Friday, January 12, 2024

Stargazer: The Ultimate Artefact by Ivan Ertlov



Dear Readers,

I am thrilled to share with you a book that has captivated my imagination and reignited my love for space opera: "Stargazer: The Ultimate Artefact" by Ivan Ertlov. Released on July 13, 2021, this masterpiece is not just a book; it's an interstellar adventure that will take you on a journey beyond the stars.

From the first page, Ertlov plunges us into a universe rich with history and complexity. Set 2000 years after a united spacefaring coalition defeats a ruthless species threatening the galaxy, we are introduced to Frank Gazer. He's a descendant of humanity, a species now viewed with disdain and mistrust by the galaxy at large. Frank, a prospector by heart, is far removed from the legacy of his ancestors' destructive past. His character is a refreshing take on the anti-hero archetype, focused on survival and profit rather than grandiose quests for redemption or glory.

As the story unfolds, Frank's pursuit of a lucrative comet leads him to a discovery that could change the fate of thousands of worlds. Ertlov masterfully weaves a narrative that is not only gripping but also layered with political intrigue, a cold war between star empires, and the eternal question of what it means to be human in a universe that has moved on.


Fans of the "Avatar" series and the "Goliath Chronicles" will find "Stargazer" a natural evolution of Ertlov's storytelling prowess. This book stands out with its fast pace, witty dialogue, and a sense of wonder that harkens back to classics of the genre.

One cannot help but be amused and intrigued by Ertlov's warning of "traces of nuts, antimatter, and fellatio trout" – a testament to the book's blend of humor, high-stakes adventure, and the bizarre. "Stargazer: The Ultimate Artefact" is more than a book; it's an experience, a journey that challenges our perceptions of humanity and our place in the cosmos.

"Stargazer: The Ultimate Artefact" is a must-read for science fiction aficionados and anyone who loves a story that combines adventure, humor, and a deep dive into the complexities of the human spirit. Ivan Ertlov has outdone himself with this one, and I can't recommend it enough. Grab your copy, fasten your seatbelts, and prepare for a ride across the galaxy you won't forget!

Happy Reading!


Stargazer: The Ultimate Artefact


Born in the 1970s in Czechoslovakia, raised in Austria, currently living in the simmering heat of Western Australia. Creative Writer, CM and Producer on International video game hits like Gothic, SpellForce, Hitman and RISK.
Won 25 Game of the Year awards before he decided to write and publish his own novels. Sometimes trashy, sometimes cheeky, often politically loaded, always fun to read.
Best-selling Author in the German Fantasy and Science-Fiction market.
6 x winner of the "Goldener Stephan", Germany's audience award for fantastic literature.
Random facts:
- Ran for councilman in Lower Austria 2000, won a seat, defended it in two further elections. Spent 15 years as an elected politician.
- Played American Football in the Austrian National League (Divisions 4, 3 and 2), won a bowl.
- Knows how it feels to get stabbed, shot and drowned.
- Former medieval full-contact sword-fighter, won the Marchtrenk tournament (which he organized, so take that with a grain of salt)
- Has a daughter in Germany who doesn't think dad is "cool". Mental note: You can produce video games, ride your Harley through the Australian outback and write SciFi bestsellers and your own offspring will still be more embarrassed than proud.
- Speaks 5 languages fluently with a terrible accent, can beg for mercy and ask for a lawyer in 8 more