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The Lazarus War: Artefact Mass Market Paperback – February 23, 2016
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"A gripping read that moves at warp speed."―Jack Campbell
"Gripping, gritty and unsentimental - Sawyer shows us how perilous future war can be."―Michael Cobley, on The Lazarus War: Artefact
"A hostile race of alien biomechs somewhat in the mould of H. R. Giger aliens . . . terrorism, subterfuge and traitors . . . starships sporting particle beam weapons, railguns the size of skyscrapers, laser batteries, missiles . . . And then there are the uber-human super-soldiers clad in powered armour and wielding plasma weapons . . . Is that enough for you? . . . This, dear readers, is the good stuff. Recommended."―Neal Asher, author of the Agent Cormac novels, on The Lazarus War: Artefact
"A highly promising science fiction debut - a fun, gripping adventure story, with a mystery at its core that kept me turning the pages."―Gary Gibson on The Lazarus War: Artefact
"An adrenaline shot of rip-roaring military SF packed with cinematic action sequences and tightly drawn characters."―Stephen Deas on The Lazarus War: Artefact
"Hyper-speed entertainment from a new master of science fiction!"―William C. Dietz
"This novel is fast-paced and stimulating, grabbing the reader at the beginning and never letting go."―Booklist
About the Author
Jamie Sawyer was born in 1979 in Newbury, Berkshire. He studied Law at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, acquiring a Master's degree in human rights and surveillance law. Jamie is a full-time barrister, practicing in criminal law. When he isn't working in law or writing, Jamie enjoys spending time with his family in Essex. He is an enthusiastic reader of all types of SF, especially classic authors such as Heinlein and Haldeman.
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Generally a good read and I'm looking forward to where the author is going with the series.
Although there are some fierce space battles at the beginning of the book most of the story plays itself out on the ground. Also, I have to say that, the space battles mostly felt like world war one battleships slowly pounding at each other until one of them succumbed. Given my preferences for the “space stuff” in my books this was of course a wee bit disappointing.
Having said that, the ground action is well done and the story is indeed a fairly interesting and compelling one. It is not your usual “drop to the surface and start shooting” kind of story. For a good chunk of the book the story is more of a mystery and intrigue kind of story rather than a straightforward action story even though the marine action is plentiful. Strange artefacts, a mad professor, mercenaries with dubious loyalties, aliens a’ la Starship Troopers and a backdrop of two competing political human blocks. All of it adds some nice twists and flavours to the book and makes it elevate itself a bit from the usual military science fiction that we readers are served.
The main thread of the story is interleaved with flashbacks into Harris’ past. I can understand why the author did it that way but I have to say that I do not like flashbacks whether it is in a book, a TV show or a movie. They did serve their purpose of gradually building the universe and life of Captain Conrad Harris but I just whish the author would have found another way of doing it.
As a start of a series it is a good book. As a debutant work is it quite impressive. The next one in the series is already on my reading list.
Already picked up the second book and will continue on with the series.
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