In the past months, I've made a commitment to read more Indie books. This has even resulted in the creation of a new bookshelf on my Goodreads account. This shelf is called "Shelved." As the name implies, this shelf is for books that I started reading, gave sufficient time, but just couldn't make the time commitment to finish reading. This doesn't necessarily imply a bad story. It could also be poor writing, significant mistakes (not the petty grammar errors that some like to point out), or a lack of believable plot or characters.
Enter Orion Connection, by husband and wife team S DeGiorgio. This is the best written indie work I've read to this point. The authors' mastery of the craft allows the storyline to shine through. The characters are believable and the reader doesn't just read, but feels what they are going through. The story, though relatively familiar--given several similar Sci-Fi plots, including some bigger name movies--is engaging and makes the read move quickly.
I'm not saying that this is a perfectly written book. I certainly wouldn't say such a thing about my own work. However, the story was engaging and I quickly moved from looking for craft related issues to not caring if they were there or not. It is important to note that this doesn't always happen. Often, books with a great plot never engage the way they should because of poor writing quality, POV issues, or excessive mistakes. This was certainly not the case here.
If you like space-based Sci-Fi, I would recommend this book for an enjoyable and engaging read. Personally, I look forward to the sequel.
'Till next time.