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The Spirit of Destiny is a wreck. Earth faces a brutal alien conquest. A pilot without a ship gambles everything on one last shot. When the Spirit of Destiny crashed on the moon, Earth's last hope of escaping alien conquest was lost. Pilot Jack Kildare and the battle-hardened crew of the SoD survived, but they are trapped in Earth's ramshackle little moon colony, exposedThe Spirit of Destiny is a wreck. Earth faces a brutal alien conquest. A pilot without a ship gambles everything on one last shot.When the Spirit of Destiny crashed on the moon, Earth's last hope of escaping alien conquest was lost. Pilot Jack Kildare and the battle-hardened crew of the SoD survived, but they are trapped in Earth's ramshackle little moon colony, exposed to the constant threat of alien attack.On Earth, the alien behemoth Lightbringer lies in the African jungle, grounded but no less deadly. Its crew spread destruction across a planet racked by conflict. Former astronaut Hannah Ginsburg inherits a dangerous role as go-between for the aliens and humankind. As much as she struggles to rein in the spreading chaos, her complicity in the alien conquest grows, pushing her nearer to the breaking point.Meanwhile, on the moon, Jack is desperate to get back to Earth and rejoin the fight. But the moon colonists side with the aliens, forcing him to lie and steal just to survive. His chance for redemption comes unexpectedly, when shipmate Skyler Taft detects a horrific new threat to our solar system.Humanity and aliens, locked in a bitter war for our planet, will all perish together ... unless Jack can achieve the impossible, and work together with his worst enemy to save Earth.ABOUT KILLSHOT: Killshot is the fourth and final book of a fast-paced quartet of technothrillers. It contains hard science fiction elements in the tradition of The Martian and other science-based thrillers. You won't need a calculator to follow the story, but if you'd like to build a spaceship to the Spirit of Destiny's specifications, it really will take you to Jupiter! ($300 billion budget not included.) The Earth's Last Gambit Quartet is now complete:FreefallLifeboatShiplordKillshot "Prepare to be Savaged in this masterpiece of Sci-Fi adventure, that leaves you stunned, awed and captivated as you follow the desperate plight of the crew of the SoD!" -- Jas P, Amazon Reviewer"Thumbs up, ready for the next round of excitement! Great sci fi. Each day of reading is like the next episode of my favorite show." -- Ted P, Amazon Reviewer"I absolutely loved these books! I couldn't put them down. The personalities of all, human and alien alike, were intoxicating." --Natalie Paesani, Amazon Reviewer...

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  • Jason
    2019-05-06 22:49

    This is the 4th and final chapter in the ‘Earth’s Last Gambit’ series, and Savage brings it all to a stunning conclusion.When we start this story, the Lightbringer, with Hannah has just crashed on Earth, unleashing over 10,000 Rrikstii onto the planet. The SoD with Jack and Skyler has crashed on the moon, failing in its last ditched effort to destroy the Lightbringer, leaving Jack and Skyler stranded on the moon.The rest of the crew have made their way to a moon base that was inhabited by a bunch of influential people that fled to the moon when Earth was originally threatened. Over a 1000 celebrities, rich people, and some others (like Prince Harry), are in this moon base, preparing to survive when the Earth is overrun by Aliens. The story moves at captivating pace from there, with all sorts of fascinating plots, story lines and twists unfolding to bring us to the end. Without giving away the ending, or too much of the startling array of events, it is fair to say that Savage does not let us down as he details the events following the Lightbringer’s untimely impact on Earth, the introduction of rrikstii and the rest of the SoD crew to the moon base, and the general war between the two races.This book has a bit of a different dynamic to it, in that it has moved from being a more character driven book, isolated with just the crews of a few ships, to now being multiple characters on a planetary scale. Having said this, the greatest strength in Savage’s work is still his character writing, and he continues to deliver some fascinating characters. This time there is not just the continuing relationship between Hannah and Ripstiggr, but the relationships between Jack and Keelraiser and Alexei and Nene also become a lot more intense. These interspecies relationships give a new depth to the story, especially when children become involved. Savage writes such intelligent and clever characters, with brilliant and engaging dialogue that doesn’t just tell the story, but lets the reader form a bond with the characters as well. It really improves the quality of this story.Another brilliant aspect of this story is the descriptions of the rrikstii themselves. Throughout the series, there has been a creative and fascinating exploration into the species, slowly divulging different aspects of their language, how they communicate, their physical make up, how they mate, and even their young. This slow release of information over the four books has kept the mystique of the rrikstii interesting. The technology has also continued to be another fascinating aspect of this story.Killshot is an outstanding end to this series, with the crew of the SoD desperately battling to try and bring an end to the danger brought by those on the Lightbringer, whilst also trying to save their own lives and those of the rrikstii that have joined humanity. There is a really great underlying message in this book, I don’t want to write it here as it will give away the ending.Right the way through all four books, Savage has tied this theme to his story, and maybe we could all learn something from it. If you have started reading any of this series, then you have to read the conclusion – it is a must read!!.And if you haven’t read this series, then you really need to get into it, otherwise you will miss a wonderful series of books.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-23 02:44

    I'm astounded. Killshot, the fourth and final novel in Felix R Savage's Earth's Last Gambit series, is the craziest thrill ride of them all. From the moon to Earth orbit, from Africa to Europe, from Boston to Pacific Palisades, the various factions and remnants of humanity deal piecemeal with the alien rrikstii, not comprehending that the aliens behind this invasion of Earth are themselves factionalized and divided by geopolitical, cultural, and personal issues. New characters and their attendant threats continually disrupt the unstable status quo. It seems that everyone wants to save Earth - but HOW? And FOR WHOM? It's 'every man for himself' as humans and rrikstii collide and cross purposes in the battle for the planet. Double dealing and crazy, nail-biting suspense is the driving force in this story, but there's a ton of battles, big bangs, blood and bruises for the action addict, and a little strategically placed bedsport for the spice fans. Readers of the series will mourn the loss of some familiar actors (I needed a tissue or two), while the continued evolution of major characters is fascinatingly interwoven with the action and the eventual outcome. The end, as is true of all epics like this, is actually a beginning. Although good things do happen for some of the old stalwarts, a devastated Earth and humanity cannot go back from the knowledge of interstellar good and evil, and the only move remaining is forward. Personally, I would love to read more of that story, should Mr Savage decide to apply his considerable talent to some post-apocalyptic-Earth's-recovery SF.

  • Mark Gardner
    2019-05-10 03:00

    Killshot is an excellent conclusion to the “Earth’s Last Gambit” series. With any story by Felix R. Savage, I didn’t know what to expect – only that it would be good. I’m glad that the over-sexualized encounters between Hannah and her alien master were toned down in this book.A few highlights in Killshot: The theme of alien invaders affecting global religion was present through out the series, but Killshot really drove it home. I don’t know if the author intended it, but it reminded me of the extremist religions through out the world. The theme of subservience and slavery was also front and center in Killshot. With slavery and human trafficking so prevalent today, it’s nice to see it tackled in a modern novel.All in all, Killshot ramps up the tension between the various survivors of the first three books, and introduce a new threat. The book returns to the pace and action from books 1 & 2. The ending is satisfying, and leaves the possibility of another quartet or trilogy in the future. I would eagerly read another series in this universe.Killshot is a five-star read. Be sure to read the entire series.

  • Darlene
    2019-04-19 03:48

    Wonderful ending to a great series. Great writing. I can't believe it's over. The last book in the series. It's so good I'd like it to go on and on. This series and this particular book is so much more than the aliens wanting to conquer the Earth. It's about learning to live and thrive with people different from you. It's about loss and finding adequate replacements. It's about loss and dealing with the aftermath. It's about love between two people no matter who or what they are. They love unconditionally. It's about finding yourself and what you're made of. I laughed and I cried. Feelings are real whether they are human or alien. The sci-fi parts were excellent and there was plenty of action to keep things moving along. This was, by far, the best book of the series. I recommend this series to everyone. Sci-fi fans or not. You'll learn a lot about what it means to be human. This ending of this series is bittersweet. I don't want it to end, but it did and it was a fantastic ride.

  • Walter Scott
    2019-04-28 02:44

    One tries to anticipate what will happen next in a book by Felix R. Savage at one’s risk. Predictability is not a gene in this author’s DNA. The books do need to be read in the order of Freefall, Lifeboat, Shiplord, and finally Killshot. For fun, after you finish Killshot, take a quick look back at Freefall and try really hard not to think, “How the heck did we get from ‘there’ to ‘here’?!?”.There are hidden agendas, very well hidden agendas, lots of real science, and some interspecies sex (the latter my main reasoning for withholding that fifth star in the rating… If, however, the feature film – I wish - based on the movie is able to successfully finesse the images in the readers’ imagination from the book o to the silver 3D screen, I will purchase a theatre ticket out of sheer curiosity).

  • Sheila Beitler
    2019-04-25 05:00

    KILLSHOT wraps up the 4 book series of The Earth's Last Gambit. As with the end of any series, it will be hard to leave these characters. Throughout the series, Jack Klidare has gone literally to hell and back after a rocky first contact leads to Earth's usual fear and hatred of anything new and different, especially aliens! Kildare risks it all to keep his rag tag crew together in the hopes of making things right between Earth and this alien race. As with anything, battles of friendship, loyalty, choosing sides, going back, and more make for an exciting finish. Savage satisfies readers with an unexpected outcome, but still leaves us with the sadness of the end of the series.

  • Ernie
    2019-04-24 03:50

    Lots of things I liked about this book! First of all its nice to see an author complete a story and end a series. So many especially in this vein keep going and going even after it seems like its getting old. This book does a good job of ending the series which make the book even better to me. Lots of holes but its a fun ride! It's also good to see everyone pretty much have an ending fitting of the series and their characters. Great Series overall (even if a few of the books seemed to drag).

  • Lisa
    2019-05-09 23:06

    A Fitting EndAlthough this book was longer than the first three, it could have been shorter and gotten the same thing across.I did like it, even though it bogged down a couple times.If I could give it four and one half stars, I would.It was a great ending to the series. I recommend it.

  • Jude
    2019-04-23 04:58

    Wonderful journey to the beginning. Wonderful journey to the beginning of a new world. It was a long, emotional trip could not have imagined a better way to end this epic journey of two different species. A great read for ages 16 and older, contains some sex and cursing.

  • Nancy Phy
    2019-05-14 02:09

    Outstanding seriesThis story is one of the best I have read. The characters are wonderful and I grew to love/hate all of them. I am sorry that this is the end because I can so much more for the character.If you like space fantasy with lots of action you will enjoy this series.

  • Meenaz Lodhi
    2019-05-11 01:55

    This final book is even more explosive with many unexpected twists and turns, and the worst situations possible that keeps you at the edge till the end. A roller coaster ride! Mr. Savage has outdone himself with a great and versatile imagination!

  • Elizabeth Obarr
    2019-04-30 23:05

    Really good. Read all 4 books in a week. Aliens, space travel, science geek stuff, love, sex and xenophobia. What's not to love?

  • Jonas Ehinger
    2019-05-18 05:01

    Nice action and high paced!Good wrap-up to the series. And lots of action stuff and twists, almost over the top, but still VERY entertaining, throughout its long length.

  • John
    2019-05-11 23:54

    Did not finish. Only got 13% of the way through. Too many terribly-done alien sex scenes.

  • Terri
    2019-05-15 23:50

    I enjoyed this book a lot. I think it's a fitting end to the series and look forward to something else from this author.