In the Orbit of Sirens by T.A. Bruno
Series: The Song of Kamaria (#1)
Published: October 4, 2020
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure
Pages: 502 (Print Length)
THE LAST FRAGMENTS OF THE HUMAN RACE ARE FORCED TO ADAPT TO A DANGER-
OUS NEW WORLD OR FACE EXTINCTION.
When starship mechanic, Denton Castus, is caught in the destructive path of a devastating war,
he abandons his home and seeks refuge on a distant planet. However, this new safe haven has
undiscovered threats of its own. Eliana Veston, a scout preparing the planet for the refugees,
struggles with a deadly pandemic that is killing off colonists. The hunt for a cure unleashes a new
threat to humanity—the Sirens—mysterious beings with incredible powers and a deep hatred for
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Helooo readers, and welcome to the Storytellers On Tour event featuring In The Orbit Of Sirens, a fantastic Science fiction adventure by New self published author, T.A. Bruno. Many thanks again to Storytellers for including me on this tour, you all are the best!
I was interested in reading this going back to late last year when I noticed the author promoting it somewhere, and the coverage grabbed be right away. I did buy myself a copy, but didn’t get the chance to read it until now. When Storytellers On Tour announced an event with T.A. I was onboard.
This is probably the only time in my life that procrastination has done me a favor, as waiting as long as I did, gave me the opportunity to pickup the newly released audiobook version, narrated by Michael Reimer. Before my review, I would like to point out that the narration was excellently produced, and performed. I loved the addition of a small number of effects, like the doublingwhen it came to the sirens voice, and the electronic of the character who already had been injured and used technology to create the sound of his voice. If I could call it tasteful, I would, so I guess I will. The majority is narrated and performed as most audiobooks, but with a few tweaks to really add to the experience without overdoing it by adding laser beam and ufo sound you might find in a war of the world’s type of radio drama.
When it comes to the story, I felt it was textured in ways similar to the geography of the planet Kamaria.
The story was a widespread adventure of the last of humanity. Escaping a homegrown evil intent on wiping out everything, down to the last human, is our jumping off point. After the escape of around 30,000 people, we are introduced to humanity’s new home, Kamaria. The writer does a great job of bringing this place to life, with the descriptive writing and varied scenes throughout the book, that I feel like I know it personally and have visited it. That might be a side effect too, of putting so much thought into eventually having to write about something someone else has written, as I kind of live and breathe the books I read from time to time. But it’s a great place to visit, once you get past the lung-lock stuff I suppose. Nothing fun about hanging around a planet when you can’t even breathe the air.
After arriving, and keep in mind, a small group of people came 4 years before, to help prepare the way for the rest of whatever humans made it out of the solar system intact, it was time to rebuild. Along the way, we find the planet has intelligent life already calling this planet home. They have the cool ability to understand what is in the minds of the humans, telepathically, and have wings, lucky birds. They keep their lives, and population center very separate but with the help of one Kamarian, the gap is bridged.
The excitement in the story is pronounced all the through, but definitely builds to an incredible finale of excitement and resolution. As far as characters go, there is a large cast here, but too many to feel overwhelmed, I really loved Denny and his entire family, as well as seeing them try to make it as former mechanics from a planetary moon, to finding a way to carve out their niche, here on such an alien planet. The characters growth along the way was excellent.
The chunk of the story though revolves around a captain who is taken over by a very powerful being unexpectedly and flees the human center after a massacre, and ends up living in the jungle for 4 years, all the while mentally fighting this “siren”. A mystery that the rest would love to solve and find closure in. I loved that back and forth between life for him in the jungle, slowly catching up to the lives of the rest of the humans, attempting to learn more about this planet and word towards the city’s growth. There are many surprises along the way, encounters with alien creatures, resurrection of long dead life, caverns full of strange electric goo, I could go on and on, but recommend you give it a read if any of this floats your starship.
This is easily a 4 star read for me, and am excited for book two whenever it’s comes down the line! Also, although a majority of the story is planetside, it is filled with some awesome science fiction themes, ideas, and tech that is intermixed with what might happen when humanity decides to make a cozy home on a planet already inhabited by spiritually, and technologically advanced and sophisticated. Well done T.A.!
The cover initially grabbed me late last year and prompted me to buy a copy. It came signed, with some bookmarks and a really cool drawing of one of the creatures from the book. The author, and Storytellers On Tour are doing a wonderful giveaway with the same stuff included, so I highly recommend entering, it’s cool stuff, and of course the book rocked.
In the Orbit of Sirens by T. A. Bruno – Winners Choice: Hardcover, paperback, or audiobook– 5 winners, US OnlyStarts: March 21st, 2021 at 12:00am ESTEnds: March 28th, 2021 at 11:59pm EST
T. A. BRUNO grew up in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film indus-
try. Since then, he has brought stories to life for over a decade as a previsualization artist. At
home, he is a proud father of two boys and a husband to a wonderful wife. IN THE ORBIT OF SI-
RENS is his debut science fiction novel