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The Rabelais Alliance ❴Read❵ ➪ The Rabelais Alliance Author Mel Keegan – Thomashillier.co.uk In a place where space and time collide, the future of mankind will be decidedOn the edge of a region of space so terrible it has long been known as Hellgate, the super carriers of Earth s DeepSky Fle In a place where space and time collide, the future of mankind will be decidedOn the edge of a region of space so terrible it has long been known as Hellgate, the super carriers of Earth s DeepSky Fleet play an endless cat and mouse game with the starship wreckers, the privateers who, alone, can navigate the wilds of the Rabelais DriftThe super carriers are the most magnificent ships in space, but The Rabelais ePUB ½ under the iron control of a corrupt officer corps, unanswerable to any authority, parsecs from the nearest center of civilian or military justice, these leviathans have become hellships where conscripts are used up and discarded And in an era where enforced conscription is a way of life, anyone everyone will serve the DeepSky Fleet Many will be assigned to carriersIt is thirty years since the Confederacy instituted its strong Fleet policy, first taxing the far flung colonies to build the ships, then conscripting their young people to crew them Decades ago, Earth s military scientists first became aware of a shadowy nemesis, a faceless enemy so powerful, humankind s closest companion in this region of space was obliteratedThe same fate awaits Mankind, with only the DeepSky Fleet holding defiance against the dimly perceived foe known simply as the Zunshu But as the day grows ever nearer for the DeepSky Fleet to fight this ultimate battle, its infrastructure is rotting at the coreThe super carriers can barely keep pace with the wreckers mere human foes and their abused crews have no concept of the mission they were recruited and trained to fightInto this arena of misery step two unlikely players Travers and Marin are from worlds so vastly different, they have only their conscripted military service in common that, and the desire to survive, to see justice done, and to uncover the truths still hidden by Earth s distant government Travers is still in the service, but his connections to the privateer fleet would be than enough to execute him His current assignment is the super carrier Intrepid, his field of conflict, the Rabelais Drift HellgateIn an age of rampant injustice, often justice must be pursued on a personal level This mission brings Curtis Marin aboard the carrier as the executor of a sanction purchased by a citizen whose son was murdered by a travesty of justice Marin has come aboard as an assassin if he can stay alive long enough to complete his mission and if the carrier herself can survive the corruption of her officer corps, the endless battle with the privateers, and the insuperable forces of nature that churn across the ripped face of the void known as Hellgate.

    Free Unlimited eBook first became aware of a shadowy nemesis, a faceless enemy so powerful, humankind s closest companion in this region of space was obliteratedThe same fate awaits Mankind, with only the DeepSky Fleet holding defiance against the dimly perceived foe known simply as the Zunshu But as the day grows ever nearer for the DeepSky Fleet to fight this ultimate battle, its infrastructure is rotting at the coreThe super carriers can barely keep pace with the wreckers mere human foes and their abused crews have no concept of the mission they were recruited and trained to fightInto this arena of misery step two unlikely players Travers and Marin are from worlds so vastly different, they have only their conscripted military service in common that, and the desire to survive, to see justice done, and to uncover the truths still hidden by Earth s distant government Travers is still in the service, but his connections to the privateer fleet would be than enough to execute him His current assignment is the super carrier Intrepid, his field of conflict, the Rabelais Drift HellgateIn an age of rampant injustice, often justice must be pursued on a personal level This mission brings Curtis Marin aboard the carrier as the executor of a sanction purchased by a citizen whose son was murdered by a travesty of justice Marin has come aboard as an assassin if he can stay alive long enough to complete his mission and if the carrier herself can survive the corruption of her officer corps, the endless battle with the privateers, and the insuperable forces of nature that churn across the ripped face of the void known as Hellgate."/>
  • ebook
  • 373 pages
  • The Rabelais Alliance
  • Mel Keegan
  • English
  • 19 August 2018
  • 0975088416

About the Author: Mel Keegan

A self confessed science fiction and fantasy devotee, Keegan is known for novels across a wide range of subjects, from the historical to the future action adventure Mel lives in South Australia with an eccentric family and a variety of pets Every Mel Keegan book is strong on gay or bisexual heroes also, often, on gay villains , and some of these heroes are the most delicious in fiction Jarrat and Stone The Rabelais ePUB ½ from the NARC series, Bill Ryan and Jim Hale from The Deceivers, Neil Travers and Curtis Marin from Hellgate, and manyunforgettable characters Because Mel s books feature the same sex relationships, the partnership at the core of each book is integral this is the relationship driving the story, and it can be very powerful indeed.



10 thoughts on “The Rabelais Alliance

  1. C.C. Williams C.C. Williams says:

    What is not to like about Mel Keegan I know that s pretty fanboy of me but Mel was one of the first gay authors I ever read

  2. Xing Xing says:

    Rating 3.5 starsCenturies into the future, mankind have become a presence in the universe They have colonized onto many planets beyond the solar system Colonization of the home worlds were just the beginning as the definition of humanity has blurred with many innovations to this era of genetic engineering, faster than light communication, and space flight that has allowed humans to reach further into the unknown The Hellgate series begins with The Rabelais Alliance, taking place in a sector Rating 3.5 starsCenturies into the future, mankind have become a presence in the universe They have colonized onto many planets beyond the solar system Colonization of the home worlds were just the beginning as the definition of humanity has blurred with many innovations to this era of genetic engineering, faster than light communication, and space flight that has allowed humans to reach further into the unknown The Hellgate series begins with The Rabelais Alliance, taking place in a sector of the universe dubbed the Deep Sky and its colonies The area of space occupied by the Deep Sky colonies consists of The Drift, AKA Hellgate I think Mel Keegan explains it better than I can The Drift was a tremendously unstable area of space Directly to galactic east was Nova 2631C The super dense pulsar remnant was still active, still emitting energetically after thirteen years, a powerful source of x rays and positrons on the fringe of the subspace transmission bands To galactic north was Naiobe, a modest black hole, gradually ingesting 2631C s immense halo of gasses The accretion disk generated a barrage of broad spectrum emissions, and Naiobe s eccentric orbit produced perpetual, unpredictable gravity tides which eddied around the area of 2631C and the massive supergiant stars which had been its sisters Basically, Hellgate is an area where space is easily manipulated Where a ship can appear at one point in space, and appear in a different area the next second due to random wormholes formed by a blackhole It s also an area where random gravity wells can form, and unsuspecting carrier ships could easily disappear in a wormhole, and appear in many pieces elsewhere.Neil Travers is Master Sargeant of the super carrier ship named the Intrepid, which has spent three years at The Drift His relationship with the very privateers think space pirates he s charged with hunting in The Drift will be his connection with Curtis Marin, an assassin from a secret organization with an agenda.First and foremost, Hellgate is not your typical M M science fiction romance Think of it as science fiction with main gay characters, and where focus is on the plot and not necessarily the romantic relationship between Neil and Curtis I think the quote above regarding The Drift is a great example of the type of science fiction readers will be getting themselves into Mel Keegan doesn t skimp on the details in the construction of this universe note how I avoid the term world building It wouldn t be quite accurate, as this is beyond just a single world he s giving us a whole universe Hellgate flourishes, yet also suffers, from the amount of detail and information that is provided in this alternative universe where humans have reached the stars There is a lot of information to absorb If you are one to hate details, then Hellgate may not be the book for you as you ll drown in all the info dumping.It also becomes evident that this book being the first in a series is a setup for things to come Sure, there s some action here and there, but the pace felt very slow in the grand scheme of things Our main characters don t even meet until about a third of a way into the book, which is quite substantial considering the size of this novel However, the details of this universe is so engrossing that even I could appreciate the attention to everything from the current political turmoil between the home worlds and the Deep Sky colonies to the history of human colonization supplied by the author.At first, there seems to be all these different conflicts in the story the brink of revolution between the home worlds and the Deep Sky colonies, the forced conscription of all seventeen year old teenagers to serve five year terms in Fleet, the secret organization of Dendra Shemiji, and the alien threat of the Zunshu I was worried the book was going to tackleproblems than it can handle, but Mel Keegan is a masterful storyteller By the end of book one, I was very impressed with the way he s able to make all these different conflicts weave into one encompassing plot.Asides from the slow pacing, the only other big issue I had is with characterizations Don t get me wrong, The Rabelais Alliance has a wonderful cast of characters Unfortunately, it felt like Travers and Curtis were the least interesting of the bunch, and at times felt a bit indistinct from one another.So overall, I recommend The Rabelais Alliance for the plot driven science fiction enthusiasts who s not afraid to be swimming in a sea of detail required to create an engrossing universe While the pacing is slow and the main characters weren t as engaging as I hoped, the story managed grab hold of my curiosity There is excellent universe building, but my inner romantic was disappointed as the focus isn t on the relationship Those looking for a science fiction romance novel may want to look elsewhere.Note you can download a 10% sample from the author s webpage at That is pretty significant for a 185,000 word novel And plus, there s illustrations of the cast of characters there as well

  3. Lady*M Lady*M says:

    Edited after second reading December, 2013 I decided to detract a star from my original rating This doesn t mean that the book is bad in any way The situation in the world of Hellgate is so complex that it needs extensive world building for the reader to understand what is happening And the world building is great but can be exhausting.The story is set two centuries after the events in the NARC series The human world has expended further into space and the colonies we know from NARC are no Edited after second reading December, 2013 I decided to detract a star from my original rating This doesn t mean that the book is bad in any way The situation in the world of Hellgate is so complex that it needs extensive world building for the reader to understand what is happening And the world building is great but can be exhausting.The story is set two centuries after the events in the NARC series The human world has expended further into space and the colonies we know from NARC are now old Middle Sky colonies The new colonies The Deep Sky lie in the vicinity of Hellgate, the unstable area around black hole that influences the surrounding space, gravity, time Archeological discovery of a muchdeveloped civilization which was obliterated by evenadvanced and terrible enemy is discovered in the Deep Sky and prompted the Terran Confederation to heavily tax the colonies and conscript all the citizens male and female at the age of 17 for five years of mandatory military service They are building the super carriers hoping that a massive fleet would be able to defend the humans But, the colonies don t know the real reasons for conscription and they became resentful of distant Earth They want autonomy and they are ready to fight for their independence.Our two protagonists Marin and Travers come together in the middle of this complex situation One is an assassin, member of a secret society started by the survivors among Resalq, the obliterated alien specie, who have integrated into human society The other is a Sergeant aboard the carrier that patrols the Hellgate The novel follows several plot lines and when they converge, the reader must shudder with the enormity of the task in front of the characters It s exciting and it s scary and I m certain the future books would be evenso The action should also be quicker, now that the world building is out of the way.Original review June, 2012 Almost, but not quite 4 stars.Like in the case of NARC, Keegan s other SF series, the first book in Hellgate series is a set up piece it introduces you to all the major players, political situation, the approaching threat from the unknown, alien species Therefore, sometimes the story and the characters get buried under the weight of all information Still, I liked the idea of Dendra Shemiji, Resalq, Zunshu and rebelling colonies As always, Keegan s world is incredibly detailed and logical Admittedly, I wasn t as enad with Marin and Travers as I was by Jarrat and Stone, but it s early days there are foursequels after this one and the final book should be published this year The book will not be for everyone this is a pure SF and you have to be a fan to fully appreciate it But, still, I recommend it

  4. Dash Dash says:

    One of the few books I was unable to put down The story is fast paced, the characters are well drawn and likeable, gripping plot and great world building It takes a bit to get into the specifics of the technology but the author takes time to walk the reader through, explaining in growing detail the economy and politics involved There are several plots going on, a lot of suspense and action combined with a very believable couple This is no gay romance, it s a science fiction with two male cha One of the few books I was unable to put down The story is fast paced, the characters are well drawn and likeable, gripping plot and great world building It takes a bit to get into the specifics of the technology but the author takes time to walk the reader through, explaining in growing detail the economy and politics involved There are several plots going on, a lot of suspense and action combined with a very believable couple This is no gay romance, it s a science fiction with two male characters that are lovers In the world of Mel Keegan s Hellgate, gender is neither issue nor easy to determine with lots of shades of grey in between.A worth read, it leaves the reader satisfied with the ending but also very willing to go for the next installment, Deep Sky

  5. Silke Silke says:

    Seriously one of the best scifi Books I read in a long long time People who search for m m Erotic and some scifi are wrong with this Book But if you want to read about an absolutly amazing scifi World with a big mysterous villain , lots of other books six all in all if I am right and yeah two amazing Mainchars who are gay but the Story is not all about there Relationship which is refreshing should read it I will now start with the Second Part.

  6. Kiki Kiki says:

    2.5 This had the bones of a good story interesting background, likeable characters, nice developing relationship but the good stuff comes close to being lost in the deluge of details that are dumped in large, indigestible chunks So it ended up being paradoxically both engaging and tedious I ended up skimming, and am still interested in knowing what happens next while reluctant to commit myself to following the story further.

  7. George George says:

    I must be enjoying it, I just spent 30.00 on the next three sequels, on kindle, pricey for old ebooks I hope Keegan gets most of it.

  8. Susana Susana says:

    4.5 stars

  9. Michael Joseph Michael Joseph says:

    My full review can be read on my blog My full review can be read on my blog

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