Recently I got my hands on a copy of Starshatter by Minds.com's own @Aragmar who writes under the pen name of The Black Knight.
Starshatter is the first in a series of ten novels, plus various side and short stories in the universe. It acts as the introduction to the series, introducing most of the main players in the series.
Starshatter itself is a callback to classic sci-fi. When I read it, it felt like I was reading something written from the old sci-fi forefathers and to me, it felt like there was a particularly strong connection with the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and in a strange way, Bram Stoker's non Dracula works as well.
Starshatter is a short but entertaining read about various interesting sci-fi races mixed with surprising and unique ideas, such as the 'Ascended' which are animals such as bunnies, hamsters and gorillas who's races were given sentience and became space-farers themselves.
The book is very much an introduction piece so there's not a whole lot of overarching plot (which I'm sure comes later) aside from introducing the backstories of the main characters and how the crew of the Starshatter, which the book is named after, come together. Still though, this book is action packed and every chapter there's something happening, often a fun space battle.
I don't want to spoil too much, so I won't dive any further in, because I want you to read the story for yourself, but if you grew up on the forefathers of science fiction like Verne, Burroughs, Stoker and contemporaries, then this book will be right up your alley and you should check it out.