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The Dark Colony (Asteroid Police Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00LAZVF58
- Publisher : Richard Penn; 2nd edition (June 25, 2014)
- Publication date : June 25, 2014
- Language: : English
- File size : 3843 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 298 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1500357251
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,680,497 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Lisa, the main character, is well developed and likeable. She isn't perfect and when she finds herself leading an investigation that is beyond anything she has dealt with before, she does not develop sudden magical skills, she asks for help. In a genre where most space jockeys are swaggering heroes without flaw, Lisa is refreshingly real.
My only criticism, and this seems to be the consensus of other reviewers, is that the antagonists are not developed. I do understand that this is the first in the series and not the last we will see of them, but I would like to have seen some more of what their motive was for forming the rogue colony. At first they seemed like simple smugglers, but then it seemed as if they had more of a political agenda, yet in the end, we know nothing of their true motives.
Overall, it was a great story that would appeal to fans of colonization sci-fi. I look forward to continuing the series.
The Dark Colony, today’s book, is set on a colony orbiting the very real asteroid Terpsichore. Our heroine, Lisa, is an 18-year-old junior cop in the very small colony (around 400 people all told) whom, in Chapter 1, finds a dead body. What’s especially shocking is that said dead body is the first stranger Lisa has ever met.
Thus begins my many, many heartburns with the book. Penn, in an attempt to be realistic, has kept his travel between points in space slow – arguably too slow, and too infrequent to support a realistic economy. I have other world-building issues, such as a colony spun to produce 1/100th of a G gravity.
My biggest heartburn begins when the investigation gets up to speed. Nobody would reasonably expect the police department of a 400-person village to handle a murder all on their own. So they call for help from Mars. But because of the travel issues, Mars is really just computer help and talking heads on a video screen. Yet when Lisa is told by Mars to arrest people she’s known her whole life, she does so without a peep! Moreover, the locals stand for it.
Now, I have to say I found The Dark Colony a refreshing change of pace from typical SF asteroids of late, which seem to be infested with gun-toting libertarians. The economy and politics is much more (realistically, in my view) collectivist. But I do believe than Penn has tossed the baby out with the bathwater in regards to how people would realistically behave. Simply put, if The Authorities can’t actually put boots on the ground (or whatever passes for ground locally) they aren’t really in authority.
I wish I could say that the breathless prose and other stylistic points salvaged the story for me. They don’t. The prose is workmanlike at best, and a fair amount of the dialog is maid-and-butler. I get the feeling that Penn hasn’t ever lived in a small town, which is reflected in his characters. Like much self-published stuff, The Dark Colony is an interesting concept not well executed.
Top reviews from other countries
While I may have liked the paranoia of having a killer aboard an enclosed environment, like a space station, with no hope of outside help, explored a bit more fully, Penn does and admirably job of steering us through some very dark waters in an action packed space thriller that also bows to the laws of hard sci-fi.
The characters are well drawn and engaging. The pacing is fairly tight. I definitely would read a sequel and I recommend it to all fans of the genre. An impressive début and who the hell cares that it's self published. Cream rises to the top as well!