Gareth is the author of five science-fiction novels and two short story collections. His third novel, Ack-Ack Macaque, book one in the Macaque Trilogy, was the winner of the 2013 BSFA novel award. He lives in Bristol, UK. Find him on Twitter @garethlpowell.
Powell's writing is fast-paced and fun and full of adventure. He's on my must-read list. - Ann Leckie a book dominated by strong women, hairs-breadth escapes, interpersonal conflicts, and ultimately, the dogged determination of human beings, and others, to become better versions of themselves. -- Sci-Fi Magazine With a definite vibe from the Firefly television series, this first in a planned trilogy will appeal to fans of Leckie, Iain Banks, and Anne McCaffrey. -- Booklist turns some of our favorite space opera tropes (including sentient starships) to eleven - Barnes & Noble SFF blog A smart, funny, tragic, galloping space opera that showcases Powell's wit, affection for his characters, world-building skills and unpredictable narrative inventions... The chapters are taut and bite-sized, making for some propulsive reading. His prose, which wastes no words, is vivid and sharp, and at times grittily poetic...Full of all the gosh-wow ideation and thriller-style action that one could ask for. We get a full sense of galactic history and cultures, economies and polities...Fans of Neal Asher, Alistair Reynolds, and Michael Cobley will embrace Powell's book wholeheartedly. Its fresh spins on the grand space opera motifs, as well as its superior characterizations, prove there's life in the old Trouble Dog yet. - Locus Magazine an emotionally wrenching take on life in a war-torn far future... leading to an explosive finale with strong series potential. - Publishers Weekly Will appeal to military sf fans, especially those who seek a little mystery in space...If you enjoy James A. Corey or Vernor Vinge, you will want to read this. - Library Journal When you have an imagination like Gareth Powell's, you must write or paint or otherwise vent that imagination through art so your head won't explode. - New York Journal of Books A nice blend of hardware and humanity...with elements of today and a logically projected far future....leaves a group of enthralled readers hungry for more - New York Journal of Books A fantastic space opera with tight prose, fast pacing, and unforgettable characters...The next book in this series cannot come fast enough. I'm in it for the long haul with this series. I highly recommend this book. It is not a book you want to miss. -- Looking Glass Reads This is a true space opera, full of suspense, and mystery, and stuff blowing up real good--but it's the humanity of Powell's vision that truly makes it something special Barnes & Noble SFF turns some of our favorite space opera tropes to eleven Barnes & Noble SFF It's fast paced, it's intricate and it's complex. Erlebnisse The writing is wonderfully descriptive, and I loved the concepts and definitely want to see where our ragtag group of heroes will go next Frumious Consortium If you have even a MILD love for Science Fiction Novels PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pick this book up! - Fangirl Nation This action-packed, adventure has plenty of drama, suspense, and intrigue. With colorful characters and an unpredictable plot, I thoroughly enjoyed this start of a fun, new trilogy SciFi Chick Practically zooms across space, pulling the reader along with it. This is an excellently paced adventure that swells with energy and force, upping the stakes at every turn of the page. - BookPage a big book that hits all of the buttons that make space opera one of my favorite genres - Tor.com Other Space Operas I've read this year have had the characters, the scale, the sensawunda, and the big dumb objects, but it is Embers of War that marries it with the best writing - Skiffy & Fanty's Reviewer's Picks All in all, Embers of War was a great read that ticked off the boxes when it comes to what I look for in a military sci-fi or space opera 4/5 Stars - The BiblioSanctum Powell finds the heart in each member of Trouble Dog's crew of loners and outcasts, not to mention the ship herself - Barnes & Noble SFF Blog