~Review by ~Simone~
Zenith(The Interscission Project #1)by Arshad Ahsanuddin
This was friggin awesome!!!
Welcome to the world of spaceships, wormholes, gravity shields, and time travel…
… but also to a bittersweet love story…Well, technically there are two, but that is something I will come back to later.
This story is hard to beat for complexity. I always thought I had a vivid imagination, but hell no… This is what I call a vivid imagination!
The story is so believable and brilliantly written, and with all the twists and turns in it, it kept my eyes glued to my Kindle and I just wanted to inhale the book.
Well, I won’t even pretend that I understood all the technical stuff. Neither do I have a doctor’s degree in astrophysics, did ever engineer a spaceship nor am I the commander of the Starfleet, but it is the same with the Star Trek movies and I love them, nonetheless. I consoled myself with the fact that Martin, one of the MC’s and captain of a spaceship, after all, was sometimes as clueless as I and preferred getting everything explained in three syllables. 😉
Not only the story is sophisticated, but also the characters have so many layers, some of them kept me guessing the whole time what their game is and who is an ally and who is a foe.
Martin Atkins, a Navy Commander on administrative leave after a rescue mission gone wrong, accepts the offer of a private contractor to take command of the Zenith, a spaceship designed to test a new form of spacecraft technology, which means not a test on a new method of propulsion, but on an alternate method of travel. He gets to work with his best friend Charles Davenport, for whom he feels more than just friendship but was turned down years ago for the sake of said friendship.
At first, he is still not ready to accept the fact that there will never be more between the two of them…
” For the rest of what remained of Martin’s life, he would pinpoint this exact instant as the moment he let Charles break his heart the second time, standing alone in the Chief Engineer’s office on board his first command, as it drifted through space, crippled and so far from home, where no one would ever find it. The instant Martin gave up and let Charles Davenport go.”
… Until he meets Edward Harlen, a young engineer, responsible for some modifications on the ship. Slowly but surely Edward worms his way into Martin’s heart and they are both absolutely adorable together.
But is Edward who he claims to be? And what about his sister, Stella, and the other coworkers? Are they harmless or do they have an agenda? Do they maybe just act in their best interest? Of course, I won’t tell you, because this would take away all the fun, but I can promise you that you never know if it is the truth or just another reality and this fact alone will keep you on the edge of your seat.
When it soon becomes apparent that somebody tries to sabotage the whole project and everything ends in a close call,
Martin has to make his choice between his own happiness, his responsibility for his crew and the life of his lover.
” You have to leave. Otherwise, you’ll die here. “I know,” whispered Edward. “I wish… I just wish I could promise I’ll remember you.” Martin pulled his hands free, and Edward heard the clink of a metal chain, felt it, still warm from Martin’s skin, as he slipped it over Edward’s head. “Do you love me, Eddie?”. “Yes.” Tears gathered in the corners of his eyes. “So much.” Martin clasped Edward’s hands in his, wrapping them around a couple of flat metal wafers that hung from the chain around Edward’s neck. He leaned forward until his forehead touched Edward’s. “Then remember. And when you do, come back to me.”
At the end, I was really happy that I can start with the sequel right away because I desperately need to know how the story of Martin and Edward will go on.