Review: The Tide of War (Defending Epsilon #1) by Lori A. Witt

June 24, 2015 Review 4

Review: The Tide of War (Defending Epsilon #1) by Lori A. Witt

Lieutenant Commander Kyle West is one of Earth Fleet’s greatest fighter pilots. Every day, he leads his squadron into battle over Earth’s cities in a seemingly endless war against a vicious alien race, defending his home and his loved ones.

Millions of miles away, the Fleet’s Elite Squadron attacks from another angle, engaging the enemy on its home turf. Casualties are high, and the Squadron needs more of the Fleet’s very best. But joining the Elite is a death sentence—a surety Kyle isn’t willing to face. Until a devastating attack wipes out the family he refused to leave.

Commander Andrei Dezhnyov, an Elite Squadron gunner, isn’t sure what to make of the cocky new American pilot. Kyle is equally uncertain about the snarly Russian, but as they warm up to each other, their tentative alliance becomes a deep bond—one that endangers them both when a daring and disobedient rescue reveals secrets that call into question everything they’ve ever believed about their enemy. Secrets that their superiors would kill to protect.

Title: The Tide of War
Author: Lori A. Witt
Series: Defending Epsilon
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: June 22, 2015
Genres: Dystopain, Science Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 371
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: one-half-flames
L.A. Witt

Set in the not so distant future the Fleet Fighters and the Elite Squadron are protecting Earth from an attacking alien force. While the aliens seem to not be interested in taking over territory on Earth the Menarian’s are certainly interested in damaging as much of the planet as possible. Earth’s retaliation has sent their best fighter pilots and gunners to Epsilon Station, a station that is orbiting Menar. These Elite fighters are taking the fight to their enemy. Sadly as the long years of war continue, no one seems to be gaining any ground in getting the upper hand on the other. It is just death and destruction.

From the very beginning Witt feeds little tidbits of information to her readers. It begins with crazy conspiracy theories. Events happen that are all too coincidental. There are malfunctions and glitches in technology that seem too convenient. She plants seeds of doubt and gets your thoughts flowing on what is really going on within the pages of The Tide of War. I’m telling you the amount of speculation and where your thoughts will be thrown to makes this an amazing read. The wheels are constantly turning on reasoning out what is truly going on here. Once it comes out and the reasons behind it… oh my wow. It is a huge shocker and a total game changer. This book is absolutely amazing.

This first book in the Defending Epsilon series does not really fit into the male male romance niche. There is a budding romance between Kyle and Andrei. Them getting together and finding their happily ever after is not what this book is about. It is not a space opera either. The suspense is what really drives this book. The suspense is good and it will keep you entirely enthralled.

I am so pleased that this is a series and that I will get more of what is going on. The ending ties up nicely. There is not a cliffhanger but you are left knowing that the repercussions of what happens at the end will have an enormous impact on Earth and the war they have been fighting for far too long.

Paranormal Romance


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Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (including books written as L.A. Witt or Lauren Gallagher, excluding The Tide of War) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 28th, and winners will be announced on July 29th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.


The Tide of War is available July 22nd from Riptide Publishing.



Author Bio


Lori A. Witt is the fourth corner of the Gallagher-Witt quad, and prefers to play in the genres of science fiction and fantasy over all that romance nonsense. Okay, so romance does show up sometimes, but these are the books she writes when she needs a change of pace. Sword and sorcery, spaceships, and just general weird nerdy goodness—Lori writes it all. Like the other members of the quad (L.A. Witt, Lauren Gallagher, and Ann Gallagher), Lori is in the process of relocating from Omahabad, Nebraskastan to the southwestern coast of Spain. In her spare time, she tries to stay out of the middle of L.A.’s and Lauren’s ongoing rivalry, while never missing a chance to trip Ann when she’s not paying attention.


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4 Responses to “Review: The Tide of War (Defending Epsilon #1) by Lori A. Witt”

  1. jenf27

    Thanks for the great review! I have Tide of War in my to-read queue. Looking forward to it.


  2. H.B.

    Thank you for the review! It sounds really good.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  3. Carolyn

    Great review. Thanks! I’ve already got this on my list.

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com