The humans have finally got what’s coming to them, having been completely conquered by a malevolent alien civilization.
Follow Captain Alice Lee and her crew of the ESS Shadowrunner as they survive on the run, hoping and searching for a way to turn the tide of galactic war.
Those looking for a deeper message beneath the space opera surface may be a bit disappointed. The tired theme of human persistence despite all odds is a bit heavy-handed, but the pages turn quickly as the characters are thrown from one imaginative scenario into the next. There are ship-to-ship conflicts as well as man-to-man. There are even a few interesting encounters that seem to occur primarily within the minds of the combatants, which is difficult to explain except to say that these beings exist as microorganisms and interact by thought alone. Their symbiosis with their host organisms reminded me a little of how the Jedi Knights of Star Wars do business, except with more direct communication between the two.
The author’s voice was clear and easy to understand, but more than once my immersion was ruined by strange punctuation choices. I seem to recall a few paragraphs where every single sentence ended in an exclamation point. It’s difficult to keep up that level of energy in a serious reading voice. This book is in dire need of a good copy edit. It’s a shame because I truly enjoyed everything else.
I found the story extremely engaging. By far its strengths are the fast pace of the plot, the ambiguity of the friend/enemy dynamic, and the interesting situations that really make you wonder how the characters will solve the problems they encounter. I expect great things from this author as his series progresses and the characters get a little more depth. It’s a fast and easy read to be enjoyed by any fan of science fiction. Pick up a copy today.