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NEW STAR RISING by Cameron Cooper

The Indigo Reports 1.0

Space Opera Novel

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Be careful what you ask an android to do…

Bellona Cardenas Scordina de Deluca, daughter of the primary Cardenas family, went missing ten years ago. Reynard Cardenas, Bellona’s father and head of the family, receives anonymous, unsubstantiated news that she has been found. He sends the most disposable person in the family to investigate—Sang, the family android.

Sang’s investigation trips off chain reactions which shift the generations-old lukewarm war between Erium and Karassia into a galaxy-wide conflagration which will engulf the known worlds, including the neutral, fiercely independent free states…unless a hero can be found who will fight to hold the line against the two colossal forces.

New Star Rising is the first book in the Indigo Reports science fiction series by award-winning SF author Cameron Cooper.

The Indigo Reports series:
0.5 Flying Blind
1.0 New Star Rising
1.1 But Now I See
2.0 Suns Eclipsed
3.0 Worlds Beyond
3.5 The Indigo Reports

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New Star Rising
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 7 reviews
 by IngSav
Exciting story building and a great read for an epic new Sci Fi series.

An interesting and roller coaster of a story following fabulous characters who move through varying planet and spacecraft environments whilst always dealing with a war that's not a war!
The high testament to how immersed I became is the fact that I read the whole book, within days, despite finding it a bit slow and heavy initially but I do have to admit to only reading lighter romances these days and this book was a wonderful change of pace! I think the initial complexity of characters and concepts is also worthwhile when I look back and consider that none of it was excess to the series story that I can see is being built.
New Star Rising is the second book in the series but the prequel only hints at the magnitude of how epic this ongoing story is going to be! NB There is a prequel 0.5 book which is well worth reading too (Flying Blind).

 by Hester Helm
Action Packed Space Adventure

Fascinating story and interessting concepts. I enjoyed this story tremendously. Cam transports the reader from the everyday into deep space, onto wonderful planets and societies and heated politics and fanatic warfare.

Bellona who vanished 10 years ago, pops up in the most unexpected place and the entire world suddenly turns topsy turvy upon her return and even worse, upon the return of her wiped and repressed memories. The death of her brother further complicates matters even more.

The plot is completely unpredictable with unexpected twists and turns. The emotions are raw, the fear and pain real and the action fast paced. The development of Sang is truly astonishing and touches the reader's heart.

With a small group of people Bellona does the unthinkable. The terrible destruction of a society, forces her to take action....which will hopefully unfold in the next books. I can't wait for them! Well done Cam on a beautiful science fiction tale!

 by Wayne Scace
A great read

Cooper delivers an action-packed suspenseful story that is full of twists and turns.

The author does a great job of world building and character development as we follow Sang, Khalil, and Bellona/Xenia's travels and travails.

I enjoyed all the action, twists, turns and suspense as I read this book.

I did not see the surprise twist the author put at the end of the story coming.

I really look forward to reading more of Cooper's "Indigo Reports' series.

Q: Is Bellona the hero that the mysterious Bureau is searching for?
Q: Can Bellona rescue her friends from captivity?
A: Get this excellent book and find out!! You won't regret the time you invest in exploring this world.

 by Nessie
New Star Rising A Space Opera

Cameron Cooper is great at character building. You feel as if you are right there beside them. I couldn't put this book down and read it in one sitting. There are 2 political entities at war, for what seems like forever, our anti-heroine, Bellona, is the daughter of the leader of one of the sides. She is thought to be dead for last 10 years. Intrigue, space battles, brainwashing, city buster bombs, death and dismemberment. Well-worth the read. Nessie.

 by Wayne
An excellent read

**** SPOILER ALERT ****
Cooper delivers an action-packed suspenseful story that is full of twists and turns.
The author does a great job of world building and character development as we follow Sang, Khalil, and Bellona/Xenia's travels and travails.
I enjoyed all the action, twists, turns and suspense as I read this book.
I did not see the surprise twist the author put at the end of the story coming.
I really look forward to reading more of Cooper's "Indigo Reports' series.
Q: Is Bellona the hero that the mysterious Bureau is searching for?
Q: Can Bellona rescue her friends from captivity?
A: Get this excellent book and find out!! You won't regret the time you invest in exploring this world.
In the interest of transparency: I was given a free review copy of this book and I am voluntarily sharing this review.
It is my own honest opinion.

 by Brittany
Amazing read!

This was an absolutely stunning beginning to a new series. Cameron Cooper is the master of world-building and has a way of making fantastical things feel “normal”...like, honestly, why aren’t there androids walking around everywhere and why can’t I talk to my coffee pot? Well, I do, but it doesn’t talk back...yet. But I digress. New Star Rising will take you on a journey through space and across multiple planets with unique climes and inhabitants and politics. The plot is intriguing and well thought out and will keep you guessing.

This book has it all: political intrigue, family drama, secret organizations, imaginative yet believable futuristic technology, interplanetary war and lovable androids and AIs.

If you like science fiction you can’t go wrong by reading this book. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

 by Audrey Cienki
New Star Rising

Yippy! Cameron has created a whole new universe in which to play. Friends, enemies, political intrigues, oh my! Who really is the “bad” guy? I guess that we will find out as the story unfolds.

Cameron brings his worlds and characters to life. I feel like I have actually met them. I cannot wait to see how Khalil Ready’s character evolves.

And, science fiction with real science! LaGrange points – I am so giddy.

I cannot wait for the next book in this series.


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Excerpt

EXCERPT FROM NEW STAR RISING
COPYRIGHT © CAMERON COOPER 2020
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Chapter One

Kachmarain City, Kachmar Sodality, The Karassian Homogeny

They had survived ten days in the Homogeny, yet Sang still found it difficult to ignore the constant attacks upon their concentration.  Screens were everywhere—disposables, transluscents, impermeables for wet conditions, building-sized, thumbnail-sized, embedded in windows, luggage, shopping bags, vehicles, clouds.  The spoon they used to eat breakfast had a long, narrow screen running along the handle.  The faucets in the ablutions areas features rosette screens on the activation sensors.  Each and every screen offerred a different datastream, a unique offering designed to seduce and hold the viewer’s attention.

The babble had been overwhelming, at first.  After ten days it was merely distracting, which was why Sang failed to notice they were being observed, until the man made his move and by then it was too late to counter.

Sang held still, on alert.  They put their spoon down.  Regretfully, they would have to miss breakfast.

The eatery was busy, even this early.  Many of the screens were displaying a show featuring a self-confessed biocomp called Chidi who spent most of his time mocking and disparaging the people he met.  The Karassians seemed to like the show, enough to train screens to focus on it.  Sang did not understand how they could enjoy the derisive negativity.  It made Sang uncomfortable.

Therefore, Sang did not watch the screens as so many in the eatery were.  They pretended to watch, which allowed them to measure the man’s progress toward the far corner where they were sitting.  The man would have to move around six long tables, with every stool occupied by noisy Karassians.

The man did not look enhanced.  He did not look Karassian, either.  He did not have blond hair, or the pure, rich brown eyes that Karassians valued.  That made him an outsider, as was Sang.  Yet he did not look Eriuman, either.

Was this the one, then?

Sang waited with tense readiness.

“Will you look at the pretty one, then?”  The question came from behind Sang.

“We’re going to sit right down next to you, sweet one.”  A different voice.  This one, female.

Someone jostled Sang from behind, forcing them to look away from the stranger and up at the pair addressing them.

“You don’t look like a Karassian, sweet thing,” the woman said.  She was native Karassian, visibly enhanced.  Her bare arms featured metal sinews that sat on top of her white skin and plug-ins at the wrists.  She would be strong, then.

The male narrowed his standard brown eyes.  He had no chin and a large mouth.  “That’s a thick lip you have there, little one.”

The swollen lip and the bruise on Sang’s cheek were courtesy of a scuffle two days ago, when Sang had explained physically why they did not appreciate the hand groping under their skirt when they were trying to board a carriage.  Sang had assumed that the disfigurements would deflect interest.  They had not.

“Move over, sweet thing,” the woman said, bumping Sang’s shoulder with her hip.  Her metal enhanced hand gripped Sang’s arm, tugging them sideways and almost off the stool.

The man was pulling a third stool over to the long bench.

Sang sighed.  “I do not wish to keep your company,” they said.

“We’re good company,” the woman replied.  She put her hands around Sang’s waist and lifted them, then kicked the stool aside.  She replaced Sang on the relocated stool, her hands lingering.  “Heavy,” she remarked.  “You maybe enhanced under that odd skin of yours?”

“I believe the lady said she did not want company.”  The third voice was that of the man who had been watching Sang.

Sang was surprised to feel a sensation of relief trickle through them.


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