- File Size: 423 KB
- Print Length: 308 pages
- Publication Date: January 18, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0794QQBM5
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The setting is that after an interplanetary war The Directorate was created to preserved the peace and form a central government. A security force was created comprising members from all three planets. They reason that integrating all the planets soldiers this will ease the tensions brought about by the previous war. There's also a mega corporation that invented most of the technology making space travel and colonization possible that has become the controlling voice in the Directorate.
The protagonist is Lieutenant Gannon from Mars. She is in the guard in what is supposed to be a time of peace, but a faction known as Earth Firsters begin making trouble. They want Planet Rights!
At first there are small terrorist attacks that escalate to an attack on Mars. There are traitors that subvert the security from within, a bumbling bureaucracy slow to respond to an existential threat, a too big to fail corporation controlling the economy, and government, plus a kick ass hero.
The story is plausible because Berthold shows an understanding of human nature, knowledge of corporate greed, as well as engrained fossilized government stupidity.
Let me tell you, The Directorate was a wonderful way to get back into the swing of things. The ethos of Heinlein mingles with shades of Star Wars, providing an exciting cornucopia of huge starships and vast conspiracies. With a bloody history, Mars, Luna, and Earth are having a hard time maintaining their alliance and no side can claim the high ground. In the middle of it all, our protagonist, Lt. Theresa Gannon, proves that heroes are forged under fire when she’s forced to make life-changing decisions at every turn.
Berthold does a fine job of keeping the reader hooked from one chapter to the next. I never felt bored as he moves things along at a rapid pace. The variety of setting and characters truly spiced up the narrative.
Having finished The Directorate, I was happy to see he’s hard at work on another book. I’d ride a motorcycle across Mars just to get a copy! 😉
Keep ’em comin’, Berthold!
I also appreciated Mr. Gambrel’s deft handling of human societies’ mitigations of current risky technologies like artificial intelligence and constantly-on information devices (smartphones).
I don’t make this comparison lightly, given my very high esteem for Robert A. Heinlein’s work, but I found myself comparing Mr. Gambrel’s novel to such Heinlein classics as SPACE CADET, FARMER IN THE SKY, “The Green Hills of Earth” and even STARSHIP TROOPERS. I’m very hopeful this book will have a sequel and, in any case, look forward to reading much more of his work in the future.
In the context of a science fiction story, there is a main character here, Theresa Gannon, that you get a real feel for, and other characters that are fleshed out and real.
What ultimately intrigues me about The Directorate is that the Directorate, the governing body in this story, is engaged in an activity of questionable ethics. Theresa Gannon, a solider who is responsible for securing and defending the Directorate, is confronted with a challenge to her duty in light of that ethical quandary. And Berthold leaves the question wide open for the reader to consider and answer.
The key thing or me is this: the story ended with me feeling like there is more story to tell. Maybe a sequel. Maybe another story about the world Berthold has created. Something. There seem to be many more stories that could be told about this future world Berthold has created. And I want to read those stories. (I'd love to see Gannon deal with the ethical dilemma of her service to the Directorate in a future story. Hint, hint.)