Blog Tour and Giveaway: An Unproven Concept by James Young

Today we’re featuring An Unproven Concept, a science fiction/space opera by author James Young. Last year I realized that I enjoy stories set in space so I was interested to check out this book.

Read more about the book below and check out my thoughts on the book. And, of course, enter the giveaway for a chance to win cool artwork (Sorry, US only)!

About the book

In the year 3050, the Confederation of Man finds that there are indeed things that go bump in the night:

Aboard the starliner Titanic, Chief Security Officer Marcus Martin must choose between rescuing his vessel or the love of his life from creatures that are the stuff of nightmares.

Commander Leslie Hawkins must make a Hobbesian decide between human decency…and humanity itself. Facing overwhelming odds, she must use the obsolescent destroyer Shigure to buy that most precious of resources: time.

Captain Mackenzie Bolan has no decision. His unproven vessel and her crew are the closest rescue the Titanic and Shigure have. The only question will be can the Constitution arrive in time.

Interesting space opera

I normally like science fiction novels set in space, but for some reason it took me a while to really get into this book. Maybe I was just not in the right mood or something.

Having said that, I still think it’s an interesting read overall. It’s kind of a military type, action-packed novel and there are technical terms and concepts that I don’t really understand but I usually don’t mind those things too much. I like how sections or chapters are told from the perspective of different characters – at first it was confusing for me because I couldn’t remember who was who but it was okay after a while.

I also like the worldbuilding with the little backstories that we get about where some characters come from and what the human civilization is like. I like the little nods to pop culture or real historical icons.

I also like the pacing of this novel. Right from the start, you have an idea of the main thing that’s going to happen but you just keep reading to find out where the story goes. Overall I enjoyed reading this and I tip my hat to the author for writing it.

Note: I received a review copy of this book as part of my participation in the tour. All opinions and views expressed here are my own.

About the Author

James Young is a Missouri native who escaped small town life via an appointment to the United States Military Academy. After completing his service in the Army, Mr. Young moved to Kansas to pursue his doctorate in U.S. History. Fiction is his first love, and he is currently the author of the Usurper’s War (alternate history), Vergassy Chronicles (space opera), and Scythefall (apocalyptic fiction) series, all of which are available via Amazon or Createspace. Currently living in the Midwest with his loving, kind, and beautiful spouse, Mr. Young spends his time completing his dissertation while plotting new, interesting ways to torment characters and readers alike. As a non-fiction author, Mr. Young has won the 2016 United States Naval Institute’s Cyberwarfare Essay contest and the U.S. Armor Center’s Draper Award for a battle analysis of the Golan Heights. He has also placed in the James A. Adams Cold War History contest held by the Virginia Military Institute and been published in the Journal of Military History (“The Heights of Ineptitude”).

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James Young will be awarding a 11 x 14 print of the cover art for Kraken Edition signed by the author and Justin Adams to a randomly drawn winner and a 9 x 12 print of the “The Butcher’s Blade,” a sci-fi artwork print that will be the cover for Though Our Hulls Burn, the sequel to An Unproven Concept to two randomly drawn winners (US ONLY GIVEAWAYS) via rafflecopter during the tour.

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