3 Bells – embers of war (Gareth L. Powell) – It’s Sci-Fi Month!

#SciFiMonth: 1-30 November 2020

Ahoy me mateys!  Grab your grog!  Here be book 1 of the 10th installment of the 3 Bells trilogy showcase where for 3 days straight I will be reviewing 3 books in a row.  The catch is that the 3 books will showcase an entire trilogy.  So throw your 3 sheets to the wind and get ready to celebrate with me.  Grog optional . . .

So have ye been hearing rumors of the ship Trouble Dog and her awesomeness?  I sure have and thought it be time to track her down and hear her tale.  Turns out it definitely be a yarn worth seeking.

Trouble Dog is not just any ship.  She be a former warship who resigned her commission to join the House of Reclamation as a penance for her war crimes.  The House is dedicated to the grand ideal of rescuing ships in distress across the universe regardless of their origin or race.  Trouble Dog tries to save lives to make a small tally against those she has harmed.  But rescues start going poorly and the ship and her crew are pulled into a conflict they want no part of.

Of course me salty heart belongs to Trouble Dog.  She rocks and by far was the best yarn-spinner of the bunch.  I could listen to her all night.  Her Captain, Sal, be a decent sort as well.  Her insights into the trials and tribulations were much needed intelligence.  They have a rough time of it.  We didn’t get nearly enough time with Clay who seems to be me type of gal.  Nod the “alien” has a weird perspective but he grew on me.  The other misfits that Trouble Dog has to allow on board weren’t always to me taste.  To be honest I don’t know if I would want any of them on me crew.  But Trouble Dog can do as she must.

I only got the first part of the story but it was full of adventure and daring-do.  I have to admit that I have a hankering about what happens next.  Stay tuned for book two tomorrow.  Arrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

The sentient warship Trouble Dog was built for violence, yet following a brutal war, she is disgusted by her role in a genocide. Stripped of her weaponry and seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing ships in distress. When a civilian ship goes missing in a disputed system, Trouble Dog and her new crew of loners, captained by Sal Konstanz, are sent on a rescue mission.

Meanwhile, light years away, intelligence officer Ashton Childe is tasked with locating the poet, Ona Sudak, who was aboard the missing spaceship. What Childe doesn’t know is that Sudak is not the person she appears to be. A straightforward rescue turns into something far more dangerous, as Trouble Dog, Konstanz and Childe find themselves at the centre of a conflict that could engulf the entire galaxy. If she is to save her crew, Trouble Dog is going to have to remember how to fight…

To visit the author’s twitter go to:

Gareth L. Powell – Author

To buy the novel please visit:

embers of war – Book 1

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

7 thoughts on “3 Bells – embers of war (Gareth L. Powell) – It’s Sci-Fi Month!

  1. The Embers of War trilogy is one of the best space opera series I read recently, and I’m so very glad you enjoyed your first encounter with Trouble Dog and its crew 🙂
    There is more – and better – that waits for you along the road and I’m looking forward to your reviews of the other books! Thanks for sharing!


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