#BookReview: The Scout

by D L Cross (a.k.a. Staci Troilo)

Book Blurb:

The aliens have landed. The humans are panicking. The scouts have been sent.

J’s mission is clear — find an alien outpost, observe, report back. Simple enough. It’s what he’s trained to do. But he’s always worked with his team, never as a party of one. Now he’s been sent out alone to blindly navigate a dense, dark forest until he finds his target. The dynamics are foreign to him, the stakes never higher. Resources are scarce. Comms are down. 

And he’s found the enemy. 

J is shocked when everyone’s true allegiances are revealed. And the consequences of betrayal will be deadly. 

A short story set in the bestselling Invasion Universe, “The Scout” by D.L. Cross will have you hungering for more. Pick up your copy today!

My Review:

Having just finished The Gate (Astral Series book one), written by DL Cross, I bought this book yesterday as soon as I saw the author’s announcement that it was on sale. Being just 32 pages, it proved a quick and enjoyable read and just what I needed while feeling under the weather. The Scout ties in nicely with the rest of the Invasion Universe from Sterling and Stone while also working as a standalone short story. 

I saw who the alien invaders were early on, but this just added to the anticipation and enjoyment of the read.

I cannot recommend the author highly enough and am eagerly awaiting her next book in the Astral Conspiracy series. This little gem gets a solid 5 stars from me.

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. 
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines. 
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

Amazon Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07VKD39RT/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VKD39RT/

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22 comments on “#BookReview: The Scout
  1. Whoo-hoo! Loving the sound of this one, sounds like a great way to take a break on this icy cold Australian winter’s morning! Congrats, Staci

  2. Jan Sikes says:

    Thank you for sharing, Harmony! Great review!

  3. CS Boyack says:

    I love shorter fiction, and need to pick this up for my next vacation days.

  4. Mae Clair says:

    Great review, Harmony. I enjoyed this short story immensely. I’m thoroughly enjoying Staci’s alien books!

  5. Staci Troilo says:

    Harmony, thank you. I love the review and really appreciate the support.

  6. Joan Hall says:

    Started to read this last night, but life kept interrupting. I loved The Gate and I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one also.

  7. D.L. Finn says:

    I can’t wait to read it!

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