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The Whisper of Damkina by shutsumon

A Science Fantasy Web Serial 

All they wanted to do was make a living.

Amanpreet and her crew are traders and cargo haulers. It’s not the most exciting work in the galaxy but it’s lucrative and better than being stuck on a planet.

Or at least it wasn’t exciting until recently.

Follow the Whisper and its crew as they encounter sophont space ships, extinct alien races trying to resurrect themselves, fundamentalist theocrats, and a looming war – the first of the hyperspace age.

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A serialized novel, updating sporadically

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Listed: Aug 31, 2014

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Fast-Paced Space Opera

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Jan 31, 2016: There were a number of things I enjoyed about reading this series. We follow the crew of a trader starship, the Whisper, and its crew. I enjoyed getting to know the crew and the captain, Amanpreet, but one of the most fun things for me was the author’s creativity in the alien species she weaves into the tale. I really enjoyed the way she revealed the details of each group’s appearance, climate requirements, and outlooks, and I had fun getting to know these people from such alien societies.

The author does a good job of keeping the story going at an action adventure pace, and it seems like Amanpreet and her crew are a bit of trouble magnets as they go from one place to another, but given some of the people they have on the crew and some of the things they end up doing, it made sense to me and added another layer of interest to the story.

The writing is to the point and generally well-edited. I’d recommend this story to anyone who appreciates space exploration sci-fi and who enjoys a fast-paced adventurous tale.

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feels like classic 70’s sci fi

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Sep 29, 2014: A spaceship crew, unusual technology that requires the human element to work, and a third person limited/unlimited viewpoint. YAY!

The beginning plot involves a merchant trader, soon to be caught in a web of interstellar intrigue and events. I’ve just started the series, but the writing is pretty solid, and the characters have my interest piqued. There are a few minor typos here and there which take away occasionally from the story, but the story and dialogue are well constructed and believable. Having caught up with the current story, I do have a few minor quibbles. The story seems to suffer from a bit of minor Mary Sue, in that things just always go right for the protagonist, even when they go wrong. Her, her crew, and her ship always get a BIT banged up and scuffed, but nothing they can’t repair. They are at the mercy of a large government, but when ordered to do things, those things and tasks align with their own goals quite nicely. There’s nothing WRONG with this, but I hope for some actual tension and danger later on in the story.

The story up to current could be see as an extended "getting the crew together" phase, so there is every likelyhood that the danger ramps up though. I’ll be reading, and hoping!

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