Major Henry Broncon miraculously survives a battle with Ansker soldiers on the planet Morad. He is found under a pile of corpses, the only survivor; his best friend and the whole of his brigade remain in the field of death. Broncon is fully acquitted, receives a medal for bravery and is promoted to the rank of Brigadier, but he cannot forgive himself and he feels responsible for falling into the Ansker trap.
Shortly after, the Anskers are beaten and the war ends. The winning terrestrial colonies receive ownership of a system called Naude, comprised of various planets including Godeena. On the surface of Godeena there is a huge, completely preserved but uninhabited city that scientists have named the Absolute. Analysis of the city reveals no signs of life. A team of scientists is sent to investigate what has happened to the people and animals of Absolute. A few days later the team is attacked and contact with the scientists is lost. The General Staff sends two teams of Special Forces to find out what has happened to the expedition but they also disappear, leaving no trace.
The Commander of the General Staff, General Hensell, is personally involved with the mystery. He requests Brigadier Henry Broncon to gather a unit, composed of the worst inmates from the inescapable prison, Had, to investigate what is happening on Godeena. Henry accepts this task and collects 17 prisoners, each with unique skills. Among them is Maria, who possesses enormous psychic powers and has a wicked second personality called Kir.
The unusual team of criminals, led by Broncon, travels to Godeena to discover what terrors await them there.
5 ***** stars!
|Wow! Talk about a riveting, suspense- packed book! I couldn’t put it down!
A cyber war hero-general is sent to Hades, a planet used only to house the worst-of-the-worst criminals, and from which there is no escape. If one ends up there, one dies there. Period. No exceptions. He must get 15 prisoners with skills he needs for a dangerous mission. A mission that has proved fatal to others sent to a mysterious planet, in order to try to rescue one lone survivor, his boss’s granddaughter, who is a scientist. Whichever of the prisoners survive, upon completion of the mission will be given a new identity and their criminal records wiped clean. What in the world can be so dangerous, so powerful, that has killed just about everyone else that has gone to Godeena? They have no idea what to expect, what awaits them… they only know that whatever it is, is extremely dangerous.
If you like sci-fi, or a good thriller, you will enjoy this book…. I highly recommend!
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Stjepan!
Interview with Stjepan Cobets:
twogalsandabook: Did you always want to be an author-poet?
Stjepan Cobets: Sincerely, I didn’t think I would become a poet, I did not think I’d be a writer at all. I started to write because it was somehow easier to put my feelings on paper. As I write, it relaxes me because I enjoy leaving my thoughts on white paper.
twogalsandabook: At what age did you start writing?
Stjepan Cobets: At the age of fourteen, I wrote the first poem.
twogalsandabook: What ambitions do you have for your writing career?
Stjepan Cobets: My biggest ambition was to publish my books and in that, I succeeded. It would be nice if I could live from writing, if a famous publisher saw me and published one of my books, but after 33 years of work at the cement plant ambitions are very modest. Writing is my hobby and fun.
twogalsandabook: Are you an avid reader, and if so, have you always loved reading?
Stjepan Cobets: I have loved reading since childhood when I started reading fairy tales. Over time, I read more and more, and at home, I have almost a thousand books. When I see a book, it is the same when I see the chocolate I would have liked to eat it (read it).
twogalsandabook: Do you think any books or authors influenced your writing style?
Stjepan Cobets: There were a lot of writers, but I try to write in a distinctive way, trying not to copy anyone.
twogalsandabook: Do you have any favorite books/ authors or poets?
Stjepan Cobets: To write the names of all the authors I like, I would need a whole separate interview. Some of my many favorites are: Pablo Neruda, Tin Ujević, Sergei Yesenin, Jules Verne, George RR Martin, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Mark Twain, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Frank Herbert, Lois McMaster Bujold and much more writer.
twogalsandabook: What else would you care to share with us about yourself?
Stjepan Cobets: I love my family, drawing, music, my garden, my pets, the sea, the mountains, nature in general, movies, PC games and many more things that relax me.
twogalsandabook: Where is your favorite place to write? Do you have any special writing rituals or atmosphere?
Stjepan Cobets: Poetry and ideas for books can be written everywhere, but for writing a book I need a more peaceful atmosphere.
twogalsandabook: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Stjepan Cobets: Read as much as you can and never give up writing because with time you will become better and better.
twogalsandabook: How do you deal with writer’s block?
Stjepan Cobets: I just do not try to do anything by force, just doing something else until I get the idea in my head.
twogalsandabook: How do you deal with negative reviews or criticism?
Stjepan Cobets: I think it is best not to react to criticism. For now, no man was born who would please everyone. But if the criticisms are well-intentioned I try to correct my mistakes because no one is perfect.
twogalsandabook: What inspired you to write “Godeena”?
Stjepan Cobets: Initially, I had an idea of my character Broncon from the book on the battlefield where he only survives, and then I left the story wondering what would happen next. Honestly, I did not know where I will take the rest of the story, it just expanded and supplemented.
twogalsandabook: Did you have to do any research for the book?
Stjepan Cobets: Initially not too much, but after a few well-intentioned criticisms, I began to explore some of the things that matter to me in the book. I invented the most of weapon and story because the action in my book happening in the distant future.
twogalsandabook: How long did “Godeena” take to write from conception to the end?
Stjepan Cobets: I first wrote the first version of the book for three months in 1999, but w I first published it in 2015; I’ve added maybe twenty pages to the story looked better and convincing. I changed the story from the first person to the third person.
twogalsandabook: Did you ever hit a snag when writing the book?
Stjepan Cobets: After a few thousand words into the book I simply got stuck, so I would stop writing, but fortunately I always carry paper and pencil because my ideas come to me in the places you would least expect.
twogalsandabook: What was the hardest part of writing “Godeena”?
Stjepan Cobets: The hardest thing for me was to translate a book into English. Unfortunately, the man who translated the book, he didn’t do the best, so I had to catch that job. I’m honestly not the best with the English language and I made up for learning, fortunately, there are good people who helped me with that process. In the end, the English proofreader read it all and corrected my grammar.
twogalsandabook: Do you think writing a futuristic sci-fi novel– creating worlds, races, and technologies from your imagination made writing the book easier or harder?
Stjepan Cobets: It does not seem to me a problem because I am a fan of science fiction and fantasy books.
twogalsandabook: What inspired you to make Henry Broncon a cyber warrior?
Stjepan Cobets: Maybe because of the movie Terminator, maybe because of some books I’ve read. But at the beginning of the book he was a common man, but after the massacre, he deliberately changed to cyber for revenge and desire for death because he felt responsible for what had happened.
twogalsandabook: Who would you recommend reading “Godeena”?
Stjepan Cobets: I would recommend it to all lovers of science fiction who love action, adventure and military stories.
twogalsandabook: Has a trailer been made for the book?
Stjepan Cobets: I and my very good friend Denis made a trailer for my book. It’s my textual part, and everything else is made by my friend. He made a miracle with music and video, which is why I am very grateful to him.
and a different one:
twogalsandabook: If “Godeena” were adapted for tv. series or movie, who can you imagine playing the main characters?
Stjepan Cobets: Jason Statham or Clive Owen
twogalsandabook: Will there be a sequel to “Godeena” or will it be part of a series”
Stjepan Cobets: I have the idea to continue Godeena and a few pages written, but I have not yet started with this project.
twogalsandabook: What other books have you written?
Stjepan Cobets: I have published three poetry collections: When the Moon Takes Over the Dream: Love Poetry, The Child of Happiness and The Flaming Horses.
twogalsandabook: Are you working on anything now? Can we expect to see anything soon?
Stjepan Cobets: I’m currently working on translating the Sci-Fi novel The Dream of the Forest. It is a dystopian novel located on earth. I have a few more ideas for new books and short stories, but translating takes me a lot of time, so I’ve neglected it a bit. I’ve writ a few fable and fairy tales for children, but they are currently awaiting publishing because I have to draw some pictures.
twogalsandabook: Are there any social media platforms readers can connect with you on?
Stjepan Cobets: My author pages can be found on Facebook and Goodreads
(*note: interview with Stjepan Cobets after reading “The Child of Happiness” can be found previously on the blog.)
Stjepan Cobets Bio:
I was born 12.09.1965 in Split, Croatia. I live and work in Kastel Sucurac, where I finished my elementary and secondary schooling. At a very young age, I started reading. I loved it because, through books, I travelled to places I could never visit in person. As a child, I loved fairy tales and adventure, but later I discovered other genres. When I found a Jules Verne book in the library, I became fascinated by science fiction. I’ve written poetry for fifteen years, and later started writing science fiction. Lately, I’ve written children’s fairy tales and fables. I’ve published, in Croatia, “An Opened Heart” in 2002, “The Sleepy Way” in 2005, and “Love” in 2006. On Amazon I have published the poetry collections “The Child of Happiness” in 2015, science fiction novel “Godeena” in 2015, the science fiction short story “Butterfly” in 2016, the poetry collection “When the moon takes over the dream: Love Poetry” in 2016, the poetry collection “The flaming horses: Collection of poetry” and I translate my new Sci-Fi novel “The Dream of the Forest”.
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