[Review] Koban by Stephen W. Bennett

Chris's Reviews, Reviews 1 Comment 2nd November, 2014

[Review] Koban by Stephen W. BennettKoban by Stephen W. Bennett
Series: Koban Series #1
Published by Self Published by Author on August 17, 2012
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction
Pages: 490
Source: Amazon, Audible
Quantum gravity theory revealed hidden dimensions that concealed gravity’s strong link to Tachyon Space. Nearly unlimited cheap energy from tachyons led to the creation of Jump Hole technology and faster than light travel to the stars. In two hundred years, humanity had colonized over seven hundred planets in a volume five hundred light years in radius. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of the end of wars and disbanded its standing armies. Life was idyllic for three hundred years.

Then the Krall came.

The Krall, a warrior race with lightning-fast reflexes has used combat for 25,000 years to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. This breeding program created a species fit to dominate the galaxy. Dominate everywhere but on Koban, an uninhabited planet with high gravity, teal colored flora and impossibly fast and savage animals that employ organic superconducting nerves.

The Krall captured humans at the fringes of their expansion for testing on Koban. Humanity was useful only if they were adequate fighters. If not, the Krall intended to destroy the species because they already had slave races, and humans were poor tasting meat animals. If humans proved worthy opponents, the Krall would fight with the same weapons humans used, in order to continue their quest for physical perfection.

Growing weary of the humans’ incapacity to fight well, the Krall were close to a decision to eliminate the race when they captured their last cargo of humans for testing – a ship containing bio-scientists. The choice was simple: Put up a good fight or condemn humanity to extinction. The Krall will discover more than one species knows how to bypass natural selection.

Well, I must say I was surprised with this book. The cover caught my eye, the blurb about it held my attention, and the story carried me away into a world several hundred years in the future where humans have colonized more than 700 worlds and are about to make contact with an alien intelligence. Too bad they aren’t friendly.

This book is a good start for the series, the main characters are introduced, fleshed out, and brought to life as the story flows. The world building is solid, lots of well thought out background spread through the book without slowing down the story with info dumps to slow things down. The action is spaced nicely through the story with quite a bit towards the end, but this is typical for a military sci-fi novel. This novel has genetic engineering, fights against hostile aliens, and even some subterfuge as people disagree with the steps being taken to save the humans as they face this new challenge.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’ll end this review by simply saying that Koban gets a solid 4 stars. This is a good example of a story published by the author which seems to have taken off as there are currently three books with a fourth on the way. You can expect to see reviews of the others as I get through them in the near future.

Written by Chris Gilman

One Response to “[Review] Koban by Stephen W. Bennett”

  1. Stephanie

    I was just bemoaning how to sift through the huge numbers of self-published books to find the gems and the answer may be to pay attention to bloggers reviews. I really like military sci fi so think I will add this to the TBR. The premise sounds interesting.

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