Review – Ten Thousand Thunders by Brian Trent

Ten Thousand Thunders

Book Title: Ten Thousand Thunders

Book Description: Welcome to Earth, the year 322 of the New Enlightenment. Having just been killed in a mysterious shuttle explosion, Gethin Bryce is back to uncover what happened. An unusually gifted investigator with the InterPlanetary Council, Gethin is tasked with seeking out the truth behind unexplained anomalies that lie outside IPC control. In the dazzling arcologies that arose from the ashes of war, death is a passing inconvenience and technology has made all things possible... except for true freedom. Humanity has colonized nearby worlds, but all are subject to the unquestioned authority of the IPC. And expansion beyond Sol is forbidden. In the world outside the arcologies, mortal life is savage and fleeting. The ruins of Old Calendar cities serve as living testaments to an age when warfare nearly extinguished the human race. The remnants of that grisly era linger in the forgotten outlands, catacombs, and diseased underdark, as the descendants of bygone warlords fight for the scraps in the shadow of the civilized world. Now, in the fourth century of a new age, war is brewing once again. A dark conspiracy is extending its reach across cities and worlds. Gethin's investigation takes him from the luxurious enclaves of Earth's elite, to the battered Wastes beyond civilization's protective thrall. Linking up with an inquiry team from a planet-spanning corporate powerhouse, he also befriends a grim and reluctant outlander. She has an important piece of the puzzle--evidence of a sadistic entity which threatens not just civilization, not just Earth, but all life... Everywhere.

Book Author: Brian Trent

Book Format: EBook

Date published: 2018-10-06

ISBN: 9781787580169

Number Of Pages: 288

  • Writing - 8/10
  • Development - 6.5/10
  • Overall - 8/10
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Will they survive? Ten Thousand Thunders


It has taken me far too long to review this book and for that, I’m really really sorry. I received a copy of this book from Flame Tree Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Ten Thousand Thunders is a spectacular science fiction novel that shows a world divided.  I was unfamiliar with Brian Trent’s work but his imaginative look at a possible future is fascinating. 

Gethin Bryce is our main character who has died early on in the book. He is brought back and is on a mission to find out what happened. 


If you’re new into the realm of science fiction then it can be hard to get into as the writing can be dense and can often fall into the trap of “information dumping” with little else going for it. This is not the case here. While there were times I felt a little confused or a little overwhelmed by the information and the jumping, Brian Trent has such a way of writing that you can’t help but keep going. 

Brian Trent writes an amazing world and the history that he gives us of Earth, Luna and Mars were really interesting to me. 

I was also a fan of the characters, and how Trent wrote them in. Gethin is the main character and Trent writes him really well. Other characters, namely Celeste and Keiko and Jonas, were equally written well. I found myself kind of skipping past the action or info heavy sections so that I could read more about the characters. I was really interested in Jonas in particular who was fully realized.

Trent writes in a quick and structured way. And while it slips into “information dumping” from time to time I’m really impressed with Brian Trent’s writing. He writes in a really crisp and sharp way with strong metaphors that imagined a world that was descriptive. 


Ten Thousand Thunders develops like a crime novel and that was really interesting to me. The plot developed at a good pace. Although at times the story was dense and I had to push through or restart a chapter. This probably says more about me than the book though!

Trent develops the characters really well. And I was particularly fond of Celeste and Jonas. Their stories were probably the most realized of the novel. 


Overall this is a good book. It was dense and while there wasn’t a huge amount of “info dumping” there were moments where I felt a little overwhelmed. There’s a lot going on and if can feel like there’s a bit too much going on. Also if you’re not a huge fan of violence just be wary. For me, it didn’t really make too much of a difference. 

That being said it’s a really good sci-fi space crime. If you’re a fan of Altered Carbon then this is definitely one you should check out and I’ll be keeping my eyes open for Brian Trent’s work and a possible sequel going forward. 

Have you read it? What do you think? Sound off below!

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Therese Walsh

Thérèse is an Anthropologist, Klingon enthusiast and bookworm. She's second generation nerd with a passion for everything Star Trek, Star Wars and generally everything! She's based in Ireland and lives with her husband and two fur babies Yoda the Dog and Zombie the Cat

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