#BookReview – “Searching Among the Stars” by Vicky Burkholder


Cass Brennan makes her living scavenging artifacts and searching for her lost parents, while piloting her spacecraft. When she discovers an ancient ship, everyone rushes to steal her prize. Along with her godfather, and Zack Anderson, who she admires for his expertise with engines, gentle manner, and handsome features, Cass refuses to go down without a fight.

Zack is on a search also-to find who’s responsible for destroying his family. He doesn’t want to believe the beautiful, brave, and talented woman he’s trying hard not to fall for is the one he seeks. The more he gets to know Cass, the idea of her being a murderer is ridiculous, and he is definitely ready to take the next step in their relationship.

Zack and Cass are betrayed and then stranded on an unforgiving planet. While nature’s forces try to kill them, they fight to stay alive.


In book 3 of the Galactic Danger series, Cass Brennan captains the Seeker in her salvage missions of derelict ships. After she stumbles upon an extraordinary find of historical and monetary value, she gathers a team of trustworthy people to help her study and tag it. When her old nemesis shows up to steal it, she soon learns one of her most beloved friends is a traitor.

Ship engineer Zack Anderson has befriended Cass and her business partner, Ben, because he believes Ben is responsible for a heinous crime that has cost his family dearly. Though he has romantic feelings for Cass, he’s not sure if she’s in cahoots with Ben and his dangerous sideline. Likewise, Cass is so determined to find her missing, presumed dead, parents that she doesn’t have time for a real relationship, no matter how much she wants Zack.

What a great story! When it comes to futuristic books, I mostly read super-hot alien romances, but this one is more sci/fi with a clean romance subplot (no detailed sex scenes). That’s totally okay with me because I always place the plot above the sexy stuff.

The story doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, per se, but there are some unanswered questions, which will undoubtedly be addressed in the next book. Cass is such a wonderful character, and I’m eager to read more about her and find out what happened to her parents.

My favorite character is probably Hopper, and though his backstory is still a mystery, I suspect readers will learn more about him as the series continues.

I haven’t read the previous books in the series, and while I would love to, this story stands well by itself. For lovers of science fiction, I definitely recommend this book.

4.5 Stars

— If you’ve read this book, I’d love to know what you think of it. Please comment below.

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