Ad Astra (Adventures of the Starship Satori Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 228 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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I recently received this book on his Friday Freebies from my favorite Sci-Fi author David Van Dyke. This appears to be the first of many books to follow in a series, which is not my favorite way to read a book. I don't mind if the book is a long one but don't try my patience with $0.99 at a time, then up to $.2.99 for yet another. I won't be following up on this one. Tell it all at once or even use the same characters in other books, but don't string me along with cliff hangers.
The plot has been explored in longer books, so the introduction and preparations are abbreviated. Imagery of the moon and cavern containing their work is O.K. The humans are thumbnail sketches; it leaves me wondering where they got experience. The pacing is fast and speeds up as the story unrolls. Effect is tantalizing, but with uneven plotting. It doesn't quite pull me in.
I am on the fence about the story arc, wondering what they will do with this wondrous machine, but fearful that it is built on impossible fantasies.
For the most part the story flows smoothly and the characters are developed sufficiently for you to understand their motivations and skills. A budding entrepreneur who has his quickly expanding lunar mining operations funded by the military discovers the remains of a alien spacecraft on the moon and rebuilds it in secret. After jury rigging repairs and adding new earthly control systems, he assembles a team of friends and misfits to fly the ship on a secret maiden flight. From launch things begin to fall apart and internal sabotage nearly destroys the craft and kills the crew. Of course, the "good" guys prevail at the very edge of oblivion and the ship moves to an alien world in another system. End of Volume 1.
Serial stories are a widely recognized device in traditional and current science fiction, but are not everyone's cup of tea. I happen to enjoy this model and find Ad Astra to be an above average example of the genre. I would have preferred to have at least something resolved in this volume, but recognize the situation the author found himself in by going back to revise a single volume of this ongoing saga. This volume is much improved and displays the growth of the author, and his characters, as he continues to write new additions to the saga, but he was unable to change the basic story line, especially the ending point, without affecting the connection to the next and future volumes.
Well worth the price and a treat for a reader who is willing to commit to the long run and read the full range of what is currently six volumes.
Most recent customer reviews
Characters come to life good dialogue nice twists to the plot
I will enjoy the rest of this series now
I found myself skipping pages and only reading a word here or there to keep up with the story.Read more