Sunday, April 1, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Death Drop

Death Drop by Sean Allen

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Six Media; 1ST edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983284091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983284093
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In a time when a live Human specimen would fetch a king’s ransom on the black market, being a smuggler seemed like the perfect front to search for her people. But the cost of Dezmara Strykar’s operation has forced her to win each smuggling run she enters. Now every smuggler is gunning for her top position, and her rare black Zebulon star freighter makes her an easily recognizable target.

But dodging jealous smugglers, safeguarding her Human identity and solving the mystery surrounding who she is will become harder than she ever imagined. A mysterious creature in a black Zebulon star freighter has murdered a freedom fighter and has stolen the only weapon that can save countless worlds from an unspeakable evil. Dezmara’s next run will turn into much more than just cover to search for Humans. Dezmara Strykar just became the most wanted murder suspect in the universe. Now she is going to have to run for her life.

This book is amazing. The cover may not that be indicative of how great the content was, but believe me, this book could do just well in Hollywood.

At first glance, you might get scared of reading a 560-page sci-fi novel but this book got me hooked right at the beginning and it only got more intense the more I turned the pages. What more can I say? This is an epic story. :D

Death Drop by Sean Allen is the first novel in the D-Evolution series. There are two main narratives. The first follows the members of the Dissension Army as they attempt to track down a traitor to their cause. The second follows Dezmara Strykar as she tries to discover the mystery of her existence. The two plots start to interweave and Dezmara is on the run from everyone. That’s why it was quite frustrating to read the first few chapters of the book since she doesn’t appear until then. :D

Though “Death Drop” is sci-fi, I didn’t find myself confused with the fictional world and the terms and the descriptions used by the author. The author was very descriptive and his writing suited the story well. Although some of the descriptions I think are too wordy or quite unnecessary. The story moves from one gripping cliffhanger to another, and was always at a fast-action paced.

The facts and plot are already presented right at the beginning. With the well-written prose, the character build up has its foundation. I liked how Mr. Allen weaved this wonderful story, without getting lost in it himself. The scope of the novel is a vast place and I liked how the author makes use of this as an advantage in creating wild and different species.

The characters are amazing too. They are well-thought of, and how they’re described makes me want to jump into the book and see for myself. Mr. Allen brings all of them to life. I felt for the Dissension Army and for their cause. And I enjoyed Dezmara’s journey to uncover her existence.

The dialogues are believable; I enjoyed the banter a lot. The battle scenes are also great, bloody may be, but it suited the story well. There was never a boring part.

There’s a great twist at the end. Although this book may serve as a standalone, I would definitely be looking forward to the other D-Evolution books in this series.

All in all, “Death Drop” is a fast-paced, exciting, thrilling and action-packed sci-fi novel with pirates, gambling, smuggling, debt slaves, monsters, aliens, treasons, battles, traps and conspiracies . Would recommend to anyone who enjoys sci-fi at its finest.

*Though I won’t recommend this to very young children- based on the battle scenes*

***e-Book Giveaway courtesy of author and publisher***

Also, I'd like to mention that Death Drop is a finalist for the 2011 Ursa Major Award for Best Novel.
You can get familiar with what the Ursa Major Award is at their site here:

In celebration of being one of the finalists for the award,the author and the publisher are offering FREE digital copies of Death Drop on Smashwords until voting ends on May 4. Here's the link:

Edit:  Hey guys, It's still free...And also on Amazon:
Interview with the author coming up. Stay tuned!
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1 comment:

  1. Honestly, I won't pick the book because of the cover. But it seems amazing that it became a finalist for Best Novel. "Never judge the book by its cover."
    Nice review! :)


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