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  • By Tibor Szabo
    Aug 1, 2014
    Natural Elimination: The Cotesia Incident is the Tibensky’s first dive into the depths of creative writing. I must say, I felt like watching the Aliens movie for the very first time. Good stuff, but let’s start at the beginning. Tibensky introduces his vision of future – owned by mega corps, filled with advanced tech, spiked by nightmarish creatures and some stuff you wouldn’t believe. The story begins with Daren, once a stellar pilot now behind his prime, counting stars on a bored out mission in distant space. We are led around his ship, a fully automated research vessel, being introduced to the skeleton crew and the background of the mission. The crew is… crazy. I can’t use any other word. They are maybe even a bit hard to get used to. Daren’s second in command, Yorn, who considers himself an agent of his cosmic masters, the Griblets, is the kind of guy who spends all day watching a dirty spot on the ground, learning it’s secrets. Kreya, the security officer, looks like you couldn’t... More > walk past her without that eerie feeling that you’ll get stabbed in the back of the neck. Repeatedly. Then the ships engineer, Grit, a pure pothead. And the Doctor, unique in his own right, better I won’t go into details. Right after this introduction the game is put on the table. A damaged ship in distress is nearing the research vessel, asking for aid. It holds a bunch of mercenaries hired for some futuristic Greenpeace ship-blocking. What the new arrivals don’t know is that the game has been rigged.. oh, and that the security officer is a Pandora’s Box of Torture (makes you wonder whether the author had enough sleep as an infant). Once the real threat is revealed (big tank-like six-legged mutating “cats”), the survival run begins. During that, surprisingly, you may find more and more sympathy for the murderous Kreya.. And of course, the continuously mutating threat makes the alliance between the crew and the mercenaries a fragile necessity. The book is dynamic, the suspense is excellently polished and gradually envelops the reader. Once I kept reading while running to catch a bus, good stuff! The book leaves a game-like feeling in the gut, with the ship design created by a gamers mind. In addition, Tibensky’s “love” for each of his characters is evident. Giving them time to think out loud, leading you through their fears and their uncertainties, before he pushes them horridly of the cliff and lets only the fittest alive. Don’t be surprised - It is natural elimination.< Less
  • By Owen Roberts
    Jul 9, 2014
    In the future research is performed on spaceships with a limited crew in deep space locations all in the name of secrecy. Bizarrely another ship arrives at this secluded patch in the middle of nowhere, which leads to a chain of events where the entire crew is fighting for their lives against a race of creatures who have mastered evolution, optimising themselves quickly to whichever setting they encounter for one purpose... Tibensky manages to capture the extreme monotony of the research life accurately, as well the cabin fever effects of persons isolated from the outside world. Before turning the whole situation around which leaves the characters longing for their previous boring existence.
  • By Reading Bifrost
    Jun 3, 2014
    The Caterpillar, a top secret Styx research space ship, has been floating in the middle of nowhere for over a year and a half with a small crew that are more or less insane. No one is supposed to know their location, but Bounty-Hunter-turned-Security-Officer Kreya picks up another ship heading straight for them. When she allows the ship to dock; mercenaries, space ghosts, evolving aliens, and insane crew members group together for a suspenseful and silly science fiction thriller. “A guy who fears things that aren’t there and one that sees them most of the day make an unpredictable team…” Tibensky’s debut novel Natural Elimination: The Cotesia Incident’s greatest feature is its brilliantly colorful characters. Each of the Caterpillar’s crew seems to be inflicted with a different kind of insanity. Yorn, the navigator, for example, spends his time drawing, stalking the pilot when he plays video games, and doing whatever the voices in his head (the Gribblets) demand of him. Grit, the... More > engineer, spends his time stoned in the engine room and tries to convince everyone that the sentient power supply they deem an energy ghost is actually an angel. Several different angles are involved to form the suspense in the story: mercenaries, monsters, and confinement. While the monsters and confinement bring most of the suspense and horror to the story, the mercenaries bring apprehension to the small crew of the Caterpillar and effectively start the spark that sets the plot in motion. Tibensky created a universe with fiercely awesome alien creatures and brilliantly dysfunctional characters. The story left me in snickering at the outlandish dialog with a few slapped-in-the-face sobering moments to keep the tension and suspense going. Tibensky is an author to watch for more!< Less
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April 19, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.87 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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