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Book Review: Flaxen Tyranny - By Simon Paul Evans

Updated: Feb 17, 2023


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Will Captain Kip Eastcott of the Starship Echo, and his crew, save the Earth from the genocide being inflicted upon humanity by xenophobic Tyrans calling themselves, The Flaxens?

The sentient starships Formidable and Echo will be sent to colonise a new world, light years away from Earth.

A catastrophe results in the loss of Formidable, but Echo makes his way home to Earth, finding himself 10,000 years in the future. They discover Earth is being overrun by a race of xenophobic Tyrants that call themselves Flaxens.

It is up to Kip Eastcott, the Captain of Echo, along with his crew and unexpected allies, to save the Earth from the genocide being inflicted upon humanity.

My Review

Flaxen Tyranny is the debut book by Simon Paul Evans. It is a science fiction story about a fight against tyranny, with many thing in it reminiscent of World War II. Death camps, genocide, and racial superiority are all being committed by the Flaxens, a race from the planet Venus, towards the people of Earth. And it just so happens that a star ship from the ancient past before the collapse of society is one of the keys needed to save not only the humans of Earth from the Flaxens, but the Flaxens from themselves. All the while, both humans and Flaxens of the worst kind battle to further the destruction of humanity.

The story is incredible, with many memorable characters. Many of the human characters are memorable and feel real and believable. The captain of the ship Kip, for instance, feels like a real captain, and is easy to remember long after reading the book. And there are others too that I’ll let you meet for yourself. But its not just the human characters. There are Flaxen characters too, including a half Flaxen girl who is vital to the story. But one of the things I love most about the book are the sapient AI characters that are benevolent and not out to destroy humanity. Way too often in our culture, AI is depicted as evil and out to destroy people, but in this story there are several AI that seek only to help humanity. And one even was the victim of messed up humans, leading to destabilization of her personality.

The story is also engaging, and the book hard to put down. Each scene flows into the next, and never feels like its being bogged down by too much exposition or unnecessary scenes. It has a nice pace to it, and fills the readers with emotions at many places in the book.

Overall, the book is a brilliant read, and I give it a 5 out of 5 stars. I do hope you read it and enjoy it like I have.

On this site I tend to hand out bonus stars. Bonus stars are when an author goes above and beyond what they should do, and does something spectacular and amazing. So lets go over the list of bonus stars:

- Outstanding level of notable diversity and representation among the characters

- Hooked from the very start

- Extreme in-depth world building

- Big emotional feels

- High Levels of Excitement

- Keep on Guessing

So that's 6 out of 7 Bonus stars.

You can follow the Author on Twitter at @S_P_Evans

That's all from me fellow book lovers.

~ Caleb Teal, Author and Founder

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