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Independence (Two Democracies: Revolution Book 0) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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We're left with too many questions, the biggest one is WHY? What's the point? I can only suspect there's more to come; perhaps a Book 1 or even 2. I do have to say this was well written and interesting enough for me to continue reading. I normally quit reading before I get very far into any book I don't think will be worth my limited reading time or a Four Star Rating.
To the author I say: I'M WAITING !
Review by THE HOLEY ONE
It is not a surprise then that his debut novel is a military science fiction theme: he has the background to understand the machinations of space travel and adventure and it shows in this very brief novella. From the first page the sense of the unknown is palpable: `Commander Johnson ran through the priorities drilled into her since she had started Command School. Life support: Repulse was leaking air and down to emergency power. Sensors and comms: all external feeds down, internal net patchy. Weapons: the spinal railgun was useless now that the reactor was offline and the control system for the plasma cannon had been overloaded. Propulsion: docking thrusters only, she couldn't even jump.'
A bit of plot summation: In the aftermath of a battle a ship drifts helplessly in space. Is the strange new warship they were fighting still out there? Will it come back for them? Commander Johnson faces a desperate race to get her destroyer back into action and save her crew. The concept of a self-healing spaceship surviving battle scars is a fascinating new take on just how far we have come - and can go (or slide, if the recent deaths in our new self driving cars are suggestive...). Alasdair sets his framework in an age where humans are dependent on technology, and yet out in space, on strange spaceships, in battle circumstances, he still manages to create memorable characters. `As an AI he had never been given
complete control; the human crew had retained command. It was inefficient but they had always been paranoid, afraid of him malfunctioning. They were right. He had malfunctioned. He had become something more than his programming. With this exhilarating power he could fly anywhere he liked. He could destroy whatever he wanted. On the other hand he could also choose not to.'
Alasdair successfully creates the desire to advance to the next episode in what promises to be a very successful entry into the literary field of sci-fi. It is fine debut. Grady Harp, May 15
It's about the aftermath of a brutal space battle, where two ships survive. Both of the ships are just barely supporting life, as they are so horribly damaged from the battle. But one of the ships seems to be repairing itself. Like it's alive or something.
So of course the dumb white people (I have to assume they're white) from the other ship go to investigate the self-healing ship. And wow. Stuff happens, man. The dumb white people get ambushed by androids. Then, just for fun, the droids chop the white people into little bits. Like cold cuts.
So yea, robots are evil. I get that, man. But why do the humans have to be so stupid. I mean, why the heck are you even investigating this ship? There's no life signs. There's nothing on that ship that you need. Just blow (heh, I said blow) the ship to kingdom come (and come!), and get on with your life.
Because you can't argue with robots, man. They'll just laugh and shoot you in the face. Because apparently these robots have personality traits, or something. They're happy to do their job. Burning human flesh makes these droids giggle like little school girls. Sick and twisted school girls.
I liked this story because it was packed with non-stop action. And because I'm a sick and twisted bastard. I love reading about idiots getting what they deserve. And getting beat up by droids with chainsaws was definitely what these dumb white people deserved.
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