Title - Beyond the Stars: Ineo
Author - Kelly Beltz
Publisher - CreateSpace
Date Published - 2011
# of pages - 476
In this exciting sequel to Beyond the Stars: Kataria, our heroine, the physicist Samantha, believes she has put her troubles behind her after accidentally boarding a Katarian spaceship docked on Earth's orbiting Space resort. But her return to Earth will have to wait. Her friend and the ship's doctor, Urit, confesses to the crew that the Dreons, a Katarian enemy, have kidnapped his daughter Nia. With a broken treaty and the risk of war, Samantha joins her love Gaelan and the crew in a desperate pursuit of the Dreon ship before it's too late. Meanwhile, Samantha has a seemingly greater problem to deal with: an ancient celestial being known as an Ineo has inadvertently taken refuge inside her. The Ineo, although passive in nature, allows her to do seemingly impossible things. But Samantha struggles with utilizing and controlling her new skills. As word spreads about her abilities, Samantha risks losing everything and must fight to survive. Fast paced with riveting action sequences, Kelly Beltz’s follow-up to her award winning debut is an epic saga of love, hope, and adventure set amidst the fast evolving world of Space travel. Beyond the Stars: Ineo is a suspenseful, thought provoking voyage to the farthest reaches of your imagination.
What a ride! I read Beyond the Stars: Kataria earlier in the year and was very happy to have the sequel near at hand. The ending had been exciting and with all the loose ends plus a cliff-hanger I needed to know what would happen next.
Beyond the Stars: Kataria was pure fun. Samantha (Sami) wants nothing more than to get back to her children at the space resort near Earth. But as a scientist she is absolutely fascinated by the presence of aliens and traveling in their space ship. We get to meet both the Katarians and Dreons in the first book. This second book has both those and so much more. I enjoyed learning all about them. The story has lots of adventure in it. I thought the Dreons were scary in the last book. I was wrong! There are even more scary aliens in Ineo and even weirder sentient beings.
This includes the Ineo which is an invisible being that basically takes possession of Sami's body when she is in trouble and needs help the most. It was a bit of mystery why the Ineo wanted to help Sami until the end of the story. This kept me interested even more. I wanted to know what was going on, not just if Sami and the gang would survive all the crazy things that were happening but also what the motivations of this being were.
I mentioned in my previous review that I felt bogged down by all the back-story at the beginning of Kataria. Sami's story with Jack comes back full force with the addition of the Ineo. This is where the romance aspect of the book gets real juicy because not only is Sami falling in love with Gaelen she has what feels like the real Jack right in front of her to hold as well. Does she tell Gaelen about this or does she let this become a secret between them? Watching Sami make these decisions was at times heart-breaking and heart-warming.
Beyond the Stars: Ineo is so far my favourite science fiction romance. The adventure is a thrill, the romance is sweet, and there are so many fascinating beings and interesting technology to read about.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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