- File Size: 1083 KB
- Print Length: 502 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N257TRC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a good "beer and skittles" novel for a summer afternoon, which is exactly how I read it. RJB.
There is much to enjoy in this story with the main character, Brad Johnson, his wife and in-laws being exposed to aliens and a long-standing interstellar war. There are great tongue in check references to "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" that resonate truthfully as the ignorant Earthling comes to grips with the advanced technology and seemingly complex alien societies. I found Brad remarkably like Buckaroo Bonzai as an extremely intelligent, talented, brave and loving humanist. He throws himself at every opportunity and exceeds all expectations to gain the maximum benefit to save those he loves and to ultimately do the right thing while having irreverent fun.
Brad’s primitive Earthling naiveté allows him to serve his new comrades well as he questions the fallacies he sees in the alien power structure, decision making and cultural interchanges. The applied American brashness to question everything and take risks saves the day. Sure, maybe it’s simplistic and feel good but that’s the point, we want to feel good! Gottlieb shares a great sense of humor with scenes where Brad is being overtly surveilled by his imprisoners and yet he is eager to ride his exercise bike right into them to see if they will jump.
One of my favorite aspects of Gottlieb’s story is her insight into military bureaucracy and the realistic impacts on prolonged warfare. The exploration of how safety concerns drive extreme risk averse decision making and ties the hands of the warfighter while bureaucrats self-congratulate. Over time, no one any longer questions the validity of these constraints.
While the injection of realistic military hierarchy, battle strategy and tactical maneuvers gives credibility, it also brings opportunities to learn and laugh. The term “wifferdale” was great – I had to look it up but it engaged a tactile sensation that intensified the battle training.
I recognize this is a self-published first edition so I have every confidence that the minor but frequent grammar errors and some pedantic and redundant phrasings will disappear in the next edition. It took Stephen King 20 years to re-edit his "Dark Towers' initial novel. This should be encouraging for a whole new wave of writers.
I've often said I don't want to read anymore new fantasy authors as the anticipation for the next book is excruciating. However, I thought this new SciFi story was a stand-alone. I don't think so as the ending clearly built up a perfect on-ramp for a new adventure. Gottlieb’s is a fresh and smart voice I highly recommend to anyone’s must read SciFi shelf. I happily await the next installment for the Johnsons, the N’Klaftins, and their CIG allies and enemies.
This story is believable science fiction, about two married couples, one of each of which is off-world in origin. A crisis reactivates these two into their former fighting forces, and another earthman joins with them, to become a hero.
Gottleib writes well, and is a good story teller. I will look for more of his stories.