Annihilation Aria

Annihilation Aria : Book One of the Space Operas

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An exuberant space opera that dares us to lose ourselves in battle songs and nonstop action!

A woman who can wield a weapon like a song. A man who can out-think ancient death traps. A pilot who flies her ship like a second skin. To keep the Kettle out of hock, Lahra, Max, and Wheel flout border patrols, salvaging artifacts from dangerous galactic ruins.

But the power in those artifacts threatens the iron-fisted rule of the galaxy's imperialist overlords, the Vsenk. To protect their dominion, the Vsenk have humbled entire civilizations. They eat ships like the Kettle and her found family for breakfast.

Lahra, Max, and Wheel are each just trying to get home to the lives they lost, but they'll have to evade space fascists, kick-start a rebellion, and save the galaxy first.

Board the Kettle for a space opera like none you've ever read before: an adventure of galactic subterfuge, ancient alien lore, a secret resistance force, lost civilizations, and giant space turtles.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 140 x 213 x 30mm | 572g
  • Yardley, United States
  • English
  • 1733811958
  • 9781733811958
  • 2,629,066

Review quote

"[A] bright and exciting space opera [...] Underwood's prose is brisk and funny without ever sacrificing his skilled sf world building. Highly recommended for fans of action-packed space opera and anyone else looking for a fun and fast-paced read."
--Booklist, Starred Review

"This fantastically fun series launch harkens back to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy[...] The interpersonal dynamics are delightful, however familiar they may be, and the tightly constructed world, cinematic fight scenes, and ambitious scope combine to evoke a sense of wonder. This is a rollicking good time."
--Publishers Weekly

"This is pure space opera, wild and wacky and silly and strange, high-stakes and deeply personal all at once. I could not be happier to have read this book. Recommended for fans of AXIOM by Tim Pratt, TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE (the RPG) published by R. Talsorian Games, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Marvel Studios), and KILLJOYS (SYFY Channel)."
--Seanan McGuire, author of the October Daye and InCryptid series

"Underwood takes us for an intense ride through a cacophony of alien civilizations in conflict. This is an exuberant space opera that dares us to lose ourselves in battle songs and nonstop action. I can't sing its praises enough!"

"Fast, fun, inventive! ANNIHILATION ARIA is a wild, delightful ride for fans of explosive space fantasy like Thor: Ragnarok."
--Valerie Valdes, author of CHILLING EFFECT

"If the characters of The Mummy had been transported onto the Millennium Falcon, ARIA would be the result--a rollicking space opera, both literary and musical, with a diverse cast and strong relationships."
--Gregory A. Wilson, author of GRAYSHADE

"Annihilation Aria is a classic 80s science-fiction novel with all those troublesome sexist bits stripped off. It's got that simplified, pulp, curl-under-the-covers reading that reminds me of being a kid, wolfing down exciting adventures."
-- Ferrett Steinmetz, Nebula Award nominee and author of AUTOMATIC RELOAD and THE SOL MAJESTIC
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About Michael R Underwood

Michael R. Underwood is an author, podcaster, and publishing professional. His series include the Ree Reyes Geekomancy books, the Stabby Award finalist Genrenauts series, Born to the Blade, and the forthcoming Annihilation Aria. He's been a bookseller, sales representative, and was the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books. He is also a co-host of Speculate! and a guest host on the Hugo Award-finalist The Skiffy and Fanty Show.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his wife, their dog, and an ever-growing library. He also loves geeking out with games and making pizzas from scratch.
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Rating details

207 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 25% (51)
4 37% (77)
3 22% (46)
2 11% (23)
1 5% (10)
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