Wine Dark Deep by R. Peter Keith – Review

Published: October 12, 2020

Publisher: Uphill Downhill Press

Series: Wine Dark Deep #1

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 149 (ebook)

My Rating: 1.5/5.0

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


A hard science-fiction space opera.

The First Book in the Epic Odyssey of the Spaceship Ulysses and its Crew!

When the solar system’s key asteroid mine is seized by revolutionaries, it puts the secret mission of the spaceship Ulysses in jeopardy. Without a refueling launch from the asteroid, the survival of the ship and its crew is uncertain. The safest course for the Ulysses? Abandon the mission and limp home.

But Cal Scott, captain of the Ulysses, is an astronaut of the old school and failure is not an option. He has a plan: head straight for the asteroid belt and get their fuel—one way or another.

I picked up this novella on a whim mostly because I liked the title. Unfortunately, this book just didn’t quite work for me. Since it was only 149 pages, I decided to power through but I did seriously consider DNF’ing it at about 30% in because I was so BORED.

Calvin Scott is the captain of the spaceship Ulysses, which was on a mission to survey a planet (if I remember correctly). The asteroid base they needed to stop at for refueling decided they were going to rebel against the corporations and they weren’t going to refuel the Ulysses. Cal Scott decided that wasn’t going to fly, so he decided to take matters into his own hands and went down to the asteroid base to negotiate or take the fuel by force. All by himself. 

The whole story was just a little ridiculous. Like, this Cal Scott guy is apparently such a wildcard he could mess up the entire rebellion by himself. Even though his ship is basically stranded because they need fuel. Also, the rebellion was such a joke – horribly planned, the people weren’t really that committed, and honestly that probably made it more realistic. For some reason the story and characters (mostly Cal Scott) were so cringey. 

This is a series I won’t be continuing for obvious reasons. I just didn’t like it and thought it was boring. Even when the action started, I just kind of chuckled and thought it would be a marvelously bad movie starring Tom Hardy because the MC didn’t talk very much and just I kept skimming along.

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