Demoted by the military and hung out to dry, the media labels her the Butcher of Toro. Despite her soiled record, Tanis still one of the best military counter-insurgency officers in the Terran Space Force.
And they need her to find the terrorists responsible for trying to destroy the GSS Intrepid, a massive interstellar colony ship in the final phases of construction at the Mars Outer Shipyards.
It’ll be her ticket out of the Sol system, but Tanis discovers she is up against more than mercenaries and assassins. Major corporations and governments have a vested interest in ensuring the Intrepid never leaves Sol, ultimately pitting Tanis against factions inside her own military.
With few friends left, Tanis will need to fight for her life to get outsystem.
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Outsystem is a book set in the far future where mankind has expanded past Earth to the surrounding planets and even past the solar system. Tanis is a Major in the military with a seemingly dark past as everyone feels as though she’s off the walls and incapable of making any decisions that are rational and is aboard the colony ship Intrepid. After a terrorist attack, she takes a large role in security for the Intrepid with unknown forces closing in on the colony ship with unknown intentions. The character Tanis to me felt like the bad ass everyone wants to be. Even with the past being thrown in her face everyday, she still takes charge and fights for what she believes in, even with the odds being ever so not in her favor. She’s a natural born leader and someone I would strive to be like. This novel I felt was very well written. It was outlined perfectly with action sequences occurring just before it would’ve become boring and kept me on the edge of my seat. Trust me, there was plenty of moments that gave me the wait what feeling. There was only one criticism I had with Outsystem and that was the beginning because it was very detail heavy. It threw a lot me at once and I had to go back and forth to know what was going on. Now after the beginning I greatly enjoyed the way the plot intertwined with the details because it let me visualize the battles and moments. The beginning I just didn’t enjoy because I felt a little bored. However,if you like a lot of details in the beginning, this is for you. I could just tell it was for a 20ish range and above for ages due to the amount of attention you had to pay and that is the age group I would recommend this for due to the dark moments and details.
About the author:
Michael Cooper has been writing since the day he closed Return of the King and wanted more. He’s written a lot of fantasy that he never tried to get published, but one day decided to try his hand at science fiction, of which he has published one book (Outsystem) and is working on the sequel, A Path in the Darkness.
Michael is a software engineer at a company which builds sites and services around the open-source CMS named Drupal and enjoys the creativity involved in building web applications.
When not writing stories or code Michael is spending time with his wife and daughter, or doing carpentry–a hobby which he has been growing over the years.
His other interests include astronomy, cars and racing, blacksmithing, movies, and just about any creative work one can do.
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