- File Size: 1895 KB
- Print Length: 253 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 5, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I9PRZF6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,913,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The voice it's written in is actually pretty decent, and the descriptions of the world around the characters is actually decent enough as well, but I just couldn't really find enough depth in the characters and their struggles to care. It's not a terrible read, and I totally understand why some people would enjoy it. I just got bored half-way through.
The book gets five stars from me. It has great action scenes, decent characters with just enough backstory to make you care about them but not so much as to drag the story, and a pretty compelling universe it's set
While not crazy about insect-aliens, the bugs here won me over, mostly because Nigel does a good job of creating an actual bug society, and explaining it as much as he needs to in order to make the bugs more than simply generic video-game aliens. He also does a good job of still keeping the bugs aliens, though: there is never a feeling that these are simply humans with bug shells, and Nigel gives great descriptions -- limited in perspective because his humans don't know much about the bugs -- of how bugs act, what they eat, even what they smell like. It's all very well done.
Nigel also uses a minimum of explanation about the universe, and that works effectively. That lack of explanations has effect of making the reader feel closer to the world itself; assuming familiarity with the world means that the narrator is less intrusive and we're more along for the ride, and it gives the third-person writing more of that immediate first-person feel. When the world needs to be explained in Masquerade, it gets explained as part of the action. There are, for example, three levels of society on Earth, A, B, and C, and the poorest level is C, which one of the characters has to spend some time in, unwillingly (Level C is like Mad Max taking place in the sewer city of Futurama), and Nigel doesn't spend any time explaining how Earth got this way or even much about how it works, other than to have some characters mention some things in passing, as part of the action. It works because it keeps the story from dragging and makes me feel like I'm part of that world as opposed to only reading about it.
Throughout the book, Nigel does that, and each revelation of the universe he's created is simply presented as "Oh, here are more things you ought to know about because they're just the world, you know", from asteroid mines/spaceship stops to an entire resort created on another planet by aliens for humans to visit to starships to the organization behind the conspiracy, Nigel presents these things are both amazingly detailed and seem to fit together well, but are also just mentioned in passing, for the most part, so the book moves along at a great pace and almost never slows down.
The effect is to have the book feel like a movie, which is a great compliment: books are not like movies, after all, in that they're read over days (or weeks, in my case) and put down and picked back up, while movies are just watched, usually in one sitting. (Not at my house, but that's not pertinent, here.)
The other effect is to make me want more. There's so much of the universe that Nigel touches on here that this set of worlds could provide a lot more stories. Like the Star Wars universe-- again, very much a compliment -- Nigel has created an entire system that would just spin off story after story after story, which means that I'll finish up with
The main character, Jason Locke is kind of a superman, something else I usually find that kind of character annoying. Again, though, Nigel compensates for it, in two ways. First, he puts Jason into an environment where it's hard for him to be a superman: Jason spends most of his time in the bugs' ship, where even his amazing abilities are taxed because everything is so strange. That helps a bit, because it introduces a weakness for Jason without it being the artificial "my powers are no good against wood" variety. Jason's weakness is simply that there was no way to really prepare for the bug ship, and it shows.
More importantly, though, and more successfully, Nigel has supporting characters that make up for Jason being a superman. Supermen are kind of bland and hard to root for: we know they're going to win and we can't really empathize with them because we are people who wake up in the morning achey and sore from simply going for a walk last night, or who struggle to figure out how to use our GPS and can't imagine figuring out an alien computer system. Or at least certain people writing this post are like that. But Nigel's supporting characters are more fleshed out and more human and easier to root for-- number one among them the co-star, Jason's new wife, who sets out to try to tell Jason of the conspiracy and has a far harder time than she'd imagined she would getting to him. That half of the story -- Jason's wife is more or less the co-star of the book -- is every bit as absorbing as the main, Jason-centric story, or more so because Jason's wife is more human and has a harder time of it.
Nigel does that successfully with other characters, including the bad guys, most of whom (with the exception of the main antagonist trying to kill Jason's wife) are well-drawn and have motivations that make sense and have enough backstory that you kind of care about them or at least keep them from being caricatures.
The main antagonist, though, is more or less the opposite of Jason: a superman who seems able to absorb any punishment and keep on going. In a bad guy, that's more acceptable than in a hero, if only because we're not asked to identify with the bad guy and also because that guy is in the Jason's wife part of the story, and it makes her plight more serious that she can't shake this guy for so long.
One thing I wanted to mention, too: even though they spend most of the story apart, Jason and his wife are a compelling couple that makes you actually believe they could be married and makes them seem more real. Husband-and-wife superspies is a hard concept to pull off, but Nigel does it here and it really helps the story.
Overall: This book deserves to be a movie. It deserves sequels, and spin-offs, and deserves to be mentioned in the pantheon with Star Wars and Star Trek and other great sci-fi stories. It has that same feel to it, a combination of sheer adventure with some philosophy mixed, as those two universes, do. It's a fast read and one I found compelling enough to look forward to reading each day. A definite must-buy for any sci-fi lover.
Humanity has for years been fighting against a race of insectoid aliens called the Chitt'k, but not much is known about these bugs. Jason Locke, a trained commando and actor, is tasked with using a mechanical bug suit to infiltrate an alien ship to find out their secrets.
Meanwhile on Earth, Jason's wife who is also a commando unearths a government conspiracy and winds up dumped in the wilds of old New York, which is pretty much a ghetto overseen by drug lords. She has to escape to try to warn her husband of the threat.
This is a tense, entertaining sci-fi thriller. It has enough twists and turns that you can never be sure what's going to happen next. Highly recommended.
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