Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Rob’s Rebellion by Margaret Fieland


Colonel Rob Walker always does his duty, even when it means risking the shaky relationship he has with his family. When he’s ordered to bring the treaty negotiations between the Terran Federation and the Aleyni to a successful conclusion, he’s determined to do just that—even though both sides would rather he fail. How can Rob pull off a miracle and avoid a war? One where both sides could be destroyed?

About the Author:

Born and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has been around art and music all her life. She is an avid science fiction fan, and selected Robert A. Heinlein’s “Farmer in the Sky” for her tenth birthday gift. In spite of making her living as a computer software engineer, she turned to one of her sons to format the initial version of her website—a clear illustration of the computer generation gap. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Melusine, Front Range Review, and All Rights Reserved. Her book, The Angry Little Boy, was published by 4RV Publishing, LLC, in early 2013. You may visit her website,


I confess, I’m a sucker for good sci-fi, especially that written by people who cut their teeth reading the masters, such as Heinlein. I especially appreciated Ms. Fieland’s homage to The Old Man in naming a class of starship the Heinlein Two.

Rob’s Rebellion starts with Colonel Robert Walker’s arrival on Alleyne. His first action is to arrest Major Brad Reynolds, the Base Commander—at the foot of the exit ramp of his shuttle-craft, with the rest of his crew barely disembarked. Since this is supposed to be temporary duty, Rob has left his wives and kids back on New Oregon. But it soon becomes a permanent assignment. Despite being acquitted of treason, Reynolds resigns his commission and returns to Alleyne as a civilian, having sworn rolor with an Alleyni family. With telecommunication, rolor is much more intense and intimate than marriage.

Rob’s plural family faces prejudice from the Terrans on base and receives love and acceptance from the Alleyni. And the Terran Federation offers treaty terms that baffle even Rob in their rigidity and lack of fairness, and he finds himself increasingly torn among duty, logic, and the welfare of those he loves.

My only complaints about this book are the usual: it could have used slightly better copy editing, and the dialog was somewhat stilted. But maybe Ms. Fieland envisions a future in which humans no longer use contractions. But my brain wanted to add them, and the lack thereof was somewhat distracting as usual. Otherwise, it was a taut, suspenseful book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I wasn’t so much wondering whether the crazies would destroy the worlds involved. Very few authors get away with ending their books that way. But, I did wonder who’d stop them and how. And I wasn’t disappointed. Grab it and find out for yourself!

Heat Rating:  R
Length:  338 Pages
Digital Price:  $5.99

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