Review: The Tritonis Venture by Daniel McMillan

Author: Daniel McMillan
Publisher: Indie
Released: December 16, 2021
Received: Reedsy

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The Tritonis Venture is a novel that first caught my attention thanks to that vibrant blue cover. However, what kept me invested was the promise it made: a cross between Aliens, Ray Bradbury, and Avatar. I mean, who could resist that temptation? Not I!

While artificial islands may be common these days, Jack Fuller is more than a little bit excited to arrive on this one. Granted, that has more to do with the potential of his new job than anything else. However, not all high hopes are allowed to take off, and Jack’s dreams will soon be crushed.

It takes several concerning missing person cases before Jack realizes just how wrong things are here – and that the CEO of his job may just be to blame. But how will Jack break the truth to light – and survive doing so?

“The bottom line was that, in the end, his plans would remain clandestine, and he would use the tools at his disposal to bring the world back to the way it had once been — a world in which the people who deserved to, such as himself, rose above the mundane collective to wield their accumulated power and influence as they saw fit.”

If you’re looking for a fast-paced indie novel that is full of both intrigue and interesting science fiction elements, look no further. The Tritonis Venture by Daniel McMillan is the read for you. At least, it certainly fits the bill for me!

Personally, what sold me on The Tritonis Venture is the perfect balance of characters. First, there’s (unintentional) here. I love a story that throws them into a situation that can’t be ignored, but maybe that’s just me. Then there’s the villain – he’s one of those characters that is just so satisfying to hate. His perspective is the perfect introduction to the story.

I also really enjoyed the amount of creative thinking that must have gone into this book. You can tell that McMillan put a lot of thought into the settings, scenarios, and characters. It all feels so…intentional. And yet, there’s a fun science fiction spin on everything. This book is the perfect example of why I love reading indie science fiction books.

So, circling back to that promise. Did I feel that The Tritonis Venture had a blend of Aliens, Ray Bradbury, and Avatar? Yes, that is safe to say. However, I think it’s more important to note everything that makes The Tritonis Venture different from those samples. This is not a book that sits on the shoulders of previous works – it isn’t afraid to do the heavy lifting and really get you thinking. And that is why I enjoyed this read.

Thanks to #Reedsy for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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