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Stranded 750 million miles from Earth. Stranded with a saboteur, stranded with a killer.Humanity has spilled out into the Solar System, into a succession of giant space stations known as the Relay. Seren Temples is a security apprentice running the Relay’s remote Anchor Leg. When sabotage strands her vessel near another damaged ship, Seren and her team are sent across to iStranded 750 million miles from Earth. Stranded with a saboteur, stranded with a killer.Humanity has spilled out into the Solar System, into a succession of giant space stations known as the Relay. Seren Temples is a security apprentice running the Relay’s remote Anchor Leg. When sabotage strands her vessel near another damaged ship, Seren and her team are sent across to investigate. The second ship is a zero-G graveyard. Inside its vast hold, nothing but a single vial of frozen blood....

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  • J.C. Steel
    2019-05-05 00:29

    When the overcrowding forced Earth to seek alternatives to house its population, stations were founded as far out as Saturn, and spaceships travel the vast distances between planets, serving as transport, supply, research, and mining vessels. Seren Temples is a security apprentice on the Charybdis, an orphan from Earth among the primarily system-born crew, trying to escape her past on Earth and make herself a future – any future. However, when an SOS signal disrupts their planned course, Seren and her security team find themselves involved in events that could destabilise the delicate balance of the whole solar system.Jack Croxall’s Anchor Leg is a fantastic sci-fi novel, with a fast-paced plot, twisty intrigue, and incredibly well-developed characters. While I’m a self-confessed cynic, I also found the romance in this plot was nicely handled, neither distracting nor detracting from the primary plot, but actually supporting the action and contributing to character development. That’s a challenging achievement for many books, and one I admire. The exposition also managed to maintain a perfect balance between keeping the reader informed enough to understand the undercurrents and managing to completely avoid the fatal data dump. This book was an extraordinarily satisfying read on pretty much every level, and I have every intention of going to camp out on this author’s page to do my best Oliver Twist impression. An outstanding achievement.Reviewed for By Rite of Word.

  • Coco.V
    2019-05-05 18:20

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  • Steve Caddy
    2019-04-26 20:33

    (Read pre-release)When you're running away from Earth, the last thing you expect to be caught up in is a drama with deceit, romance, and survival all at stake.Jack has written a really thrilling sci-fi adventure with all this and more, set in a believable inter-planetary shuttle run to the furthest reaches of human exploration. I know Jack has written some great stories in the past, but he just keeps getting better. The attention to detail is exquisite, and the romance comes totally out of the blue, but isn't over cooked in a way that would make you cringe. This is a must-read if you enjoy light sci-fi or adventure stories.

  • Avivs
    2019-05-05 19:36

    I'm being really nice here with my grade. This is a 3.5 stars kind of book.Everything was just OK, nothing really stood out as being amazing.The best thing was that it was short, I guess. A nice little read.

  • Jess
    2019-04-29 18:36

    Seren Temples is a security apprentice aboard a spaceship. Seren is running from her life on Earth and intends to get as far away from the planet as she can.But the ship starts malfunctioning and the crew come across a damaged spacecraft with only a vial of blood in the hold.Will Seren reach her destination?Or will she die before she can get there?Anchor Leg had everything I like in a sci-fi - action, intrigue, as well as interesting characters and science.Seren was a good protagonist - she was determined and a hard worker. She certainly had her work cut out for her when everything started going wrong, but I thought that Seren coped as well as she could have given the situations.The plot was action packed and interesting, grabbing my attention. I particularly liked the science which was very intriguing.The writing style was easy to follow and engaging.Overall this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.

  • Senja Kiintonen
    2019-04-25 23:24

    Possibly one of the best books written by a man with a female protagonist. The story is quite fast-paced towards the end but nevertheless it is a great story! One thing I absolutely loved was Seren's character development, which shows that you can take responsibility in a dire situation, if you're just up for it and have the guts to do what needs to be done. As a gay dame I have to give extra points to this book for having sapphic love that is treated as normal and not made into a scene. I also felt that the romance was sweet and quite realistic, and happily not based on lust as most romances are in books. Thank you Jack Croxall for this book, it was an exciting adventure that I wish to hear more of! (This one has great potential for a sequel you know)

  • Shelly Singhal
    2019-05-16 18:42

    Loved thisThere's a sadness to this book that underlies the story. It's a great adventure, but it's also heavy and serious. Well plotted, great twists and lots of action. I reccomend this highly to everyone who loves sci-fi

  • Melanie Cusick-Jones
    2019-05-07 20:23

    How fast did I get into this book? First page and I was transported into the middle of the interview taking place.I found the story fast-paced with plenty of mystery and twists. I liked the attention to detail in the crew, appretices and characters, that felt realistic and sci-if without being OTT, I feel non-sci fi fans (which I'm on the edge of) could read and enjoy this. Great read and I would highly recommend the author based on my reading on this.

  • Mandy
    2019-04-25 01:37

    This review first appeared on Addicted to MediaThe Anchor Leg: the final stage of the Relay between the planets. Situated between Ceres, Jupiter and Saturn, it is where the Charybdis is stationed, transporting personnel and equipment to the mining operations located there. Seren Temples is a security apprentice on board the ship, reporting to the head of security in a seemingly routine post. That is until the Charybdis is mysteriously thrown off course and they detect a distress signal from the Scylla, a small VIP envoy ship that has no business being this far out in the Relay.Seren and the rest of the security team board the Scylla to discover a junkyard of corpses and twisted debris floating in the zero-G environment. What happened on the ill-fated Scylla? What is the significance of the vial of frozen human blood found on board the ship? These are questions that will have to wait because soon malfunctions, riots and incursions occur on the Charybdis, putting the whole future of the Relay into jeopardy. In Jack Croxall’s Anchor Leg, scarce resources on Earth have caused humanity to spill out into the solar system, engaging in mining operations in the Relay and eternally searching for a way to colonise Mars. It is a sci-fi novel that explores the end point of humanity’s competition for resources and the follies and lies of the super wealthy.Our protagonist Seren Temples is seventeen years old, haunted by the horrific events she witnessed on Earth, where the poorest and most disenfranchised are forced into township subsectors, walled and overcrowded slums that pervade Eurasia and Britain. The Relay is the farthest point that humanity has reached into the solar system but Seren is not sure it is far enough in her drive to run away. I thoroughly enjoyed Anchor Leg. I like to say I’m a fan of sci-fi but as much as I love the bright lights and costumes in films like Star Trek, I know absolutely nothing about the science behind the fiction. The good news is that you don’t really need to with Anchor Leg but the book did send me searching for more information on EN Drives which revealed that we are closer than we think to starting space exploration. What I liked about Anchor Leg is that it was effortlessly diverse, even introducing a new minority in the Spacers who might spend their lives in space without ever setting foot on their home planet. I appreciated Seren’s relationship with Abril Antonio. So many YA novels focus entirely on romance (which, to be fair, is pretty much all I focused on from the age of 13) but it was good to see a situation where the love was obviously there but not a central plot device. I absolutely loved the LGBT aspect of their relationship. More of this in YA books please authors! As a protagonist, Seren’s character was wonderfully developed. Not only does she grow and develop perspective regarding her past experiences, but we also get to see her rise to the challenge of leadership when it is unexpectedly thrust upon her. Jack Croxall’s Wye remains one of my favourite books of all time and reading Anchor Leg has made me very excited about what he will release in future. I’m thrilled to say that I haven’t read his book Tethers yet, so at least there is that to look forward to while I wait for his next release. What impresses me most is how Jack switches between different genres; he writes for the young adult market but his genres have covered steampunk, dystopian and sci-fi so far.I give Anchor Leg by Jack Croxall an excellent four out of five stars and would recommend to fans of sci-fi and young adult fiction.

  • Dan Thompson
    2019-05-14 21:25

    YA author Jack Croxall's shift into science fiction is effortless and thrilling, and easily accessable to newbies to the genre, while having enough substance for even hardened fans. Anchor Leg is an intelligent read with dystopian and political undertones that grabbed my attention from the very beginning.I thought the first person present tense was a brave move, but the author pulls it off with such aplomb. Anchor Leg has it all: thrilling action scenes, galactic gun fights, sabotage, betrayal, and mutiny. Croxall structures it all perfectly, whether it is the claustrophobic, tense exploration of graveyard ship Scylla, to the themes of self doubt of main character Seren. It's refreshing to read a book with LGBT themes that don't take centre stage as if isn't something out of the norm. The lesbian undertones aren't emphasised because they don't need to be - it's perfect characterisation.Look to the stars; Anchor Leg will keep you reading all night. I especially loved how gritty it was, and of course, the murders. Who doesn't love a good murder or two?

  • Kristin Ravelle
    2019-05-06 02:21

    4.5 stars! I’m excited to be doing another review for Jack Croxall as I really like the warm human touches in his writing. Anchor Leg is a bit of a departure in that he’s branching into science fiction though he keeps his signature YA/NA focus.Jack Croxall writes his new novel from the female perspective, Seren Temples’ POV, which I think is unique and tough to do. I really like his take on Seren even though she gets a tiny bit on the androgynous side which probably has more to do with the science fiction/space setting for the book. Even so, the author is sensitive to feminine sensibilities and has put in the research on his heroine’s way of being. There is an LBGT angle and the author handles this very gently and fits Seren’s romance seamlessly into the story. So nicely done and I think will go easy with younger readers. I do feel like this take overall though is currently being kind of pushed through media and sometimes wonder how many authors are picking this up for that reason.I really feel for Seren who has ‘escaped’ planet earth only to get caught up in a dangerous situation developing around one of the outer planets where her mining spaceship, Charybdis, is traveling through. For a 17-year-old she keeps a very cool head when sudden important responsibilities are thrust upon her, moving her up from apprentice level and things start to go crazy.Anchor Leg reads a bit like Star Trek mixed in with some Sherlock Holmes sleuthing stuff. Interestingly, the names of the two spaceships, Scylla and Charybdis, are two ancient Greek mythology sea monsters that guarded a narrow sea strait and brave passers would inevitably get caught by one or the other. So too, Seren and security teammates shuttle between the same-named spaceships as time runs out on figuring things out. Good pacing with fast-paced ending keep the reader wanting to turn the pages.I would have liked to know a little more about the bad situation on earth and maybe some more of that history through Seren as additional background to the story.YA and NA science fiction readers will whip through Anchor Leg and those who really like relationship feel-y stories in other genres should branch out and give this sci-fi a try. You’ll love it.

  • Sharon Benham
    2019-05-16 00:14

    I am not a huge Sci-Fi fan, but when the author asked if I would read it I decided I would as I loved his book Tethers. I learned a surprising amount about the science behind space exploration. At first I was a little confused with names. When I found out Antonio was a woman I thought ‘oh, okay’ then realised that the author was using last names. So I had a ‘Doh’ moment. I personally struggle a bit when there are lots of characters, but that is just me, but I did okay. I liked the characters a lot, especially Seren Temples. She is a great and strong person. Thrown into the deep end in space. This book is a real rollercoaster ride. There were parts that I just kept thinking ‘well I can’t stop reading now!’ Jack is a great writer and I look forward to reading more of his work. I don’t read sci-fi as a rule but I do love crime novels. This was a good crime novel in space. Well done Jack, keep up the good work!

  • Lisa
    2019-05-20 02:37

    Nice, fast-paced sci-fi mystery that didn't go overboard with the tech-talk. I'm hoping there will be more Seren Temples books!

  • H
    2019-05-16 19:16

    Good YA readI enjoyed reading Anchor Leg. Earthling teen is forced into a position of authority in the far reaches of space and really steps up and nails it.

  • S.W.
    2019-05-12 02:29

    A good mystery for sci-fi fansAnchor Leg is a mystery set deep in space. It follows the voyage of a young security apprentice, Seren Temples, on the spaceship, Charybdis, which is headed to the outer reaches of the Relay. Earth has become bloated, so colonization of space has begun, and our main character finds the lure of a new future beyond an Earth filled with overcrowding and inequality to be irresistible. The story explores the experiences of 17 yo Seren, who is finding her place in the world (ship, planet, space), on the adventure of a lifetime, and we're there for the ride.Under the watchful eye of her mentor, Bakalar (the Head of Security), Seren seems to be relishing her new role and life. Following a mysterious technical hitch, the Charybdis receives a distress signal from the Scylla, a small VIP ship. This results in Seren being dispatched as part of a team to investigate. But things don't go quite to plan and she finds herself embroiled in a deadly mystery that has the power to turn into a catastrophe.The story evolves as more unexplained events take place, adding to the mystery, intrigue, and danger. As a result, she has no other choice but to step up and tackle the situation head-on. It's a baptism of fire for this newly appointed apprentice.The book is written in first person POV, and describes everything in present tense rather than past. So we are listening to the main character describing everything as it happens. It did take me some time to get the voice in my head in synched with the main character. For some reason (no idea why), I found myself reminded of an old style detective movie being narrated by a dude (the detective) in a black trench coat and hat. As I said, this was just me trying to find the correct voice. Once I knew more about the main character, the trench coat man faded and Seren Temples stepped forward.I'll admit that I'm a big fan of action, and was pleased to find there were some tense action scenes in the book, more so in the latter half. Early on, I did find that parts of the story were slower as we were introduced to the characters, settings, and establishing the backstory/plot. Keep in mind, this is just my thirst for action from the get-go, rather than anything lacking in the story.The plot was multi-layered. It raised questions about Earth's sustainability, challenges to our survival, the complexities of human nature, and showed how we can align with different causes based on our own experiences/perception/beliefs. Everything was tied up neatly and I didn't notice any loose ends that were left unanswered.In a Nutshell - Anchor Leg is a fundamentally a mystery, which could sit comfortably in a range of settings. To me, the balance between sci-fi action thriller and detective mystery tips more to the mystery side. Recommended for sci-fi fans who like to get their teeth into solving a mystery.To see more of my reviews drop by to

  • Mike Heyd
    2019-04-26 23:31

    A pretty good plot that kept me interested. There were a few editing oversights, and I’m very reluctant to give three stars to someone who doesn’t know the difference between less and fewer, but I did enjoy the story. 2.5 would be my rating if that were an option.