I received this space odyssey novel for free in exchange for an honest review. The tale of Sayuri Arai, the space commander of the Red Lotus, takes a ton of twist and turns. As the daughter of mining company owner, Sayuri was raised with wealth to spare as she attended the University all expenses paid. She is determined to live down her legacy and start anew as the commander of her own mining ship under her own mining company.
Not only does Sayuri face the skepticism of her family, but she has to deal with pirates, rival mining ships, and a mutinous crew. Sayuri navigates these treacherous pitiful with intelligence and bravery despite her inexperience. The book is episodic in that it joins together three smaller stories into a coherent story line concerning the adventures of the Red Lotus. The character growth gripped me as a reader, seeing Sayuri graduate from an unsure young woman to a no-nonsense commander makes this such a fun read.
One character besides Sayuri that stuck out to me was the pirate, Vilas. Struggling with her own guilt of her past deeds and hoping to reform, she takes surprising actions and drives the plot forward while providing a complex character to the mix of the crew. There are plenty of other interesting crewmates as well, from Davin, the untrusting co-commander and also romantic interest, to head of security Terch, to Keller, a skeptical member of the Red Lotus, to the stuttering Glarson. There is a nice balance in telling not only Sayuri's story but the rest of the crew as well making the last part feel organic and full of tension.
I would highly recommend this book to fans of the space adventure like Star Trek, as R. J. Sullivan does a brilliant job establishing the command structure and describing life aboard the Red Lotus. Navigating a beat up, old, rusted ship, hence the Red in the name, never is short of surprises. The plot moves forward at a brisk and exciting pace forcing me to keep turning pages to find out how Sayuri and her interesting crew would solve their issues and what would happen next. I would love to read more about the crew of the Red Lotus as it feels like this story is only the beginning of many new great space adventures.
About the author: Best known for his ghost story thrillers, Commanding the Red Lotus is R.J.Sullivan’s fifth book and his first release in the genre he most adores. R.J.’s critically acclaimed, loosely connected ghost story trilogy and his short story collection are all available in paperback and ebook through Seventh Star Press. R.J. resides with his family in Heartland Crossing, Indiana. He drinks regularly from a Little Mermaid coffee mug and is man enough to admit it. https://rjsullivanfiction.com/
Book Synopsis for Commanding the Red Lotus: Money Can’t Buy Respect Sayuri Arai, privileged daughter of a corporate mogul, abandons a promising career to find her own path. She invests in a broken-down asteroid mining ship and steps in as the commander of its crew. Every day presents a new challenge just to keep her ship from falling apart and the bitter crew from killing each other. Can Sayuri unite the feuding factions, or will her rivals turn the entire complement against her?
Commanding the Red Lotus offers a classic sense of wonder for today’s science fiction readers. Volume one of the Red Lotus Stories, now in softcover for the first time. Commanding the Red
Lotus includes the previously released ebook novelettes:
Fate of the Red Lotus
Red Lotus: Innocence Lost
Plus the brand-new novella Mutiny on the Red Lotus
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