Against A Rock – a novel

An Eve Online science fiction action-adventure novel by Kalin Ringkvist

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Floreina is a cybernetically enhanced young woman with a vibrant future in the Amarrian Empire, a decorated turret commander and slave overseer aboard an Abaddon warship, but after a cruel “accident” and the repeated abuse of slaves, Floreina risks everything in a defiant act of mutiny.

Along the way she learns that commandeering a battleship takes more than just artificially focused cunning, automated adrenaline injections, and simple, old-fashioned brutality. For her plan to succeed, Floreina must befriend a Minmatar slave.

But plans don’t always go as planned… And as the two fight for their lives, Floreina must find a way to reconcile their friendship with the racism that drives her career.

Read Against A Rock on Kindle

 

Bonus Materials:

Read all bonus materials as PDF

The Sequels (a detailed outline of the next three books in the series)

Viotro (a short story prelude)

Deleted Scenes: 

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Praise for Against A Rock:

“Fantastic story, if you have read the Eve book you will enjoy this.”
-Bruno Bourque

“This is amazing. A good look inside the head of the people you are writing about. Especially the Amarrian pod pilot. Only finished chapter 3 or 4. I’m loving it. Well done.”
-Jarna

“One thing I absolutely love is the way you write about the Ammarian God and the Ammarians’ views on slavery. You do a fantastic job showing how they think the Minmatar people are “below” them, and that they are really protecting them by enslaving them…
I think Mahran is a fantastic character. I find that he somewhat “steals the spotlight” from Floreina, his struggles between himself, his master, and his society very pivotal to the storyline…
She feels less human, even as she truly becomes human. Simply brilliant – captures the feel and nature of the character very well with that statement…
Overall, I think you’ve done a great job. Excellent depiction of characters, pretty darn cool plot, and awesome action scenes…”
-Lupus Albus

“Wow . . . just . . . wow. A truly epic conclusion!
It was awesome, from start to finish. It wasn’t quite what I expected, in all honesty – but it was awesome nonetheless.
It’s a shame that the audience is so limited, really. More people need to read this, it’s one of the best (if not, the best) examples of Eve fiction out there.”
-more from Lupus Albus

“I just want to thank Allihence for making this great story. it is one of the few stories that i have read in my life where i could not get away from the computer or my iphone to read! I was happy to have my phone because i could read it any time or any where… even in class which was bad of me or so my teacher tells me.”
-Kenshin Hemoura

“I was genuinely (and pleasantly!) surprised by how good this was…
I feel this is the best eve fiction I’ve read that wasn’t written by CCP. In fact, I liked this better than the Empyrean Age novel (which may not be a unique viewpoint in this forum, I suspect)…
…this did an excellent job of providing an enjoyable story, with deep, well-written characters to really get involved with, without breaking the tradition of eve fiction. Fantastic. Amazing. Pick any three of your favourite superlatives and insert them here.”
-Xaviar Onassis

“There are far superior works out there in cyberspace that are free, for example Kalin Ringkvist’s ‘Against A Rock’.”
-S. Artabanus (in a review on Amazon.com of another EVE novel called The Burning Life)

“This book contains all the elements of what you would expect from a good book. From beginning to end it is a sure masterpiece. I have never played EVE Online but this book was a great first experience to introduce me to the video game.”
-Robert Hicks

26 thoughts on “Against A Rock – a novel”

  1. Im surprised I can’t find a single reference to this novel in the EVE website. Thought CCP would at least implement it there. Its the best EVE novel and the best sci fi book I have ever read. Your writing style is so professional you could easily sell this, even if there is a limited audience when it comes down to EVE novels. Still, this was so well written that someone who never heard of EVE can enjoy it fully, an example being my sister. I hope with my entire heart that you will make a sequel with Floreina as a pod pilot.

    1. I know! When I finished the book I sent it off to CCP and sent them several emails, and they never replied to any of them. Wouldn’t even talk to me about it. I did get a short story published in issue #22 of EON, and they mention Against A Rock in the little author note, but that’s the only bone they threw me :) I’m hoping in the next year or so to finally hire a literary agent and perhaps get something done with this.
      Thanks so much for enjoying it and your encouragement. That always makes my day when I get a comment like this.

    1. Don’t I know it :) But no. No Movie. If they ever did, it would have to be pretty big budget, with all those spaceship sets, explosions and fancy graphics to represent all the crap going on inside her cybernetic implants. It would be pretty awesome though. I can certainly visualize it :)

  2. I just finished reading the novel from feedbooks (kindle app on a blackberry).

    I’ve read a number novels from the original authors page and the vast majority of them are definitely amateurish. This usually makes them fun to read because you’ll never know what you will get. Your story is in my opinion developed and written at a professional level.

    I think the context of the story and an unappealing protagonist will limit its commercial appeal. However the well crafted story leaves me hungry for me. The subtle use of irony in the middle of the action was very entertaining. Do you have another scifi novel in the works? I spend a lot of time in airplanes. :-)

    1. Hi V, thanks so much for reading. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
      I’m always working on writing projects. This was my third novel, but the first two weren’t very good. I was trying to re-work my second novel and still intend to come back to that, but I’ve got so much on my plate right now that it’s not gonna happen soon :(
      However, I’ve got a ton of other stories posted here on KalinBooks.
      Thanks again.

  3. Just finished against a rock. Quite a good read. Captivating story lots of detailed action. Strangely analogs current and historical societies in a future tense.
    Thank you Kalin for providing it to us as you have, sharingyour creation.

    1. Not unless CCP or some other publisher wants to get involved and offer some encouragement. I do have a very detailed 20,000 word outline describing my plans for two, possibly three sequels, which brings the people around in a wider, more classical type of character arc.

    1. Well, there’s a link at the top of the page to the PDF of this novel. It says “Read Against A Rock as PDF”. You can right-click the link and hit “save link as” (or something similar) to save the PDF. You mentioned below wanting something emailed to you, but you didn’t leave your email adress.

  4. I need a 5 star mind blowing fiction English novel on PDF / MS word file for translate to another language. Will anybody give me? I will be very greatfull to him………
    mail me pls

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