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The Refugee

Book 1, The Korvali Chronicles

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A human geneticist. An alien refugee. And a xenophobic people who want their citizen returned to his native planet… at any cost.

When Eshel arrives on Starship Cornelia, no one knows what to make of him or his cold, arrogant personality. Catherine, fellow scientist and the only human Eshel trusts, helps him navigate the world of “outsiders”… but she can only teach him so much. Eshel faces those who don’t understand or trust him, political barriers to conducting his prized scientific work, and other challenges he never anticipated. When he crosses the line by violating one of his people’s most rigid taboos, Eshel must face his own internal struggle… until he discovers that he has a far more treacherous enemy. 

The first book in the Korvali Chronicles trilogy, here’s what readers are saying about The Refugee:

“I would put this book on par with works by the old masters such as Robert Heinlein and Asimov.” - Goodreads reader

“I’ve been reading science fiction for 50+ years and grew up on the masters… I’m excited to find an author who lives up to the hype.” - J.D., sci-fi reader

“I read a lot of sci-fi, my favorites being Foundation, Dune, Ringworld, Hyperion, and the Ender books. All that to say: I can't believe I got to meet someone who could keep up! Well done and thank you!” - A.D., sci-fi reader

“In a genre that tends to be dated and full of formula-driven clichés, this book is a welcome change…” - reader

“Fabulous story line with superb character development and depth.” - reader

If you love classic science fiction or Star Trek, you’ll love the Korvali Chronicles series! Download The Refugee today and immerse yourself in a new series!

Customer Reviews

A delightful and intriguing read

The Refugee (The Korvali Chronicles Book 1) is the first installment of a series of books by C.A. Hartman.
It is the story of a refugee from a xenophobic race of people that have very advanced technologies especially where genetics is concerned and thus the reason for their xenophobia. They do not wish to share any of their knowledge with outsiders, including their language. The story centers around two characters, one being the refugee, Eshel and his genetic differences from the others on the ship, not to mention his difficulty in interacting and developing relationships. The other is Catherine, a geneticist on the starship Cornelia.
Hartman’s own real-world experience and knowledge, as a geneticist, are evident in her story telling. The scientific terms and explanations are easy to understand, and it is apparent she loves the science and wants the world, not only in her book, but the real world at large to be excited about it as well.
There are lots of characters to get to know and Hartman does a great job of character development as well as universe building in a way that is palatable, especially where several races of aliens are concerned. The interpersonal development of the relationships between crewmembers is integral to the story as it helps to understand the motivation driving each.
There is much intrigue, with lots of twists and turns, making it a book I did not want to put down.
Hartman employs a number of different writing techniques and one that I found charming was the letters home interspersed between some of the chapters.
The Refugee is a delightful and quick read. I wish it were longer and can’t wait for future installments.

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The Refugee
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Published: May 19, 2014
  • Publisher: 5280 Press
  • Seller: Christie Hartman
  • Print Length: 350 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Korvali Chronicles
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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