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After a young woman discovers a government cover-up that shows the impending doom of the planet Earth, a tale of greed and corruption takes center stage as two groups vie for control of the five governments, and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance in author Ian Conner’s “Cooper’s Ridge”.
Cassie Wells, a 19 year old genius who has stumbled onto a rather elaborate government cover-up. Earth is over-populated and past the tipping point of saving. Two factions, one who wants resources used on earth, the other to colonize a newly discovered planet thirty light years away vie for control of the Five Governments, the new planet we may call home and the ships humanity will use to get there. There is an additional danger to those on the new planet that the government has kept quiet. Layer upon layer of subterfuge will keep the readers guessing about who the bad guys are and how the tale will end.
This was such a captivating and engaging sci-fi and adventure read. The author expertly navigated the themes of space colonization, human existence, and the more personal themes of loss, grief, and moving on with one’s life after loss. The multiple POVs allowed readers to experience this expansive world the author crafted, showing everything from the discovery of this lush new world to the harrowing brush with death the protagonist has and the shifting perspectives that make the audience constantly question whom they can trust and whom they cannot.
Yet it was the strong character growth that really brought this novel to life. The personal and more intimate moments between characters and how they interacted with one another brought a moment of true humanity to the narrative, keeping it really grounded. This allowed the reader to feel a deeper connection to the characters as they dealt with everything from genetic experimentation to a dying planet and even surprising contact with humanoid figures, keeping the sci-fi genre alive and well in this narrative.
Captivating, engaging, and thoughtful in its approach, author Ian Conner’s “Cooper’s Ridge” is a must-read sci-fi action and adventure story. The heartfelt depth of human connection the author created between these characters and the ease in which the reader could get lost in their storylines was an amazing sight to behold, and the imagery of the lush world of Cooper’s Ridge really did an amazing job of keeping the reader invested in the author’s world-building. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!
About the Author
Ian Conner is retired and spent most of his adult life as a Marine and Army Infantry Sergeant. Now living near San Diego California with his wife Bonnie, a cellist, and their two dogs, Cookie and Isabella. Conner spends his days fostering kittens, gardening, crafting beautiful stained glass and creating worlds on the page.
Conner has authored several other novels
Cooper’s Ridge – Science Fiction
The Long Game – Political Thriller
The Price of Partisanship – Political Thriller
Solaris – Political Thriller
Griffins Perch – Epic Fantasy
Ghost Witch – Horror
After a lifetime of destruction the thought of creating something tangible and lasting holds great appeal. He finds writing a cathartic way to redefine himself both in his eyes and the eyes of others.
Conner can be reached at Ian@BlackRaptorBooks.com