- File Size: 830 KB
- Print Length: 326 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Wizard's Tower Press; 1 edition (April 19, 2011)
- Publication Date: April 19, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004XJKZLI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The short answer is YES.
First off this is pretty hard science fiction. There are no shields, or transporters and inertial compensator is a funny name for seat belts. The story opens a short time after humanity is contacted by an alien race calling itself First Breed. They wish to share with humanity a colony world and the nations of Earth are being invited to make tender to join this colony.
During the course of the story there really is everything, political intrigue, misdirection and probably a very accurate take on space combat. The writer has pulled off the trick of making aliens actually 'alien' not merely the written equivalent of Star Treks bumpy headed aliens of the week.
It isn't too say it is perfect. The story mentions Earth and you are left with a sense that it is a pretty Balkanised place, it would have better I think if the writer had worked in a bit of background. Particularly in the case of the UK1. But this is a minor point.
In short this is an disregarded classic.
It was a fun book with a good ending. The only thing that made it seem like a book for kids is that the name of the aliens is "Rusties". That seemed appropriate, given their appearance, and it even seems likely that if we ever made first contact with such beings then that is the nickname we would give them.... behind their backs... but it is juvenile (as human beings often are regardless of age) and that lent a certain air of frivolity that took away from the novel a bit. But once I got used to the name it was fine.
It was CERTAINLY better than many SciFi novels that have been written strictly for adults, and they were TRYING. So... I'm recommending the book. I'm sure anyone would enjoy it. I will definitely read the sequel.
I contacted the author to praise him and to offer advice about naming things. He was kind enough to respond and I am delighted he took the time. I am in no way associated with the author. I never met him, and except for that brief exchange, I have never communicated with him. I am mentioning this for full disclosure.