Spacefall - Book One of The Nightcore Trilogy

Spacefall - Book One of The Nightcore Trilogy

by Daniel J Hull

Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content
  • Traumatising content

Going to space was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime, but for Reece Danielson and his crew, it was only the beginning.  As the fresh astronauts aboard the Zhengzhou International Space Station start their on-the-job training, Reece is shown a discovery that changes his entire worldview.  It isn’t long before a tragic accident aboard the station sets off a series of events that not only puts the crew in danger but at odds with each other.  The events quickly escalate into a man-made apocalyptic incident on the surface of the planet.  A virulent plague is prematurely released which transforms everyone into flesh-eating undead, and that is only the beginning of the troubles.  There are far worse things down there than zombies and possibly a few of them lurk on the station itself.

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I TOO DON'T TRUST RAT-MEN

Reviewed at: Epilogue

Very interesting short story mixing, in my opinion, Dead Space (the novels), Mass Effect and Resident Evil. The rat man obviously made my think of Teenage Mutant Nija Turtles aha but he wasn't as cool as Master Splinter (far from that!)

Doomsday scenarios are always gighly claystrophobic in space stations and Daniel J Hull captured it well. The prose can be very heavy with long paragraphs. It's fine because it allows the player to really grasp the personality of each character, which, by the way, are really cool. I also liked the worldbuilding, with a specific pantheon, weaponry and all. I almost forgot it was a Fantasy fiction for a while since the DNA is trongly Scifi, with humans. 

The dialogues are also very profesional. Reece and the others are believable and do not seem out of place (like we used to on RR). It's a very mature story, dark and gory. Proof that you don't need quirky characters and borderline jokes.

I would recommand this story, especially if you like the references listed above and don't mind heavy prose. This is also the first book of a book series but it works as a one-shot very well. I'd like to see what's next.

I would have loved to see the images. But they're all down.

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I've only read the first chapter, but my interest is peaked.  The author does a good job of descibing crewmembers, surroundings, and main character's internal thoughts.  Intrigued by the "zombie rat."  I liked the nontraditional use of old gods instead of the typical Christian God.  The included pictures don't always match the descriptions, but that's on the artist.

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One of the very first things that stood out to me when reading this story is that the author loves space shuttles. I too am a sucker for them, and it was fascinating reading about the intricacies of the design of both the shuttle and station the crew docks at. Plenty of attention is paid to building the "world" these characters inhabit and how their skills are crucial to maintining operations so that they don't, you know, die. 

The story has a gradual start, introduing us to Reece (our protagonist), and the many characters aboard the space station before getting into the hook. And the hook is good. Really good. A mystery is set up with little clues before then hinting that something is going on and it involves the absurd number of Biologists aboard.

 My only real complaint from having read the first two chapters is the density of the paragraphs. I think they could be split up for ease of reading and better flow. The descriptions of the station and its workings are great, but sometimes the author spends too much time describing the way characters look, as in:

As the shuttle commander explained the docking situation to the crew of the space station, Reece began to take the measure of his new crewmates. Aside from the four who Reece had casually studied as they spoke, there looked to be another four people in the mess hall. He spotted a man of dark complexion, thin, yet thickly muscled who looked to be in his twenties. He had a strong-looking face and thick lips that gave him a look of perpetual readiness. He had a shaved head and clean-shaven face and sat behind the red-bearded man. Another man, with an even darker complexion, was sinewy and looked like he was in his early fifties. He had flaring nostrils with salt-n-pepper short-cut hair and fitting sideburns and laugh lines across his face that gave him a pleasant look. He was sitting cross-legged on the floor near one of the walls of the module, eating slowly from a plate of greens as he watched the exchange. Another crew member was a ruddy-skinned man with a medium build, maybe thirty years old, who wore a high-n-tight and was clean-shaven, just like Reece. The last member of the crew in the mess hall that Reece saw was a woman with long silky dark hair and dark olive-colored skin, with a build that was both statuesque and athletic. As his gaze fell across the woman, she suddenly stood up and walked over to them, eyeing him up and down with her light brown eyes as she approached.

It's a lot of information at once that distracts a little from the actual names of the characters and what they do aboard the station. I think it would work better to just introduce who they are and what they do, with a quick description of a quirk or trait that separates them in the reader's mind. 

Other than character descriptions, everything is well written. I noticed only a few minor grammatical mistakes, but nothing glaring. 

All in all I really like this read and where it's heading so far. If you're into sci-fi, and have even a remote interest in space ships and how they work, check it out. You won't be disappointed.