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Sixth Prime (The Prime Saga Book 1) by Dan O'Brien

Sixth Prime, The Prime Saga, Dan O'Brien, book review, science fiction, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received monetary compensation for this honest review.
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: July 22, 2016

Back Cover

A war brews as a galaxy struggles to maintain a peace treaty signed in haste. The Commonwealth boasts sprawling cities built upon slums. The Sovereignty has placed the yoke of industry upon its citizens. Sixteen men and women are connected in a way they cannot yet understand. A murder of a prominent artist begins a chain of events that will ultimately determine the fate of the universe.

Only thirteen will remain.

In the end, there can be only one Prime.

Are you a Prime?


Please note: Since this is a paid review, I will not post it on Goodreads or merchants' websites. As such, I have included a rating and a brief explanation of the rating at the end of the review.

Readers are immediately introduced to Ale Euclid, a well-known artist who prefers order over chaos; a fact that is reflected in a painting that he just finished and named "Constancy." As Ale comes down from a drug-induced meditation of his latest work, he is attacked and brutally murdered by a shadowy figure with red eyes.

While the introduction seems more relevant to a mystery novel than science fiction, it becomes apparent that Euclid's story is a tiny particle when compared to the vast universe that is revealed to readers who venture further into its depths. Euclid is one of sixteen people who are considered "Primes," a group of people who are unknowingly connected to each other, despite their varied and colorful backgrounds. What role these Primes play in the struggle between order and chaos has yet to be revealed; however, we learn that the forces of chaos are bent on killing these paragons of order.

Killing Primes does not seem to be a completely effective way of eliminating order in the universe, but readers soon discover that the forces of chaos are working another angle. Two major political factions in the universe, The Commonwealth and The Sovereignty, have managed to maintain an unsteady peace thus far; however, a subtle push from the forces of chaos could start a war which would upset the delicate balance between order and chaos in the universe.

Using a combination of existentialism and rationalism, O'Brien creates a complex and intellectually challenging universe while frequently changing characters and points-of-view. To make it easier for readers to follow these changes, O'Brien provides us with cleverly-titled chapter breaks coupled with astounding changes in tone, sentence structure, word choice, and underlying philosophical beliefs for each character's point-of-view. In addition to a widely diverse group of characters, O'Brien presents readers with panoramic descriptions of the characters' surroundings to create a truly immersive experience.

Casual science fiction fans may be put off by the frequent point-of-view changes and the philosophical nuances in Sixth Prime; however, serious fans of the genre who are looking for an intellectual and philosophical challenge will be rewarded with an unparalleled view of O'Brien's expansive universe.

Rating: 5/5 - While this book is unlikely to appeal to casual readers, the plot and premise are consistent with what I would expect to find in a science fiction saga. The author's ability to change his writing to match the characters' personalities really made this book shine and, to the best of my knowledge, the book was free of grammatical and spelling errors.

About Dan O'Brien

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Dan O’Brien has written over 50 books, including the bestselling Bitten (which was featured on Conversations Book Club’s Top 100 novels of 2012). Before starting Amalgam, he was the senior editor and marketing director for an international magazine. In addition, he has spent over a decade in the publishing industry as a freelance editor. You can learn more about his literary and publishing consulting business by visiting his website at:
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Update 9/7/19

Sixth Prime is currently available through third-party sellers on Amazon.