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A Pale Light in the Black ➥ [Epub] ➟ A Pale Light in the Black By K.B. Wagers ➯ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The rollicking first entry in a unique science fiction series that introduces the Near Earth Orbital Guard NeoG a military force patrolling and protecting space inspired by the real life mission of th Light in PDF/EPUB ¿ The rollicking first entry in a unique science fiction series that introduces the Near Earth Orbital Guard NeoG a military force patrolling and protecting space inspired by the real life mission of the US Coast GuardFor the past year, their close loss in the annual Boarding Games has haunted Interceptor Team Zuma s Ghost With this year s competition looming, they re looking forward to some payback until an unexpected personnel change leaves them reeling Their best swordsman has been transferred, and a A Pale Epub / new lieutenant has been assigned in his placeMaxine Carmichael is trying to carve a place in the world on her own away from the pressure and influence of her powerful family The last thing she wants is to cause trouble at her command on Jupiter Station With her new team in turmoil, Max must overcome her self doubt and win their trust if she s going to succeed Failing is not an option and would only prove her parents rightBut Max and the team Pale Light in ePUB ¹ must learn to work together quickly A routine mission to retrieve a missing ship has suddenly turned dangerous, and now their lives are on the line Someone is targeting members of Zuma s Ghost, a mysterious opponent willing to kill to safeguard a secret that could shake society to its core a secret that could lead to their deaths and kill thousands unless Max and her new team stop themRescue those in danger, find the bad guys, win the Games It s all in a day s work at the NeoG.


About the Author: K.B. Wagers

Light in PDF/EPUB ¿ KB Wagers is the author of the Indranan Farian War trilogies with Orbit Books and the new NeoG novels from Harper Voyager They hold a bachelor s degree in Russian Studies and a second degree black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu A native of Colorado, KB lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with their partner and a crew of recalcitrant cats In between books, they can be found attempting to learn Spanish, dying in video games, dancing to music, and scribbling A Pale Epub / new ideas in their bullet journal They are represented by Andrew Zack of The Zack Company.



10 thoughts on “A Pale Light in the Black

  1. Lex Kent Lex Kent says:

    This was a solid and enjoyable sci fi read I m a big sci fi fan but have not read as much lately as I would like too This had the sci fi space opera feel that I was looking for and I was happy to read this This reminded me a bit of Firefly mixed with Starship Troopers with a pinch of Ender s Game thrown in, but without all the bugs and aliens This is a pure humans in space story that is very character driven.There are three main characters A lesbian, a bisexual woman, and an asexual woman This was a solid and enjoyable sci fi read I m a big sci fi fan but have not read as much lately as I would like too This had the sci fi space opera feel that I was looking for and I was happy to read this This reminded me a bit of Firefly mixed with Starship Troopers with a pinch of Ender s Game thrown in, but without all the bugs and aliens This is a pure humans in space story that is very character driven.There are three main characters A lesbian, a bisexual woman, and an asexual woman This book is very LGBTQ friendly, taking place in a time where sexuality and gender is just completely accepted The romances are all light with no explicit sex scenes at all There is not muchthan a few hugs and kisses I do have to say I was disappointed that Max and Jenks did not get together They had the most chemistry of anyone and with how they kept growing closer, they would have been perfect for a romance Instead, they were both paired up with male partners that were a little boring and lackluster I m guessing maybe Wagers didn t want to have two wlw storylines going on the other main is a married lesbian , but I think it was a real missed opportunity While this really is a book about characters and their relationship with family and friends, it also has a mystery that brings some action to the book, and a big competition There are games that every military branch competes in and our main characters are trying to win the games for the first time Everything from sword fighting to piloting, the games are like the World Cup or the Olympics, a really big deal When our characters are not rescuing people in space, they are training for the games It was a really fun part of the book between the competition and the military rivalries My one complaint about this part is I think it was too rushed The games are so important, that fact is hammered home, that the finale big game day is fast forwarded too much for my tastes While I really enjoyed this read it did have some pacing issues It takes a little while to really get into the story Things were a little slow in the beginning and I was getting a little worried, luckily I soon got hooked into the story However, the pacing issues did continue some The story would slow down and the book at times seemed a little long I noticed parts I would have personally cut out, but then like I mentioned about the games, all of a sudden the pace went too fast and I wished it would slow back down This was not a huge issue at the end of the day, but it was one of the major reasons why this was notthan a 4 star read for me If you are looking for an entertaining and lighter sci fi story, this is a good choice This is a story that is muchcharacter driven but still had some good action that kept me entertained I enjoyed the characters enough that I would absolutely read the next book in the series The major storylines in this book are complete and this did NOT end in a cliffhanger which is always nice An ARC was given to me for a honest review


  2. Ash Ash says:

    Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review A Pale Light in the Black follows the crew of Zuma s Ghost, who are members of the Near Earth Orbital Guard NeoG , a branch of the military akin to the Coast Guard in space These characters are the highlight of the story First off, they re diverse, representing a variety of sexualities, gender identities, religions, and racial and ethnic backgrounds They re also extremely likabl Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review A Pale Light in the Black follows the crew of Zuma s Ghost, who are members of the Near Earth Orbital Guard NeoG , a branch of the military akin to the Coast Guard in space These characters are the highlight of the story First off, they re diverse, representing a variety of sexualities, gender identities, religions, and racial and ethnic backgrounds They re also extremely likable I m a sucker for friendly team dynamics and I got plenty of that here.It s a good thing this book has such a strong cast because it s extremely character driven I fell in love with Max, Rosa, and Jenks our three main characters and enjoyed witnessing their personal and relationship development My only complaint is the dialogue It occasionally struck me as slightly stilted, particularly during tense or emotional moments The romance was unremarkable view spoiler It didn t help that I was shipping Max and Jenks with each other waythan with their respective male love interests hide spoiler The story was well paced and revolves around two subplots In subplot one, Zuma s Ghost is competing in the Boarding Games, an annual competition between the branches of the military, and hopes to take home NeoG s first ever win Meanwhile, subplot two is a mystery that builds gradually from a series of coincidences to a full blown conspiracy I preferred the first subplot it seems Wagers isn t much of a mystery writer The ending was rushed and the evil mastermind behind it all was underwhelming.Aside from the characters, what I liked best about this book was the worldbuilding The future Wagers imagines is immersive and easy to envision The focus is mostly on military life, which isn t usually my cup of tea, but I ended up really enjoying it A few concepts could have been introducedgradually and naturally, but this is me being nitpicky In many ways, A Pale Light in the Black reminds me of the Star Trek TV shows It s fun, lighthearted, team based and, yes, a little cheesy I love me some Star Trek so it s no wonder I ended up enjoying this book A Pale Light in the Black is a story with a lot of heart, enough to make up for at least some of the technical flaws I m eager to go back and read Wagers previous work and I hope she continues the NeoG series


  3. Beth Cato Beth Cato says:

    I received this advance galley via NetGalley.I m a huge fan of Wagers s other sci fi series The Indranan War and The Farian War and I was very excited to see what they could do with space opera set closer to Earth While this book didn t have the instant magnetism of the previous books in part because I had a hard time keeping the large cast straight in my head once it s gets going, it s good.The NEO G are essentially the space coast guard Under funded and under appreciated, they monitor th I received this advance galley via NetGalley.I m a huge fan of Wagers s other sci fi series The Indranan War and The Farian War and I was very excited to see what they could do with space opera set closer to Earth While this book didn t have the instant magnetism of the previous books in part because I had a hard time keeping the large cast straight in my head once it s gets going, it s good.The NEO G are essentially the space coast guard Under funded and under appreciated, they monitor the shipping lanes and keep travelers safe from threats foreign and domestic There are no aliens Humans travel space alone, and go long distances thanks to advances in extending the human life span technology patented by Max Carmichael s family However, she chose not to enter the company or the Navy, as dictated by tradition and her dictator parents, but to enter the NEO G and really save people s lives Shunned by her birth family, she finds a new family among her comrades in space as they do their day jobs and prepare for the big military rivalry reality type show that happens once a year However, when mischief in space points back toward Max s family and their hidden tech, she and her new friends start to dig for answers and soon find themselves the targets of some dangerous people.Timing is weird in publishing Another book with a similar basic concept Coast Guard in space, with a reality show component, is also out in March 2020 Sixteenth Watch by Myke Cole, being by an author with military experience, is also much deeper into the military aspect and the Coast Guard and Navy rivalry has much, much higher stakes In comparison, A Pale Light in the Black is a breezier, lighter bookin the mode of Firefly Both books use the same concepts well, and have entirely different vibes and plot lines.What really shines in A Pale Light in the Black is the concept of found family These are people who grow close, who have each other s backs, and get to zoom around in space and help others I mean, whatcan a person want


  4. Barb in Maryland Barb in Maryland says:

    Absolute romp of a book Great fun, engaging characters I had a blast with this one.


  5. Mercy Mercy says:

    ALL THE STARS


  6. Allyson Allyson says:

    This is another great read from author KB Wagers This romp combines a lot of the things I love to see in my space operas Romance Cool action hero antics Emotional talks with partners Amazing world building that has inclusivity built in I love Max the main character and her journey as she grows with her new NeoG team and found family I love the games and how it felt like the olympics with a spirit of competition and togetherness Jenks is amazing and it was so good to see them grow emotio This is another great read from author KB Wagers This romp combines a lot of the things I love to see in my space operas Romance Cool action hero antics Emotional talks with partners Amazing world building that has inclusivity built in I love Max the main character and her journey as she grows with her new NeoG team and found family I love the games and how it felt like the olympics with a spirit of competition and togetherness Jenks is amazing and it was so good to see them grow emotionally through the story The fights feel real and I love that there were call backs to pop culture that s current now I was given this earc by netgalley in exchange for an honest review


  7. steph // bookplaits steph // bookplaits says:

    Overall, this was a really fun read I enjoyed reading about the crew of Zuma s Ghost and the found family aspect of it was great There was a fantastic amount of diversity too including lesbian, asexual and non binary characters and I really liked each POV.I had some issues with the writing and the overall plot though First, the writing I don t know if it s just because I ve been so used to reading first person POV recently, but there were times when it took me a second to figure ou Overall, this was a really fun read I enjoyed reading about the crew of Zuma s Ghost and the found family aspect of it was great There was a fantastic amount of diversity too including lesbian, asexual and non binary characters and I really liked each POV.I had some issues with the writing and the overall plot though First, the writing I don t know if it s just because I ve been so used to reading first person POV recently, but there were times when it took me a second to figure out who she or his , etc was referring to Also, I sometimes disagreed with the punctuation being used such as commas instead of en rules , which is admittedly not a hugely important thing, but sometimes I can t turn the editor part of my brain off There were also comma splices in a few cases, and although Wagers was maybe using them in dialogue on purpose e.g We re ready to go, it should be a good competition , it was still distracting for me.Second, the plot Although the Boarding Games takes up a big part of the story and is good fun to read there was cage fighting and sword fighting , after all the build up, the event ends abruptly and then a kidnapping plot is thrown in with 10% of the story to go, which I thought was strange Also, in general, I found it quite weird that such a focus was on these Games rather than the mysterious goings on in the background Still, I d love to readabout these characters in the sequel when it s released


  8. Marzie Marzie says:

    3.5 StarsAuthor K.B Wagers latest series offers a space opera world that feels like the lovechild of The Expanse and Becky Chamber s Wayfarers series Although it lacks the species diversity of Chamber s books, it does offer racial, orientation, and economic diversity, and the found family of the crew of Zuma s Ghost, a NeoG Near Earth Orbital Guard vessel is similar in feel to Wayfarers Set in the 2400s, centuries after a worldwide societal collapse, A Pale Light in the Black is equal parts 3.5 StarsAuthor K.B Wagers latest series offers a space opera world that feels like the lovechild of The Expanse and Becky Chamber s Wayfarers series Although it lacks the species diversity of Chamber s books, it does offer racial, orientation, and economic diversity, and the found family of the crew of Zuma s Ghost, a NeoG Near Earth Orbital Guard vessel is similar in feel to Wayfarers Set in the 2400s, centuries after a worldwide societal collapse, A Pale Light in the Black is equal parts military police procedural, big military tournament the Boarding Games , and corporate espionage mystery I m not sure that the blend of these parts always worked well, and the resolution of the mystery that is threaded through the book came quite quickly at the end, with a paper thin villain who shows up in the last fifth of the book out of nowhere, with a cause that seems to come out of nowhere, as well The various characters, Max, Rosa, Jenks, Nika etc are all enjoyable enough but the dialogue between them and their various significant others, children, and parents at times felt stilted and a bit too formulaic Wagers writes action scenes quite well though, and the novel is at its best when the crew of the Zuma s Ghost are working problems and planning a daring rescue The powerful Carmichael family, of which Maxine is the youngest child, is a shadowy presence throughout the novel We meet Max s siblings and learn of their psychological abuse and manipulation at the hands of parents in a powerful family, with strict expectations of conformity I m sure that we will be seeingof them in subsequent installments I m also curious to see what Wagers plans for dealing with the recent disability of one of the characters In spite of a few reservations about the plotting issues mentioned above, I d definitely pick up the next installment because I grew to like the characters A Pale Light in the Black is a light space opera read that is quite LGBTQ friendly The audiobook, narrated by Marisha Tapera, was an easy listen


  9. Didi Chanoch Didi Chanoch says:

    This book packs a LOT in a compact and efficient package You ve got space, mystery, military, romance, and sports rivalries Wagers does a deft job of combining these elements, while freeing them from a whole bunch of toxic tropes This book is a fun queer romp with a nice mystery and that good good team spirit many of us love It s a book about a bunch of decent people trying to do their best to help other people and each other while also having fun I certainly had fun reading it


  10. Marlene Marlene says:

    Originally published at Reading RealityMilitary SF, done right, is one of the best things to read if you are looking for serious competence porn , and A Pale Light in the Black is definitely military SF done very, very right.There have been plenty of milSF stories featuring various branches of the service taken into space Often those services model the space forces around either the Navy, as in Honor Harrington, or the marines, like Torin Kerr The concept of a space Army seems like a bit of a Originally published at Reading RealityMilitary SF, done right, is one of the best things to read if you are looking for serious competence porn , and A Pale Light in the Black is definitely military SF done very, very right.There have been plenty of milSF stories featuring various branches of the service taken into space Often those services model the space forces around either the Navy, as in Honor Harrington, or the marines, like Torin Kerr The concept of a space Army seems like a bit of an oxymoron, as the Army has to get out of space and onto some ground in order to really be something called an Army And a space Air Force feels redundant, even though there s no atmosphere in space.On the other hand, Stargate Command was run by the U.S Air Force, so it IS possible after a fashion.But the one service that has been left out of the equation until the glorious now is the Coast Guard Countries have coasts Earth as a whole doesn t exactly have a coast , but it does have a stretch of territory that it defends and where its laws, rules and regulations hold sway.Or at least it will in the future, if we ever do manage to get into space for real And it certainly does in A Pale Light in the Black Because that s where this story, and the series that will follow hopefully really, really SOON is set among the often looked down upon members of this future s equivalent of a space Coast Guard, the NeoG.The Near Earth Orbital Guard patrols the relatively nearby space where Earth holds sway Their duty is to protect the pale light in the black that is Earth and her colonial interests Their job is critical, but it isn t exactly glorious or sexy The NeoG is underfunded, undermanned, underequipped and underestimated in the Boarding Games that serve as a combination of mass entertainment, wargame training and inter military rivalry, scorekeeping and grudge matching, with a plenty of individual service team building.The story, and the audience, follow one Lieutenant Maxine Carmichael Max graduated first in her NeoG Academy class, but has been stationed on Earth ever since, due to the machinations of her rich and powerful family A family that may have all but disowned and abandoned her on the day that she announced she was joining the NeoG instead of either theprestigious Navy, like her parents and older brother, or the family firm, like her sister.They abandoned her in the hopes that she would fall back into their cold and distant arms and toe the family line Instead, she excelled at the career that she had chosen But then, she never did fit in with the rest of the family.Still, they pulled strings to keep her stationed safely on Earth whether that s what she wanted or not Then again, what Max wanted seems to have never mattered a damn to her family When she finally had enough, she applied to be an Interceptor, part of one of the close knit crews that patrolled the space lanes for contraband, pirates, and general bad actors of all types There are NO interceptors serving on Earth, so she finally has her posting out in the black as the story opens.Having achieved her goals does not mean that she isn t carrying all the emotional baggage her parents loaded her down with and that she doesn t still have all the buttons they installed Max has the basics to do her job and do it well, but she has a long way to go to learn how to become a part of a team that treats all its members like family.Because she has no good experiences of family At all.A Pale Light in the Black is Max s story as she becomes part of the crew of Zuma s Ghost, finds her place in the NeoG and in the found family that is her ship and crew And figures out just how to help her team win this year s Boarding Games.Meanwhile, Max, her crew, her friends and even her entire branch of the service are investigating an age old grudge between her family firm and the rivals that everyone believed were long dead A grudge that could destroy, not just her family, but take half the human population along with it.No pressure Compared to that, the Boarding Games are a piece of cake Escape Rating A I realize that I m basically squeeing all over the page here I absolutely loved this book And there s enough to unpack to keep me busy until the next book in the series comes out.First, the worldbuilding here is awesome Also in a peculiar way a bit scary, because this isn t a direct progression from our now until then Instead, we are now in the pre Collapse world, and our right now is pretty much the last good time for a long time The Collapse Wars are coming, and after that, in about 400 years or so, we reach the time period of the story It s been a long road, getting from there to here I love the way that the author demonstrates that we as a species have also left a whole lot of crap behind on that way between here and there Not by making a big deal about it, but by showing that things are different through the lack of so much stupid fuss in everyday life We are capable of better as a species, we just seem to need very hard lessons to reach that point.Second, this is great competence porn By that I mean that everyone, not just our hero but everyone in NeoG, is seen to be doing their jobs well all the time Even the evil people are good at what they do, just that what they do is terrible But it is terrific to watch and especially identify with a whole lot of folks who are not just dedicated to their jobs but where the ability to do the job well is expected Heroism is extra It was also different to see such good competence porn in a story that does not deal with basic training of any kind.Not that Max doesn t have plenty to learn, but we don t follow her going through the Academy Instead, we follow her as she learns to let down her emotional guards, to let herself accept and be accepted, to figure out what she s good at and let herself internalize that she has skills and is good enough in all sorts of ways Her doubts and fears make her human and they make her easy to identify with and especially empathize with We all have a little impostor syndrome in us, after all.Max, however, is actually way beyond good enough, but that s part of the lesson she needs to learn.Max s first year on Zuma s Ghost, and the timetable for the Boarding Games provide the structure for the story At the same time, the ghosts that Max has to deal with, the wounds that she needs to heal from, were all inflicted by her family.And the case that Zuma s Ghost has to solve, the smugglers and pirates that they have to catch, also deal with her family The way that Max goes from feeling caught in the middle to knowing exactly where she stands is a big part of her journey A journey that in many ways reminds me of the character of Ky Vatta in the Vatta s War and Vatta s Peace series es Ky has to deal with many of the same conflicts between military duty and family obligations If you like Ky you ll love Max and vice versa.I can t wait to see where Max and Zuma s Ghost go next


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