The Mothersea

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The Mothersea

By Stephen Renneberg

    Everything a great sci-fi novel should be: visionary, immersive,

    and thematically profound.
                                                                            - Kirkus Reviews

An alien probe from 65,000 light years away splashes down in the Pacific, seeking to solve a cosmic riddle.

A trawler inexplicably vanishes at sea and a body washes up on a deserted beach with a single extra-terrestrial clue that reaches all the way to Area 51.

Colonel Beckman and two of his team are dispatched to unravel the mystery. They board an oceanographic vessel that carries them to one of the most remote places on Earth, where they encounter an elusive alien presence preparing to challenge the dominance of the human race.

And they learn a terrible lesson, that one world cannot have two masters.

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        Published 2016 | ISBN: 978-0-9874347-3-9

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Literary Reviews


    Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2016.

    Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Indie Otherworldly Reads of 2016.

    Awarded the Kirkus Star, given to "Books of Exceptional Merit".

    Renneberg manages to integrate a massive back story into the main plot almost effortlessly, powering his grand-scale storytelling with meticulous description and relentless pacing. The brilliance of the story, though, is in the way the author develops the overarching storyline with intimate character stories, like those of Beckman and the alien matriarch, Beloved-of-the-Sea.

    Discerning sci-fi fans will find this novel, which can be read as a stand-alone, to be immensely satisfying.

    Everything a great sci-fi novel should be: visionary, immersive, and thematically profound.

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Reader Reviews

  • Outstanding. It is somewhat short, but a simply great book.

    - Customer (Oct 8, 2016)

    A brilliant sequal to 'The Mothership'.

    - Peter Wiseman, (Oct 13, 2016)

    The science used in the book is incredibly well documented and firmly within the realm of the possible if not probable ... If a reader is looking for well written military, hard science fiction ... they should look into this series, a series I hope continues.

    - Bob LaSerre, (Oct 24, 2016)

    An excellent addition to the series. I have read the other books in this series, and I find them all to be incredibly excellent.

    - A. D. DeLong, (Nov 17, 2016)

    Could not put it down. Great read!! Have waited with anticipation from the first book Mothership. Good precursor to Antaran Codex and its followons.

    - Viabaja, (Dec 19, 2016)

    Very good. Excellent continuation of the Mothership. Interesting ideas and full of action.

    - David Hope, (Jan 10, 2017)

    I haven't had a book that brought me to a point of worry about the potential foe for a long time. Very suspenseful and thoughtful about meeting an unfriendly alien race.

    - Sharon W., (Jan 19, 2017)

    Now that is a great Science Fiction novel. Held my interest from start to finish.

    - John Lindsey, (Jan 30, 2017)

    A good read. Provoking science. Had me going whether the aliens were really going to beat the humans.

    - Alfred, 6, 2017)

    Mr. Renneberg does an excellent job in world creation from which his story evolves. His style is well suited for this sort of story and is entertaining. I could definitely recommend this author's works for reading.

    - Helen Kim, (Apr 16, 2017)

    Spellbing, riveting. This is an on the edge of your seat nail-biter, a book you won't want to put down ... This has all the key elements of a true sci-fi thriller: the ticking clock, relentless pressure from the antagonist ... and a riveting plot that grips your heart like a vice and won't let go. Really gets your your blood pumping all the way to the climax.

    - Frank Allen, (May 17, 2017)

    The story was engaging and the characters were well developed. I highly recommend this for fans of science fiction.

    - Dan_S, (Aug 19, 2017)