sean Beck, the most famous explorer in the galaxy. But ever since the elder Beck disappeared on a mission inside an alien wormhole, Jannigan has secretly been masquerading as his father, shaking hands, doing press junkets, and attending meetings.

But when a wealthy trade consortium plans an expedition back into the same mysterious wormhole where Jannigan’s father perished, they demand that Sean Beck personally lead the mission to recover an ancient alien artifact. And they are willing to pay handsomely for his presence.

Now, posing as his father, Jannigan Beck (a complete greenhorn) must command a crew that doesn’t respect him on a perilous mission to the uncharted edge of the galaxy. There he will face alien megafauna, hostile competitors, and a mysterious force with the power to destroy worlds.

THE WELL OF FOREVER

Man-about-town Jannigan Beck had no business leading an archaeological expedition through an alien wormhole. After all, he’d always been more at home in an exclusive pleasure emporium than on the bridge of a Barnes LV-900 Lamprey-class scout.

But when Jannigan agreed to lead the ill-fated mission through the Fountain, everything in his life changed.

Now, with the wormhole closed and half his crew gone, Jannigan finds himself hunted by the ruthlessly fanatical Mayir who are hell-bent on recovering an ancient alien artifact with the power to destroy worlds.

THE CRIMSON PERIL

The remote frontier moon of Safadin is filled with dense jungles, ancient alien structures, fantastic creatures, and a deadly secret. Not the best place to for Jannigan Beck to crash land. Especially since the moon is now under the control of the tyrannical Mayir.

But Jannigan is just relieved to have escaped from the wormhole known as the Fountain.

Little does he know that his troubles are just beginning…

Joined by the brilliant, but impulsive biologist Kira Lark and a plucky utility bot named TenSix, Jannigan plunges head-on into Saladin’s mysteries, including a secret lab where the Mayir are performing unspeakable experiments…

  • Doug Williamson
    Doug Williamson
    2021-06-25
    Amazon

    Our hero has been pretending to be something he is not (capable, adventurous, likeable, etc) but when this inevitably catches up with him, he has a chance to prove there is more to him than meets the eye. This is book one of the series, so a good place to start. This is a science fiction adventure book in the classic sense with alien races, far flung mysteries and lots of space. The story is well written with a vast setting that is both intriguing and mysterious. There is a lot we don't know in this first book and only some of it is revealed here. The characters make a diverse cast and are generally rather intriguing. Our hero does not make a great first impression, but he at least shows signs of growth by the end of the story. The plot is the best part as it contains plenty of action, mystery and intrigue which definitely keeps things interesting. The book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, but I did not find that to be a problem. Just something to be aware of. Overall, a highly enjoyable start and I look forward to seeing where it goes next. Highly recommended. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout for review purposes.

  • Wander
    Wander
    2021-06-12
    Amazon

    I LOVED this book! The characters were interesting and the story was good. Although it did start out a little slow, once it got going, it had all kinds of things happening. There were twists and turns I did not expect. I look forward to reading the next story in this series. If you like exploratory space science fiction with dastardly aliens, then I believe that you will enjoy this book. I know I did. It was a good book and I recommend it.

  • RedHawksFF
    RedHawksFF
    2021-06-13
    Amazon

    I received a free copy of this book for review. The characters of the book are well built from the beginning. The story moves at a quick pace to keep you in the moment. I wanted to continue to read the story even when I had to stop to do things. It’s a fast read and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

  • Dr Susan
    Dr Susan
    2021-05-26
    Amazon

    None of my classic sci fi books start like Quantum Dark, but that's ok, because the book is well-written with excellent world building, likeable characters (fine, I wasn't sure I liked Jannigan at first), and an absolutely riveting story. I'm extremely glad book 2 has already been released.

  • Angie Hardy
    Angie Hardy
    2021-06-09
    Amazon

    It was a good book. I liked it a lot. Very enjoyable I loved the characters. I was given an arc and I choose to give an honest review.

  • C. Meyer
    C. Meyer
    2021-06-08
    Amazon

    After some hiccups starting the book, I've ended up being hooked and not putting it down. The story is engaging and has interesting twists, and will surprise you. Recommended I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  • Tink
    Tink
    2021-05-25
    Amazon

    Classic Sci Fi fan? Then... You. Must. Read. This! It has everything the Sci Fi books of childhood had and more. Action, adventure, intrigue, excellent storytelling, and skillful writing. It even has a 70s updated pulp cover. Read it now. You'll love it!

  • Grady Murray
    Grady Murray
    2021-05-25
    Amazon

    Good story with great characters full of action and twists. This is a great read.

  • Clara
    Clara
    2021-06-06
    Amazon

    This was a very enjoyable book! We are first introduced to the main protagonist in a way that makes you think he is nothing more than an entitled frat boy in space who had a famous dad. But it quickly changes when we learn that his dad had died years earlier after a dangerous mission and he has had to pretend to be his dad to keep the family business afloat. After getting hired to do a mission that will save the company once and for all, we get to learn more about what had happened years prior and see our hero grow up. I liked the story, premise and even the characters a lot! The premise of long dead space pirates hoarding treasure that everyone wants to find, and aliens that control the only bridge to get there was really neat. I would recommend it as it is a fun read and very fast paced!

  • Rob H
    Rob H
    2021-06-12
    Amazon

    If you're looking for an uncomplicated, enjoyable bit of escapist read set in the far-future (with completely contemporary characters) and seamlessly traveling around in space, this novel fits the bill. The characters are relatively simple and familiar; they would fit in seamlessly if the time period was 2002. As indicated in the books blurb, the protagonist is a young man with Daddy issues, completely spoiled by living a life of leisure on his own, yet able to function like a commando when the situation dictates. Death and killing occur, but the response is more matter-of-fact than traumatic; we like the characters and find them somewhat interesting, but certainly aren't going to mourn their untimely demise. Most of the "science" is futuristic-fantastic, with no "hard science" to get in the way of the movement of the story. The key to enjoying this book is to just let go; enjoy it for what it is, and don't concern yourself with what it isn't. "Light, summer reading" material, nothing to an extreme. The novel is the first in a 3-book series. It does not end in a cliff-hanger, thank goodness, but the story will clearly continue (and you'll need to get the next book, accordingly). If you are still reading at the end of the book, then you will likely have enjoyed the journey, and will be interested enough to go ahead and pick up the next one. Take it for what it is: an enjoyable diversion for awhile. I did receive an ARC of this book. That affected neither my opinion nor my voluntary review.

  • Karl Hakimian
    Karl Hakimian
    2021-06-04
    Amazon

    An enjoyable story in the classic style. Plenty of action. Lots of twists and turns (though if you are familiar with the classic genre, not much to actually surprise you). They characters were fun, but could have been a bit more developed. It lost a star for being a total cliff hanger. I don't mind a continuing story, but I really want the book I'm reading to finish the current plot. (less)

  • Maureen H
    Maureen H
    2021-06-12
    Amazon

    I really, really loved this book until the CLIFFHANGER. It's a very exciting story with lots of depth and really great characters. It is well written and the main character is fleshed out nicely. We get a lot of his feelings and motivations. Since it's written in the first person, we don't get much of any other character's motivations beyond what they specifically say to Jannigan, but that's as it should be. There are a couple of really great twists in here that make the story fantastic, but that cliffhanger ruined the whole experience for me. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  • kyle b
    kyle b
    2021-06-13
    Amazon

    This book was a slow start for me. I made a point of checking the moment things picked up and I thought ‘yeah, I’ll enjoy the adventure now’ and it wasn’t until 44% through. Way too much time was spent on the build-up and introduce characters and species etc. The world-building just didn’t need to be as focused as it was, as it didn’t actually matter all that much as the story progressed. I would have loved more action more quickly and to have things explained as we went. The characters are stereotypical Sci-Fi spaceship crew - sarcastic, gruff, full of banter - and they were interchangeable with any other space book I’ve read. I felt a bit of sympathy for the hero, as he got a pretty raw deal, pointed out to us over and over throughout the story. He has potential to be a decent hero in the sequels, so I would read them. The last 30% of the book were fast-paced and engaging, and I really was interested in the story and the outcome of the mission. Unfortunately, right as we reached what seemed like it would be the climax, the book abruptly ends with “THE END” and i nearly screamed in frustration. Guess I’ll have to buy the sequel to find out what happened.