- 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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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Directorate Kindle Edition
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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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.
Given I'm not normally a sci-fi reader, I need good description to ground me in the story. This book had it. I could visualize the planets, the equipment, the advanced technology--kudos to the author for creating these vivid images in my mind. Furthermore, I loved the main character. Gannon is humble, moral, and duty-bound, and the reader roots for her from the start. And she is not the only strong female character in this book, so another five stars to the author for that.
An engrossing read written with intelligence and heart. I thoroughly enjoyed the story.