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Fast forward a few years and Earth has completed building three new ships on the moon, ships designed to take the fight to their enemy should they come back. The Shangai is captained by Melissa Liao and during trials out near Saturn, the enemy returns. Captain Liao decides to confront them and in the process, destroys the enemy ship and captures one of the aliens alive.
The writing is fine and decently paced. Overall I liked the idea of the story but it's the execution I have a problem with. Captain Liao is utterly unlikable. I don't mean that in the way you don't like the bad guy because it's the bad guy, I mean there's nothing likable about this character.
You've also got to deal with a scientist/engineer who curses every other sentence for no reason whatsoever and seemingly has no regard for advanced technology. In one scene, she demonstrates an alien sidearm by shooting the bulkhead, causing it to melt, then she casually tosses the weapon aside. It's not believable.
The there's a pissing match between a petty, jealous former executive officer who, somehow commits mutiny in an attempt to commandeer two ships. Now, everybody on board these two ships knows there is a captured alien, but somehow nobody knows that this officer was relived of duty and sent to the brig.
It's just all of the little things that add up.
Someone (aliens?) with a higher iq and/or more perception disagrees and destroys Sydney, including the research facility, Beijing, and (get this) Tehran, the apparent centers for developing this technology , and kills 50 million people. They leave a cryptic message ...do not develop this technology again.
In chapter 2 we learn that 3 600 meter spaceships have been built on the moon. Thsy are equipped with rail guns, teleporters, and anti gravity ...surprise surprise. Not only have we developed this technology we are putting it to use. The "heroine" is given command of one of these ships because she "survived".
I know this is sci fi, but there should be some internal cnsistency some logic. Where are the aliens? Why did they permit this after having killed 50 million people to stop it?
I will stop here. If I'm able to finish the book I may amend this review. In its favor I will say the book seems well written. The book is free and it may still prove to be entertaining.
On the other hand, unlike most books I rated so low, I still finished Lacuna. I liked the protagonist, at least when she isn't busy having sex with her superior officer (even sleeping overnight in his quarters, while they knew the press was right outside)! I liked the world-building, and enjoyed most of the dialog. Loved the eventual reveal of the reasons behind the initial alien attack. Hopefully the author will grow into his craft, and learn to do better research.
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