The Shattered Gate – #BookReview Lone Star Literary Book Blog Tour @TheRealEricSwa1 @LoneStarLit

Welcome to the Lone Star Literary Life Magazine Book Blog Tour for Author Eric Swanson!

It is a pleasure to introduce Sci-Fi author, Eric Swanson, to you today!

THE TRACEVERSE SAGA
The Shattered Gate &
The Two Gates
by
ERIC R. SWANSON
 
Categories: Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering
Publisher: Eric R. Swanson, LLC.
Date of Publication Book 1: March 22, 2020
Number of Pages: 394 pages
Date of Publication Book 2: May 1, 2021
Number of Pages: 402 pages 
 
The Shattered Gate
They selfishly pillaged Earth and made him a hybrid. Will his split nature spell the end of intergalactic abduction?

Half-human, half-Ceran, Micah Trace yearns for something more. Though the repetition and isolation of living as a body double for the King of Ceres is crushing, he’s grateful to be treated better than the other genetically engineered humans. But when he discovers the ailing plight of his ancestors, he heeds the calling and cleverly insinuates himself into a dangerous mission across the galaxy.
 
Fearing their plan to repair a failing transportation gate might lead to disaster, Micah uses his experience mimicking the king to steal the forbidden authority he’s assumed for so long. But with ulterior motives darkening the depths of space, he may not survive to see the centuries-old connection between the planets repaired.
 
Can the royal mimic win control of the ship before they’re lost to the vacuum’s void?
 
The Shattered Gate is the thought-provoking first tale in the science fiction Traceverse Saga. If you like character-driven action, high-tech military defense systems, and intriguing political powerplays, then you’ll love Eric R. Swanson’s interstellar adventure.
 
 

 
The Two Gates

Born to serve. Trained to lead. Can a man of two species bridge the critical gap between his peoples?

2454. Micah Trace’s half-human heart races as his expedition approaches Earth. Taking leadership of a one-way-trip from Ceres, he fears the memory of a centuries-old mass abduction means they’ll face a hostile reception. And his desperate claim of a shared ancestry falls on deaf ears when the traumatized Earthers greet them with suspicion, capture, and interrogation.
 
With relations treading a knife’s edge, the offworld ambassador finally proves his genetic roots and convinces the nervous population to repair the stargate and reconnect their worlds. But some resent alien interference in the planet’s affairs, and Micah suspects that they may be willing to kill to ensure his mission’s doom.
 
Can the hybrid herald unite his two species before the past destroys their future?
 
The Two Gates is the thrilling second novel in the science fiction Traceverse Saga. If you like complex interplanetary politics, stunning character revelations, and pulse-pounding action, then you’ll love Eric R. Swanson’s galactic tale.
 
 
 
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Eric Swanson was born in September of 1981 in Chicago, IL and his entire life has been spent engrossed in stories. Growing up in a Minneapolis, MN suburb, Eric developed a deep appreciation for stories with a wide scope. From being frightened by Stephen King’s IT to being enthralled by Orson Scott Card’s Ender Wiggin stories, the written word of others grabbed Eric and often refused to let go… Even after he finished the first reading of a book. Several of his personal copies of favorite novels have endured many many readings. From an early age, Eric was a fan of all things science fiction with a leaning toward the dystopian and post-apocalyptic. The future fascinates Eric to no end, be that a realistic or wild-eyed and farfetched future. While he annually binges Battlestar Galactica (04), he dreams of worlds, people and happenings yet to be written. Eric lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, two children and a pair of Goldendoodles. They sometimes Tweet for him…
 
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FOR DIRECT LINKS TO EACH POST ON THIS TOUR, UPDATED DAILY, 
or visit the blogs directly:
 

3/22/22

Kick-Off Promo

Sybrina’s
Book Blog

3/22/22

Review Book 1

Shelf
Life Blog

3/22/22

BONUS promo

Hall
Ways Blog

3/23/22

Book Trailer 1

The Page Unbound

3/23/22

Review Book 1

Chapter Break Book Blog

3/23/22

BONUS promo

LSBBT Blog

3/24/22

Review Book 2

Forgotten Winds

3/25/22

Bonus Story

It’s Not All Gravy

3/25/22

Review Book 1

Jennifer Silverwood

3/26/22

Review Book 2

Rox Burkey Blog

3/27/22

Book Trailer 2

StoreyBook Reviews

3/28/22

Review Book 1

The Plain-Spoken Pen

3/29/22

Review Book 2

Missus Gonzo

3/30/22

Bonus Story

All
the Ups and Downs

3/30/22

Review Book 1

Writing and Music

3/31/22

Review Book 2

Book
Fidelity

3/31/22

Review Book 2

Reading by Moonlight

 
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Every time I read a Sci-Fi book, I find myself thinking, “What if?” This debut novel from Swanson is no exception. What if there was a planet on the verge of extinction and they desperately needed humans from earth to save them?

The Shattered Gate opens in the year 2054 where we see a man named Graham captured in a terrifying space abduction. He’d been watching a ball game with some of his buddies when huge spaceships invaded and snatched up 144,000 humans. I wondered if the author coincided that number with the prophecy in the book of Revelations in the Bible. If so, he never referenced it in the story.

The story then switches to the planet Ceres, two hundred years later, where we learn that the Cerans had been threatened with extinction from radiation. That was before they abducted humans, desperate for their genetics to provide the lifeblood they needed to keep their planet’s population alive.

As the story unfolds, Micah Trace has a strong physical reaction to any mention of planet Earth. It is at this point, I began to suspect he is directly tied to the abducted humans from 2054. Through studies and exploration, The Cerans learn that humans on Earth are in trouble and must unite to survive. Now, the question is whether or not humans will accept help from the Cerans.

Swanson did a good job of creating the world of Ceres, from its government down to regular citizens. His descriptions of the humans, hybrids, the extremely advanced AI, and the royals give the reader a clear picture of what part each plays in their society. The writing could have been tighter which would have made for a shorter more focused book. But readers who love stories set on a planet with advanced technology and clear societal roles will enjoy this book, especially as it includes possibly saving Earth from destruction.

30 thoughts on “The Shattered Gate – #BookReview Lone Star Literary Book Blog Tour @TheRealEricSwa1 @LoneStarLit

    1. You are so right, Priscilla. 2054 is just around the corner. I don’t think I will still be alive. That would make me over one hundred. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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    1. That’s an interesting observation, Staci. I can see where watching sci-fi might be more entertaining than reading because of all the amazing special effects. Thank you for stopping by!

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  1. Great review, Jan. These sound like intriguing sci-fi novels. Interesting that Eric chose 144,000 as the number for those abducted. I would have made the same correlation you did.
    Wishing him all the best with his releases. Thanks for sharing!

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