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The Defender: Book One of the Gatlin Series

by Larissa Soehn


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Pulled into a galaxy on the brink of war, Alexia Harmon finds herself trapped in an impossible decision: save herself and forget about saving the galaxy that is hell-bent on destroying her, dooming all those who call Gatlin home to a brutal death, or pick up her weapons and fight. Easy right?

For Alex, the nightmare started before her feet left Earth. Trapped in her life, Alex struggles to find peace within herself to the point where life really doesn't seem worth living. But when a strange alien device appears and pulls her from Earth, she finds herself amongst a new type of danger that makes her old worries seem, well, pathetic.

As an outsider to their world, Alex finds herself at the mercy of their society and rules. Death bites at her heels at every step, including the moments she finds herself in the belly of an unforgiving prison, at the hands of a potentially psychotic doctor, and in battle with a creature engineered to kill.

The stakes are high as Alex is forced to flee from an alien government that would rather see her dead than be involved in their dealings. To make matters worse, when running is no longer an option, Alex finds herself face to face with a new enemy, one that the galaxy has never seen before and is terribly ill-equipped to fend off.

But Alex isn't going down without a fight. She knows that the galaxy she finds herself stuck in is on the brink of annihilation, and all too many beings are looking to her for their survival. But is her goal to save the galaxy or get back to her family by any means necessary? Even Alex isn't clear on that question.

Readers will be captivated by "The Defender" and the journey of Alex as she wars against her desire to get home and fulfill what might very well be her destiny. Soehn delivers a gripping tale of adventure, peril, and self-discovery that will leave readers on the edge of their seats. It's a must-read for anyone who loves science fiction, action, and a strong female hero.

Reviews from readers:
"I have always enjoyed fantasy and Sci Fi, but this is the first book I've read that made me feel fully immersed in an alien galaxy. Larissa created truly believable and relatable characters and built a sophisticated world around them. Traveling with Alex through her journey to an alien galaxy and many life-changing events kept me wondering what would come next and how it would all work out. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series and hope the 2nd book is released soon.
As a teacher, I'd recommend this book to jr/sr high students as well as adults."

"I loved reading this book! I am not usually a fan of fantasy novels, however, I found that I didn't want to put this one down. It is fast paced, has great descriptive writing, and throws surprises in all along the way. I was pulled into the world of Gatlin and can not wait for the next book to come out!"

"This book was a page turner and the epilogue left me eagerly awaiting book number 2!"

"I'm an avid reader of fantasy and sci-fi, and The Defender definitely holds up! The worlds were imaginative and I was dragged into the action from Page 1. An enjoyable read that was hard to put down, with strong, relatable characters and plenty of twists and turns. Would, and do, recommend!"