Colleen’s Book Reviews – “The Solar Wind IV: Raider,” by Lyz Russo

  • Title:  The Solar Wind IV: Raider
  • Author: Lyz Russo
  • File Size: 1129 KB
  • Print Length: 396 Pages
  • Publisher: P’kaboo Publishers
  • Publication Date: August 16, 2013
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EMJY78Q
  • ISBN-10: 0987010395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987010391
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Science Fiction, Literature &Fiction, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

*I was given a publication copy of this book by the publisher for review purposes*


Alien Touchdown! If the crew of the Solar Wind thought the Unicate and the Rebellion were tough cookies, they haven’t yet met the Danaan – from Planet New Dome. Coming to take over Earth – or destroy the planet. Or alternatively, for a mango daiquiri in the subtropical paradise of Southern Free. And then destroy the planet. And why is Captain Lascek acting so strangely? Raider is the fourth in the series of Solar Wind novels.

Previous sequels are, The Mystery of the Solar Wind, The Assassin, and Freedom Fighter.

Welcome to my first book review of 2017! Pull up a chair and have a seat while I tell you about the adventures of the Solar Wind crew.

Volume Four brings the pirate assassin, Federi, and his wife, the lovely genetic engineer/musician, Paean, back together at long last. When these two are apart, the Solar Wind never rides smooth on the waves beneath its bow. Something is off, though, and Federi’s gypsy intuition is pushed into overdrive to figure out what is wrong.

Suddenly, a new threat surfaces when Dana, an alien from the planet New Dome, arrives aboard the ship with an agenda all her own. The hauntingly beautiful Dana disrupts the newfound relationship between the Captain and Perdita when it is revealed that she is Rushka’s mother. Perdita is stunned and watches, filled with fury, as the Captain succumbs once again to Dana’s evil charms. Meanwhile, Rushka, pregnant with her first child remembers the cruelty she suffered at the hands of her alien mother when she was a young child.

And, if that wasn’t enough drama, mutant creatures are menacing the crew, threatening their very lives. The beings can’t be destroyed, and they regenerate themselves from a single living cell. They multiply into the thousands with only one thing on their mind – to kill. When one of the creatures attacks Federi, the team battles for his and their lives looking for solutions to save the world from certain destruction.

Perdita is the key to protecting humankind from Dana’s malevolence. If they can save Federi, there is still hope…

I have been reading the Solar Wind Series for some time now, and I must say, I enjoyed Book IV, Raider, the best! The characters have long ago found a place in my heart. Once again, it is the relationship between Paean and Federi that steer the crew into new adventures. The addition of space travel and the ability to beam to any location in an instant added another layer of mystique to the plot.

Lyz Russo has created a science fiction series that continues to entertain and invite the reader into the world of the Solar Wind, and its crew. This futuristic pirate fantasy is one of my favorites!

To read my review of the first book, The Mystery of the Solar Wind, click here. To read my review of the second book, The Assassin, click here. To read my review of the third book, Freedom Fighter, click here. All I can say is that thank goodness there is a fifth book: The Morrigan – Solar Wind, Volume 5!


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

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Author, Lyz Russo

About Lyz Russo:

I’m a South African writer and musician. Between running a violin studio and raising 3 beautiful children, and writing through nights, I also run a maverick indie publishing house in South Africa called P’kaboo Publishers.


Have a look: www.pkaboo.net.

You can catch me on my blogs: The Red Ant at skrikvirniks.wordpress.com and Violin Tricks at violintrix.wordpress.com. On WordPress, I’m “gipsika.”

You can find me on Twitter @lyzrusso and also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Lyz-Russo
and www.facebook.com/pkaboo.net.

I’ve added this book & series to my “5 Star – ME Time Recommendations.”

Thanks for stopping by. ❤

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