Encounter At Jupiter -Wine Deep Dark Book 2 – By R. Peter Keith

Photo of The Odyssey rendering Credit goes to https://uphilldownhillpress.com/
Photo credit https://uphilldownhillpress.com/

Book links and info

(Book Four soon!!!!!!!)

Welcoming and my review

Helloooo readers! Thank you for making it over to the ‘Spot. I hope that at this moment, you still have things to appreciate and be grateful for. Speaking of, I am again grateful to have an exciting SciFi series to escape into. R. Peter Keith takes his Wine Dark Deep series to new places with book two, Encounter at Jupiter, and easily satisfied my studious criteria for scoring a book. After double checking the numbers, it’s a 5 star, Galaxy Class read!! Engage:

The space mission continues right after book 1, and we find Captain Cal dealing with a whopper of an unexpected circumstance that stays interesting and intriguing all the way to the end. While it still felt like I had a front row seat to one very fast paced and unique first contact story. Like the first book, the writing is smooth as a hot knife making contact with a stick of sweet cream salted butter.

Sketch and planning the Ship credit to https://uphilldownhillpress.com/

The monstrous beauty of the planet Jupiter is such a great background to the events the Odyssey and crew become “wrapped up” in. Being a “puny human” and having never left gravitys hold over me, I still find it hard to imagine what being close to one of the other planets in our little Sol family would be like. There were moments in the book though, that really brought Jupiter to life for me. One of the many great things about exploring SF is the feeling of connection to other planets, worlds, and just space in general. I am briefly content when I can imagine human space exploration as a reality, and RPK provides an abundance of opportunity to be embraced by the awesome and exciting adventure that will hopefully be on humanity’s horizon.

Design fun with music by none other than yours truly!

Another great SF book that uses Jupiter, and other similar Gas Giant planets as the backdrop for the story is The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks. A book that seems to have mixed reviews and is not part of his Culture series, but is a stunning read that I will have to save for a later review.

I really didn’t expect anything alien coming into this, as the first book mainly dealt with Cal and crew facing the end of the biggest scientific mission of all time, before it had even started. The grab for power and money, and an isolated outpost basically jump-scaring the solar systems political power players into handing over humanity’s controls to this small, wealthy, group. It was full of intense and striking action, as well as an escape that would’ve made any fan of The Shawshank Redemption in full ear-to-ear grin mode.

Without giving to much away, the book gets going as the crew of the Odyssey are syncing with Jupiter and preparing to undertake the multitude of multidisciplinary scientific experiments in the hopes of bringing home the bacon, i.e. scientific breakthroughs that will help move this not too distant humanity a little more distant. Quickly though they register an object, possibly a small moon?, on their trail and seemingly disregarding some basic laws of physics.

….and now the crew is facing a reality that might break them. It might be an inclusion into a bigger universe via first contact. Or, a possible beginning of the end for the crew, or maybe even all humans. I don’t know what will happen in book three, but I love that I want to find out. This book steadily accelerates into a “warp 9.9” ending that was spot on for me.

I haven’t spoken much about the crew, and I’m horrible at writing about people, but the crew is made up of a close knit group that fully supports each other, while each individual is unique and every conversation sprinkled with disagreements, some humor, hope, annoyance, friendship, and all those things that real people have in different levels. The characters, including the “gassy” one with the red spot on its belly, keep the everything in a tightly knit blast of a harder scifi book.

Great job again R. Peter Keith for writing such an enjoyable book. Oh and for those that don’t know much about him, he has worked in partnership with NASA for years, bringing an extremely unique space experience to museums for years. With the covid culture hitting us all so hard, museums are barely even opening now. If you have the time, try to find out what your local, or nearest big city museum is doing and spread the word that we need museums, our kids NEED that experience. I’m referring to just generally visiting a museum, and the importance of getting them reopened, but also, I will be first in line to have the NASA experience if Mr. Keith and NASA come to my city..Phoenix, AZ…hint..hint.

Credit to Uphill Downhill Press

I hope that didn’t come off as to “ranty” as it just makes me sad when I think about my little ones missing out on a day at the museum, which I guess we took for granted before.

Thank you so much for reading this. Thank you to the author for being open to communication and offering photos as well as very friendly conversation. Make sure to follow him on social media as he is into some really cool stuff, from collectible toys,, to some amazing artwork. And Grab a copy of the first Wine Dark Deep Book and then jump right into Encounter at Jupiter. You won’t be all regretty or anything!! Then, you must let me know what you thought! Don’t miss my little guitar playing in the background either. I almost never play guitar for anyone but me.

Thanks again for stopping by the ‘Spot, and I’m hoping YOU are ok, and if you’re not, then talk to someone, anyone. Happy Reading you crazy SFF craving and amazing humans. That’s as PSA as it’s possible for me to be.

R. Peter Keith preparing for his eventual career as an astronaut. Credit to Uphill Downhill Press

About the author:

R. Peter Keith is the alter-ego of the creative director of a NASA Space Act Agreement partner company that specializes in the design, fabrication and exhibition of museum exhibits and interactive experiences. He’s flown the NASA-Langley Lunar Lander Simulator to a landing in front of the Moon McDonalds* and has spent research time inside an original Apollo LM, the SEV (Space Exploration Vehicle: prototype pressurized rover) and the Orion Spacecraft with one of its engineers.
For the past five years, Keith collaborated with NASA to produce a simulation-based exhibition that focused on the basic concepts of spaceflight and their possible application in the colonization of our solar system. On it’s premiere, the exhibit broke all attendance records for Space Center Houston, the official NASA Visitor Center for the Johnson Space Center, home of the astronaut program. The many long, thoughtful and technical conversations with NASA experts and advisors from Houston, Langley and JPL that occurred during the creation of this exhibition and its seven simulations and related programs provided the germ of the idea that became the WINE-DARK DEEP series.
He is also a recognized expert on the video game industry and its history having been an on-air and off-air consultant for everyone from the History Channel to the U.S. Post Office. Keith lives in Vermont with his wife, kids and dogs. He has hung on to an old car for so long it has become cool again and has done the same with a few pairs of pants. He has an unreasonable love for all speculative fiction, having grown up with both classic literary and film works as well as the wonders of Marvel comics, Star Trek and Star Blazers. He’s an avid video game fan as well as a voracious reader.
The author wants to stress that although NASA collaborated in the creation of the museum exhibit, they in no way endorse these novels. They are entirely my own creation and any errors or stretching of the laws of physics are my doing alone.

*There really is a McDonalds on the moon in that NASA simulator.

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