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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1546633812
- Publisher: Phalanx Press (May 3, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 3, 2017
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- Language: English
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On landing, they find that the temperature is plus 45deg Celsius every day, there is no water, their medic was killed in the crash and they are not alone.
Within a very short time frame, the Marine unit is attacked by an unknown alien force that is almost undefeatable with their current weapons, and they are forced to hide inside the shuttle in the killer heat.
With no chance of the ship in orbit able to rescue them until they reach a rendezvous point, the crew will have to leave the safety of the shuttle. The only question is how do they make it past these terrifying creatures?
And this is the story, you live with the Marines in their crashed shuttle, boiling away, trying to work out how to escape. Why 120 seconds? Without giving too much away, one of the Marines discovers that the aliens have a weakness, one that might just give the Marines 120 seconds to reach the LZ, 120 for what is left of the dehydrated, wounded, run-down exhausted Marines to run the 5 minutes distance to the LZ, in the 120 seconds that the Rookie has discovered…
This is reminiscent in parts of Pitch Black, only with trained Marines, and to be honest, the aliens are a little more daunting. This is a Sci-Fi story, full of action, but with a full on thriller entwined through it, just to make sure that you are fully engrossed and totally captivated by the story. Make sure that when you pick this up, you have enough time to read it in a single sitting, because you won’t want to put it down.
120 Seconds is a masterful piece of breathtaking writing, with exceptional Characters that really bring this story to life and gives it its true potential. There are scenes that are totally breathtaking, and others that are just pure genius in this short story.
Overall this is one of the best examples I have read of this type of short story – exciting, fast moving, intelligent, good Sci-Fi, exceptional characters, some awesome aliens, this is Mil Sci-Fi at its best, and is just too good to be missed. Best of all, it is totally standalone, you don’t need to have read anything to enjoy it.
A space shuttle with a platoon of “Commando Marines,” crashes on a sun scorched, desert planet. The band of disagreeable marines [no one appears to find their comrades bearable] find themselves besieged by sentient, alien rock creatures [sic]. A female, rookie marine, becomes the catalyst of a plan, to escape the downed shuttle, force their way through the ever-increasing number of aliens, and make their way to an extraction LZ with the decreasing number of survivors.
The writing execution-sentences, tenses, etc.-is competent, though non-British readers may be put off by the heavy idiom. A “torch,” is not a cutting or welding instrument, but a flashlight. “Yeah,” appears chronically the way too many on this side of the pond use “you know.” The use of flashback chapters, as every other chapter is leaden. It amazingly makes a short novella drag, an annoying achievement by the author.
The final and fatal flaw of the story for this reader, are the multiple, disingenuous contrivances utilized by the author as plot devices. [Spoilers Alert!] “Torches (flashlights)” are used to deter aliens, indigenous natives of a sun scorched planet; high noon puts the aliens in a strict two (2) minute long, inert status; and a “deus ex machina,” event at the conclusion, saves the surviving marines. [Other readers may be more accepting of the plot devices, so not all examples have been listed. End of Spoilers Alert] The choices made by Mr. Robertson, are unfair to any honest reader. To spring unsupportable writer’s “tricks” in the storyline, is a ruse on readers. Having not read any of the author’s many other works, this reader does not know whether “120 Seconds...,” is a one-off, or indicative of a pattern. The likelihood of this reader investing time in reading any of the author’s other works is unlikely, “...yeah?”
“120 Seconds: A Shadow Order Story...,” is not recommended.
The novella was fully read via Kindle Unlimited.