The Journey of Tara
Tara Vanderpool, specialist in acquiring rare items usually of historic importance. Spy, cat burglar, or problem solver. She lives a pretty good life until she encounters the scruffy, independent and sour Dirk Bran, the Captain of the Marcel. Once their paths cross they begin a journey neither can come back from the same.
Review by: Kelli McCracken on Feb. 03, 2011 :
Journey of Tara is a Science Fiction lovers dream. In my opinion, it’s a Star Wars meets Star Trek meets Terminator type storyline, which is great because I’m a huge Star Wars and Terminator fan. It always amazes me when an author can create new worlds, species, and languages. Brian Hutchinson was able to do just that with this tale set way into the future.
Our journey begins with Tara Vanderpool, procurer for hire, as she sets off to deliver the object of her latest client’s demands. Along the way, she meets up with Dirk Bran, captain of the Marcel, the cargo ship hired to deliver Tara to the plant Terra, better known as Old Earth. Together, they make their way through galaxies, unusual species that hold a grudge with Dirk, and destroyer ships set up to prevent access to the plant Terra, all on their way to meet Tara’s sketchy client Boru. Though I could continue with the review, I do not want to give out too many details for those inclined to read this book.
All in all, I found this a great Science Fiction read. It reminded of how much I enjoy this genre and how easy it is to get caught up in the new worlds created by imaginative authors. I must say that Brian did a great job of catching my interest and holding it until the end of the story. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading books in the Sci-Fi genre.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
Review by: Mark Jacobs on Jan. 04, 2011 :
The Journey of Tara is a spiffy space romp set in a universe long after humankind’s first disastrous encounter with an alien race. Through no fault of either, humans are nearly wiped-out by a vicious, latent plague, and the embarrassed aliens are forced to intervene and scatter the remaining humans throughout the galaxy. And countless generations later, old abandoned Earth is just a memory. The Story of Tara begins with the exploits of sexy, sneak-thief Tara Vanderpool who teams up with Dirk Bran, the moody captain of the spaceship Marcel on a voyage back to old earth on a mission that neither was quite prepared to execute. But Captain Bran hides a deep secret, and Tara is swept unwillingly into his dark and somewhat sad existence, when she herself is involved in a horrible accident. I was pleasantly surprised by this little book. Hutchinson writes in a clear, wispy, and pleasing manner. Highly recommend for those looking for a light space opera.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: M. Pax on June 29, 2011 : star star star star star
Imaginative and enjoyable, Journey of Tara was a delightful read. The author surprized me with fun and the unexpected.
Review by: S.J. Wist on June 10, 2011 : star star star star
A spaceship awaits you on this getaway to Terra, formerly known as a peaceful world of united alien races and humans. That was until a virus brought by the aliens who reached out to them nearly made them extinct. If you are one of the ones who got left behind and survived, congratulations. You are now living on every smuggler’s dream. All for being forgotten–on Earth.
A fresh touch of imagination can be found here with some familiar marks of sci-fi, without the quantum mechanics capable of creating a brain meltdown (which some like myself are cool with too). This story has a Cowboy Bebop-like setting, also known as a Space Western. The “Final Frontier” is also one for you Trekkies. If you like either, or simply both, then you will like this story. Because however you choose to make a mess of our once-cozy humanity, and then spread it across the universe, you’re going to get a lot of lawlessness between all that free space.
There be fun, wit and characters for us grown ups in here, but young adults will enjoy this too. Especially if they are the type to dream of a computer that can think and work for them; also known in here as Mar. Forget Mac–I want Mar. This story kept me guessing to what happens next as well, which is a welcome override to my foresight circuits. Now struggle to stay alive through your promised “vacation” without a home calling card. Dealing with the androids will be the easier part.
Brian Hutchinson has a great touch of charm in his writing that glows in here through Tara and Dirk, as well as his other characters. If you’re looking for some soft science fiction, leave the chemistry textbook behind in the void and pick this up. If you never read any science or speculative fiction in your life, this is a pretty good starter book for you too. But do mind the androids. They wont share your enthusiasm for leftovers.