Book Review: Fault Tolerance by Valerie Valdes


From the author of the critically acclaimed Prime Deceptions and Chilling Effect, the hilarious new novel about the adventures of Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra.

Nothing wrecks Captain Eva Innocente’s vacation plans quite like an anonymous threat to vaporize billions of people. Hundreds of monoliths have suddenly materialized in space, broadcasting the same looped message: surrender or be exterminated. Is the universe being epically spammed?

Surrender to whom? Exterminated when? And how is Eva, commander of a beat-up cargo ship, supposed to prevent it? As panic spreads, a mystery message sends Eva to find answers, in a system that hasn’t been explored in all of recorded history.

With the crew of La Sirena Negra, a score of psychic cats, a feline-phobic robot, and a superweapon she has no clue how to use, Eva prepares to battle the unknown. But first, she has to defeat the known: mercenary Tito Santiago, whose idea of a clean fight is a shower before kill time. His mission is to ensure Eva doesn’t succeed at hers.

If anything goes wrong, the universe is doomed. But if everything goes according to Eva’s plans–wait, when does that ever happen?

Rating: 5-stars


Fault Tolerance by Valerie Valdes is a hilarious yet entertaining read. The journey kept getting more interesting by the page. A female captain and her crew were getting restless on vacation until threats are made. Then, everything changes. The crew of cats is a sweet yet soft touch to this space opera novel. The dialogue between Eva and others was engaging. Through the dialogue, I got to know her better as well as the other characters. I enjoyed the anonymous of the villain. It made for an exciting adventure. Risks, dangers, and fighting with everything she has, Eva and team were amazing. Brave, funny, and charming all in one, Eva’s team is a group of characters one does not forget. The mercenary is also a funny character. I loved the romance too. Valerie included a little of everything inside her third installment. These include suspense, action, humor, and a bit of romance, too. I normally, would not have thought to try a space opera fantasy novel, but Valerie Valdes made it work. I cannot remember the last book that me laugh quite as much as this one did. Overall, I would read her previous books in this series and any future book she writes.

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