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No-one comes in peace. Every being in the galaxy wants something, and is willing to take it by force. The Hedalt were no different. They came from the distant reaches of the galaxy to wage war. Their fleet wanted to take Earth for its prize, but we were ready. We were stronger.For years, we fought them, ship-to-ship, until we scattered their forces and drove them back. Pursuing the Hedaltstronger.For No-one comes in peace. Every being in the galaxy wants something, and is willing to take it by force. The Hedalt were no different. They came from the distant reaches of the galaxy to wage war. Their fleet wanted to take Earth for its prize, but we were ready. We were stronger.For years, we fought them, ship-to-ship, until we scattered their forces and drove them back. Pursuing the Hedalt fleet to their home world, we delivered the decisive blow. We nuked their planet and wiped them out for good.Or so we thought.For decades, Earth Fleet sent out Deep Space Recon missions to scour the galaxy and clean up the remnants of the Hedalt Empire. Eventually, we found only ghosts – empty outposts and long-dead colonies. But, close to the edge of known space, I – Captain Taylor Ray – and my crew are about to make a discovery that will change everything. The war isn’t over. The war has yet to begin.


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No-one comes in peace. Every being in the galaxy wants something, and is willing to take it by force. The Hedalt were no different. They came from the distant reaches of the galaxy to wage war. Their fleet wanted to take Earth for its prize, but we were ready. We were stronger.For years, we fought them, ship-to-ship, until we scattered their forces and drove them back. Pursuing the Hedaltstronger.For No-one comes in peace. Every being in the galaxy wants something, and is willing to take it by force. The Hedalt were no different. They came from the distant reaches of the galaxy to wage war. Their fleet wanted to take Earth for its prize, but we were ready. We were stronger.For years, we fought them, ship-to-ship, until we scattered their forces and drove them back. Pursuing the Hedalt fleet to their home world, we delivered the decisive blow. We nuked their planet and wiped them out for good.Or so we thought.For decades, Earth Fleet sent out Deep Space Recon missions to scour the galaxy and clean up the remnants of the Hedalt Empire. Eventually, we found only ghosts – empty outposts and long-dead colonies. But, close to the edge of known space, I – Captain Taylor Ray – and my crew are about to make a discovery that will change everything. The war isn’t over. The war has yet to begin.

30 review for The Contingency

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meenaz Lodhi

    “We know what we are, but know not what we may be…” What began as a normal space recon mission turned out into an intricate, intriguing mystery, with an amazing twist in the plot. An unsuspecting turn of events, and daunting revelations lend to the story sufficient spice to make it so exciting! The human soul and feelings come into play and forces a thoughtful and provocative debate. It’s about survival, courage and love. The storyline is very original and unique, a wonderful surprise! The “We know what we are, but know not what we may be…” What began as a normal space recon mission turned out into an intricate, intriguing mystery, with an amazing twist in the plot. An unsuspecting turn of events, and daunting revelations lend to the story sufficient spice to make it so exciting! The human soul and feelings come into play and forces a thoughtful and provocative debate. It’s about survival, courage and love. The storyline is very original and unique, a wonderful surprise! The characters are beautifully created with vivid detail. The gripping plot draws you in and holds you there. I’m keeping close tabs on this new Sci-fi series. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and my review is entirely voluntary.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    The writing: Verbose, with overlong sentences. Everything explained truly well, including the obvious, which really takes the fun out of things. Repetitive. Juvenile humour. Overabundance of metaphors. Some grammatical blunders. The writing irritated me so much that I had a hard time immersing myself into the story. With the plot twist in the middle of the book, the writing became tighter and more focussed for a while, but then wandered off again into over-explaining mode. It almost felt as The writing: Verbose, with overlong sentences. Everything explained truly well, including the obvious, which really takes the fun out of things. Repetitive. Juvenile humour. Overabundance of metaphors. Some grammatical blunders. The writing irritated me so much that I had a hard time immersing myself into the story. With the plot twist in the middle of the book, the writing became tighter and more focussed for a while, but then wandered off again into over-explaining mode. It almost felt as if written by somebody else for a while. Alas, ... The characters: Barely developed characters. Interchangeable and immature. Casey reminded me of Jar Jar Binks and was really annoying. The Hedalt remained blanks. In that case it would have been nice to get at least a little information. If the humans didn’t know what the Hedalt look like, why not say so? Did I miss something in the beginning? The plot: Light space opera. Not a lot of world building, very little backstory. Nice twist in the middle. It took the tale into a more unusual direction and offered something new. The next major plot development after that was a bit too much too soon. It all needed more depth, there wasn‘t enough meat to it. The epilogue (wasn‘t called that, but felt like it) was nice. The story idea was not bad and had its moments. I wish the first half of the book had been only half or a third as long. As it was, the plotting felt uneven. Would I recommend this or get it for a friend? No. I received this free e-copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley as well as BookSirens, in exchange for an honest review, thank you! Sorry, I just didn‘t like this much.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christi M

    This is a science fiction novel I see in two very different lights. The Contingency that I started reading and the one I ended with were so very different from each other. It was a cohesive story line, but the reality of the story I was reacting too at the beginning was not the one I was reading in the end. Thoughts: To be perfectly honest, I didn’t begin the story connecting with any of the characters. When the story opens the four-person crew is near the end of a long deep space recon missio/>

  4. 5 out of 5

    Charles Remington

    Captain Taylor Ray and his small crew of three are on a four-year mission to search the outer reaches of the galaxy for any remnants of the conquered Hedalt, an alien species against whom the earth has fought a terrible war. The Contingency, by SF author G.J. Ogden, tells how the crew receive a faint anomalous signal from a nearby planetary system, and believing it to be an old Hedalt beacon, they decide to investigate. Making landfall and after negotiating an ancient lava tube, they find what a Captain Taylor Ray and his small crew of three are on a four-year mission to search the outer reaches of the galaxy for any remnants of the conquered Hedalt, an alien species against whom the earth has fought a terrible war. The Contingency, by SF author G.J. Ogden, tells how the crew receive a faint anomalous signal from a nearby planetary system, and believing it to be an old Hedalt beacon, they decide to investigate. Making landfall and after negotiating an ancient lava tube, they find what appears to be a long-deserted underground space station housing a large number of ships, repair shops and equipment. Shockingly, they also find stasis tubes containing the long-dead remains of Hedalt troopers - at least, that is how it appears until an empty stasis tube is discovered. So begins a desperate firefight - a fight against a seemingly invincible foe, but a fight that in the end leads to an astounding turn of events. Not to give away too much of the plot, I will simply say that from this point the narrative takes an astonishing and unexpected turn and we find that far from being over, as Captain Taylor Ray and his crew believed, the war against the Hedalt has hardly begun. The Contingency is classic space opera, though I must say that the author G.J. Ogden has included some cunning twists in his tale which managed to surprise even this old experienced reviewer. The book is well-written, with a pace just a little slower than average in places. The characters are solid, rounded and believable and the situations, though sometimes necessarily complex, are lucidly described. As a fan of the genre, I enjoyed The Contingency - I think Mr Ogden has launched what I believe will be a very successful new series. Highly recommended - sci-fi fans will not be disappointed with this novel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Space Cowgirl

    Ghost👻In The Machine🚀💫 "Every living creature in the universe wants something and is willing to take it by force. " It's Deep Space💫, and YOU Are There. It's Bold, it's Realistic, it's Streaming, it should be a 🎥Movie! It's a book that will totally immerse you in it's realism. This is the best sci-fi🚀 I have read in years! The characters are real people with wants, needs, feelings. They are the best at what they do, but they aren't superheroes. What a book! Gifted aut Ghost👻In The Machine🚀💫 "Every living creature in the universe wants something and is willing to take it by force. " It's Deep Space💫, and YOU Are There. It's Bold, it's Realistic, it's Streaming, it should be a 🎥Movie! It's a book that will totally immerse you in it's realism. This is the best sci-fi🚀 I have read in years! The characters are real people with wants, needs, feelings. They are the best at what they do, but they aren't superheroes. What a book! Gifted author, Ogden📚, writes an extremely realistic tale of a small human crew in a deep space💫 mop up operation. There was a knock down, drag out war with a horrid alien species called the Hedalt👺, and The humans won. The four man crew, two women and two men, are sent on a years long voyage to the outer reaches of space to seek and destroy the last remnants of the Hedalt👺 alien forces. They must be completely exterminated, such is the awful and extreme nature of the ancient alien species, who had spread widely across the universe. They are a threat to mankind. The crew has equipment to seek out the electronic signals particular to the alien's bases and technology. Throughout their searching, they only get 👻ghost signals, the Hedalt👺 bases they locate have already been destroyed or abandoned or the signals are false echoes. Until one day, near the very end of their years in space💫, they get a signal from the last star✨ system they visit that seems real. They have to check it out......... Every Single One Of us Has The Devil Inside. ARC Received from Booksprout🌱 I both this ebook for $.99 on Amazon Opinions Expressed here are entirely my own. This book is part of a new series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jash

    The Contingency is the first book of the Contingency War series by G.J.Ogden. The book follows the adventures and revelations of Casey Valera, Blake Meade, Taylor Ray, and Satomi Rose. The four are part of a crew that looks for the remnants of an evil race of aliens that had tried to exterminate humanity. In this kind of book it is obvious there is going to be a twist. The thing though is trying to guess what category that twist will fall into. If it will be something like human The Contingency is the first book of the Contingency War series by G.J.Ogden. The book follows the adventures and revelations of Casey Valera, Blake Meade, Taylor Ray, and Satomi Rose. The four are part of a crew that looks for the remnants of an evil race of aliens that had tried to exterminate humanity. In this kind of book it is obvious there is going to be a twist. The thing though is trying to guess what category that twist will fall into. If it will be something like humans were the enemies all along or something else. The twist comes around the midpoint of the book and is a shock. If the author hadn't developed the characters well enough then the twist wouldn't have had as much of an impact. One of the things a first book in a series needs to do is draw your interest to the point you have to read the next book but it still feels like a self-contained story. In fact, that goes for any book in a series but is more important in the first of a series as the ball needs to get rolling somehow. This book does a good job with having a gripping plot, good characters, and a plot that can continue to the next book. I would recommend this to any science fiction fan that likes a mystery.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    An amazing space story. This is not my usually genre, but I’m definitely hooked now. Totally intriguing until the end. Don’t miss out once it’s released.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Greg Braden

    The Premise here is totally new to me . Great Idea . Excellent Character introduction and build-up . I read it , all at once . It keeps pulling at you . I'll be buying the rest of the series . Thanks .

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eric Warren

    Contingency is a fun romp in a new universe with a likeable bunch of characters. And just when you're getting comfortable, the twists and turns hit you like a steamroller. The only thing keeping this from being five stars is the constantly shifting POV's, which is a pet peeve of mine. But it won't keep me from reading the next installment!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nina Wendt

    the book had a unique approach to a space war and genocide of a species. When the twist came I was really surprised. But the twist made the book and now I cant wait to read the whole series. I also liked the development of the characters and was rooting for them. You just meet the protagonist in this book and they seem to kick the story and the potential to where the story can go up several levels. I am anxious to see where it does go! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprou the book had a unique approach to a space war and genocide of a species. When the twist came I was really surprised. But the twist made the book and now I cant wait to read the whole series. I also liked the development of the characters and was rooting for them. You just meet the protagonist in this book and they seem to kick the story and the potential to where the story can go up several levels. I am anxious to see where it does go! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    As always a big thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy to read and review. While I thought the story was decent, I had a hard time connecting with it at the beginning. The story opens with a crew of four that is on a space mission that is nearing its end, it almost gave me vibes of the Amazon show The Expanse. The novel starts off with two of the four crew seemingly goofing off and not taking the regulations of the ship as seriously as they should. Normally that's fine, ho As always a big thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy to read and review. While I thought the story was decent, I had a hard time connecting with it at the beginning. The story opens with a crew of four that is on a space mission that is nearing its end, it almost gave me vibes of the Amazon show The Expanse. The novel starts off with two of the four crew seemingly goofing off and not taking the regulations of the ship as seriously as they should. Normally that's fine, however I felt that this was a bit of a disconnect from a true sci-fi space mission. There is always a beat of regularity and uniformity throughout. But once it was explained hat the crew members were matched based on personality, the humor and lax attitude of the two crew members were were introduced to made a bit more sense. I felt that this was a specific piece of information that maybe should have been made known before the humor was introduced. I felt as of that would have been a better introduction to the story and the mission overall. The further I got into the book, the more I started to enjoy it, It did take me a while to fully get into it as it definitely is a book that you have to pay full attention to. It was hard for me to connect with all of the characters and even though I did start to enjoy the storyline more as the book progressed, I was bothered by my lack of connection with the characters. There is usually at least one I can connect with, but not so much with this one. A solid read for fans of the genre.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie

    A small, quirky crew in an exploratory ship after a decimating war. At the end of a long, boring tour, they come across something unusual. You've heard this one before, you say? This is the part where everything goes sideways. Yes it does. And just when you think you figured it out, another twist comes along. This book will keep you guessing until the end. It does contain a full story arc, no cliff hanger, but leaves open huge questions for further books in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pat Eroh

    I am thrilled to see this is the beginning of a series because I want more. This book has a great storyline and characters that are wonderful. I am so looking forward to Captain Ray and his crew to see what happens next. Do not miss out! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Larry B Gray

    Wow! What a ride. Wow is an appropriate descriptor for this storyline. It was going along great then half through it changed and became awesome. I really enjoyed this book highly recommend it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chuck Burns

    Started off a bit ... weird. But as the story progresses, it really starts to shine. Seems to be a pretty good story. I'm enjoying the series so far.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  17. 5 out of 5

    Danny Wilkerson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Cortez

  19. 5 out of 5

    thomas w. powell, sr

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sam Kaighin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yuosiph

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Wolfe

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Normand

  24. 4 out of 5

    andrew jackson

  25. 5 out of 5

    G.J. Ogden

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Carr

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kody Moser

  28. 4 out of 5

    Denise M Moloy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  30. 5 out of 5

    James McVay

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