AN EPIC TALE, A CLASH OF TWO UNIVERSES
Disgraced scientist, Captain Anton Ekels, seizes the opportunity for redemption he recognizes in the Endeavor’s near-collision with an alien stasis pod. Expelled from the mouth of a remote wormhole, the capsule–once taken onboard the deep space research vessel–reveals clues that the captain believes may link its female humanoid occupant to an alternate reality. A student of Earth’s space exploration history, Ekels quickly recognizes a plaque similar to that attached to the twentieth century’s Pioneer space probes–but the universe described is potentially unlike anything ever encountered by the Intragalactic Science Consortium.
SIX-HUNDRED YEARS EARLIER
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORMHOLE
Grand Master G’lea and her assistant, Master T’reau, aim their innovative celestiscope skyward and make a heretical discovery. Suppressed and warped by influential P’nesian Clerics, this startling revelation further secures the dominance of the Grand Conclave, enhances the mystery of the Heavenly Visitors and seals the fate of G’lea and T’reau.
Despite the best efforts of the Grand Conclave the legend of the Grand Master and her assistant lives on in hand-copied, forbidden books, the furtive whisperings of radical academics and the tall tales of drunken sailors on the island of Lolus.
Hundreds of years later, on this oft-denigrated island, unique circumstances unite a sea captain raised on those whispered tall tales with the estranged son of the powerful P’nesian Archcleric. Aboard the Vagus, A’zra and G’regor begin an adventure that not only challenges entrenched religious beliefs, but eventually inspires a much greater scientific leap–towards the Celestial Ocean and beyond.
PIERCING THE CELESTIAL OCEAN
THE SAGA OF THE CERULEAN UNIVERSE BEGINS
5/5 This is the beginning of a grand epic space opera series!
Piercing the Celestial Ocean is indeed truly epic. Eccentric but believable characters that seem perfectly alive. Well-done dialog is what works here. Even when we are deep within the alternate universe the characters are real. I did have a learning curve witht he names, but once I got the hang of them the story simply flowed.
I got the feeling of “The Foundation Series” by Isaac Asimov. Highly recommended.
~ Greg Brown
About Kip Koelsch
Piercing the Celestial Ocean is Kip Koelsch’s third novel and the first book in a new science fiction series–The Saga of the Cerulean Universe. He is the author of two award-winning technothrillers, Wendall’s Lullaby and Delphys Rising.
Koelsch got his start writing “books” with crayons in Mrs. Cook’s second grade class in Leonardo, NJ. A one-time freelance magazine writer, he currently blogs about writing, critical thinking, outdoor adventure sports, paddling and his current fiction projects. Koelsch has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Media from Rutgers University in NJ and a Master’s Degree in Humanities and American Studies from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.
A deep love for the environment, and the oceans in particular, started as a young boy–nurtured by The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, National Geographic Magazine and the family’s vacation trips to the beach at Anna Maria Island, Florida, and tent camping at Lake George, New York.
Koelsch currently lives in Dunedin, Florida with his wife and cats.
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