Review: Eden M51 by G.R. Paskoff

Rating: Yay

Genre: Space Opera (Sci-Fi)

Fair warning this book is not for those seeking a quick read. Eden M51 is rather daunting at 468 pages and I admit to wondering how the pacing would hold up or if this would be one of those books laden with enough infodump to make me skim the pages. Surprisingly pacing was good, it lacked in a few areas but would quickly correct any mishaps and return to the smooth ride. Infodump is sparse and details tend to assist in building a better understanding of the characters.

There is some limited head hopping, with the majority of the story being told from the anti-hero, Commander Nathan Hawke, perspective. The head hopping from Hawke to other characters is actually interesting, as most of the other character’s that we do have the pleasure of residing in typically get less-than-happy-endings. This book has several suspense elements and a bit of thriller feel with spies, subterfuge, and some extremism.

Ever present is man’s competitive nature and desire to conquer the unknown, with the main plot being based on the idea that Earth’s inhabitants may have found a planet to colonize. Of course we’re still a planet with separate nation’s ever in competition instead of working together. The book can be broke down into three parts, before, during, and after the journey to Eden M51. I found myself interested in every part. From the selection of the crew to man the mission, the journey’s fraught with some mishaps and surprises, and the discovery of a planet much like our own but so very different.

Finally, there is some religious overtones in this story and Paskoff presents an interesting theory behind the creator of the universe. If you’re the type to dissect stories believing in some ulterior motive or push of a belief system then you may want to stay away from Eden M51. I honestly took the book for what it was- a story. After reading I truly believe that the story was written based on how the characters would act versus providing a story that readers would want.

Overall, I liked it. I look forward to future works from Paskoff. I’m also interested to see if he continues to explore the universe he’s created in Eden M51 or if new projects will be in his future.

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*At the time of this post Eden M51 is not available for sale due to the book being entered into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.

Author Bio:

Mr. Paskoff is a biomechanical engineer with over eighteen years of experience working in U. S. Naval Aviation. He currently resides in Maryland with his wife and two children.

Visit Mr. Paskoff at his website

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This Week’s Read: Eden M51 by G.R. Paskoff

EDEN M51 final cover_hi-res copy_white_400x600Eden exists, tucked away in a remote corner of the universe.

In the year 2083, overpopulation, resource depletion, and climate change have pushed global civilization to the brink of collapse. Colonies on the moon and beneath the oceans, despite years of development, are struggling to survive. As international tensions escalate, and humanity faces an impending crisis for subsistence, a new race has quietly begun, one to find a habitable planet for human expansion outside the solar system. Thus far, however, every expedition sent has resulted in monumental disappointment, and occasionally, tragedy.

But all is not lost.

A U.S. interstellar probe, launched decades earlier, unexpectedly transmits a burst of tantalizing figures on a remote alien world in the M51 galaxy, yielding the first promising data scientists have seen in years. In response, an international team of experts is hastily assembled to investigate the prospective planet over thirty million light years away. Each with their own set of hopes and agendas, what they discover upon arrival is more than any of them imagined – something that forces them to confront the shadows of their past and to reevaluate their choices for Man’s future.

Commander Nathaniel Hawke, a renowned pilot in the United States Department of Space Defense, is selected to lead the mission. Seven years after the controversial death of his best friend, he views the expedition to M51 as one last opportunity for redemption. But in the end, will the journey offer the salvation he seeks, or cast him further into despair?

Purchase a copy of Eden M51 at:

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*At the time of this post Eden M51 is not available for sale due to the book being entered into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.