“The Silver Ships”
I am VERY excited to announce the discovery of a completely new and blessedly prolific science fiction author. This author’s name is pronounced Scott “Ū•HĂ” which is spelled Jucha. His website domain is his name, so: scottjucha.com.
First of all, Scott can write, and he has a pleasantly expansive working vocabulary, which is a joy to encounter. He writes stories containing well-formed characters who, at every turn, do what you hope they're going to do, then surprise you as they exceed your expectations. Many of his Amazon reviewers, in their review after they have finished the final book in “The Silver Ships” series, state that this is the best “space opera” series they’ve ever read. It would take a lot to compete with Ryk Brown’s “Frontiers Saga”... but there’s certainly room for a top two!
I downloaded book #1 a week ago, and since then I’ve read the first book. Then I needed to see what was about to happen next, so I read just enough of the second book to relieve the pressure. Then I went back and reread/skimmed the first third of the first book in order to relive its key parts, now knowing what the author had in mind. At one point my wife Lorrie asked where I was in my reading and I explained that I was re-reading book one. She just shook her head and said: “We are so different that way.” So I explained/asked: “Haven’t you ever seen a movie that was so good that you immediately watched it again, able to enjoy it even more, since you knew how everything fit together?” (That generated some more head shaking.)
Anyway, ten years ago, in 2012, Scott began writing. In April of last year he finished his 24-novel series, which he calls “The Silver Ships.” All of the first five novels in the series were three times awarded Amazon’s #1 Best Selling Sci-Fi book, and they also won the #2 spot twice across multiple science fiction categories of first contact, space flight, and alien invasion.
The story is set in the far future. It follows a number of Earth descended colonies which encounter a very non-human, quite powerful and quite hostile alien race. Ever since I caught up with Ryk Brown’s Frontiers Saga series, I’ve been casting about, looking for something next, while Ryk continues working on his next books. I’m absolutely certain that I found what I’ve been looking for. I have no idea what’s going to happen, but I love what has happened so far.
The books are all on Amazon, available through their Kindle Unlimited program, and also on Audible, narrated by Grover Gardner. Look for “The Silver Ships” series.
Recommended without reservation to anyone who enjoys a good “space opera.”