This, the original Buck Rogers story, is quality storytelling in the vein of classic science fiction, of which it is certainly a fine example. Of course, the later movies and television productions derived from the adventures of Buck Rogers--who isn't even called "Buck" in this tale--took the story in very different directions and played up the space opera elements of the story, so readers only acquainted with the character (and his best girl, Wilma Deering) through those versions may be a bit put off by the the more earth-bound narrative of this novella. Still, it is a fine story, with realistically drawn characters and believable treatments of the great changes in both technology and culture which await the protagonist when he is awakened from an artificial sleep several hundred years in the future. The villains are not extraterrestrial, but of Asian origin, and the story is definitely not politically correct by the standards of 2014 A.D., but that is probably a good thing. There is also a brief commentary on the differences between capitalist and socialist economics and culture, with the author seeming to (unfortunately) push the socialist ideal rather more positively. But if the action lacks dog fighting star ships and alien invaders, it still delivers lots of action delivered with considerable attention to realism (especially in terms of military tactics), some romance, and more than a few neat sci-fi gadgets and weapons. It may not be what the uninitiated expect from Buck Rogers, but it's still a fine story.