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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Redshift is the first installment of Tyler E. C. Burnworth's military sci-fi series, By Blood Or By Star. After the destruction of his home planet, Milune, Abraham Zeeben develops a fierce hatred toward the Riskar, a seemingly invasive alien empire. Barely escaping with their lives, Abraham, his father, and his brother seek sanctuary in Veranda, where his father is content to live as a farmer. However, Abraham's thirst for vengeance compels him to enlist in the Human Marine Corps, joining his childhood friend Larry and his school bully Digger. Soon, Abraham finds himself falling for his commanding officer, Ensign Seneca. When news of an attack on Veranda reaches Abraham's ears, he finds himself further fueled by hatred of the Riskar. But things may not be as they seem.
Author Tyler E. C. Burnworth's sci-fi military saga is a banger of a novel. Suave political maneuvering, thrilling action, and entertaining banter amongst soldiers make Redshift a pulsating page-turner that you can't put down. With an intricate plot that moves briskly, Burnworth keeps the reader hooked on every page. The attention to detail in worldbuilding impressed me a lot as it helps the reader to immerse themselves further in the story. The characters are well-realized, with distinct personalities that make them thoroughly compelling to read. Abraham and Larry were my personal favorites, but I also enjoyed Abraham's dynamic with Digger. The action scenes are described vividly, which helps to picture them in the reader's mind. I would recommend Redshift to anyone who wants an epic sci-fi saga.