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Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
"Beltrunner opens in the style of the early masters of science fiction with a lone miner, Collier, racing against the might of the Corporation to claim an asteroid with hopefully lots of valuable minerals...It’s an excellent opening with pace and intrigue making you want to cheer for the hero and curse that nasty corporation and the people who work for it..Overall, I recommend Beltrunner as a good read on a long journey, say between Alpha Centauri and Deneb..." --Wayne Harris, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Full Review Here
What Reviewers are Saying About Beltrunner
Amazon User Reviews
"This is a fast moving book that leaves you breathless with hair-raising action and unexpected twists. The world creation is well-developed and highly creative. The interactions between Collier and Sancho are particularly entertaining - with Collier coming up with implusive dangerous plans and Sancho trying to talk him out of them. Highly recommended for action space lovers. Now I have to find out what else Sean O'Brien has written."
"I thought this was great. It was fast-paced and the characters and the dialogue were interesting and believable. I became very invested in the friendship between Collier and Sancho."
"Okay, so I never read science fiction or fantasy. How does the mind of an author of this genre work? I was fascinated by it. The book has humor, drama, and yes, even a little romance. I couldn't put it down! Read it!"
Library Thing Reviews
"I found Beltrunner to be engaging and fast-paced. It dealt with a lot of issues such as a sentient computer, game-changing technology that was not human in origin, and above the law corporations, in varying detail. I'd definitely give it a read if you like SciFi."
"I enjoyed this book very much. It as a quick, easy read with few characters who interacted well with each other. The storyline was interesting and very well written...the dialogue keeps you entertained.
If the story of a stubborn astroid miner, his ship's computer...appeals to you - read the book. The ending will surprise you."
"At last! Sci-Fi as it was meant to be, Beltrunner by Sean O'Brien, is a tale of a down-on-his luck, working-stiff ...asteroid miner who uncovers a universe changing alien artifact. The main character is excellently drawn, warts and all, along with the requisite redeeming qualities. The action moves right along, making it an interesting and enjoyable read." -- D. M. McLane
"An entertaining read, fast paced and full of heart that takes the usual space miner concept and ups the ante ten fold to make it fresh and original." --Emily, Goodreads reviewer
Library Journal Review
Five generations into their voyage to Epsilon Eridani III, the shipmates of the colony ship Odyssey eagerly await planetfall, yet troubling issues arise a few months from their arrival. With limited medical supplies, Dr. Jane Helfner struggles to treat children born with severe genetic defects from radiation exposure and opposes the Council, which urges termination of medically disadvantaged infants. Upon landing, the colonists face new challenges and even more troubling moral and ethical problems.
VERDICT--O’Brien’s first novel examines the wide-eyed dreams of space travel and space colonization, which poses tough dilemmas for his protagonists as they grapple with change. Strong, well-developed characters and an idea-driven plot make this a good choice for readers who enjoy thoughtful, purposeful stories.
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"...a classic story of space colonization with timely moral and ethical issues."
A poignant, yet entertaining story about what it means to be human. Definitely worth a read. --Amazon Reviewer Heather E. Hughes
Basically, I loved this book. It was absolutely fascinating...I highly recommend you give it a chance. --Amazon Reviewer Cary Morton