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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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The story moves along at a good pace - we're not talking pages of description about tech here - and it is well plotted. I was really drawn into Harris's personal struggle as well; this is sort of explored alongside the main story arc. There is also a nice selection of side characters and bit parts. It reminded me of James SA Corey's "The Expanse," which is a good thing.
But the actions taken by him are closer to a washout. Among other things, the soldier (originally infantry, moved to a kind of drone operation) reacts like a newbie to a death by one of his soldiers. The author had him react poorly to issues that normal soldiers deal with routinely. It was as if it was his first mission.
The mystery itself (won't spoil it) is not surprising in any way shape or form. Poorly written. Don't waste your money.
The characters are thinly drawn and cartoonish, it was difficult to sympathize with any of them. The dialogue was simply awful, either nonsensical or overly dramatic. The plot was full of contrived situations, and the story has more than its share of Deus ex machina resolutions to move the story along.
At times the writing made no sense at all. An example: at one point in the book, while under attack and two characters already dead, the protagonist yells: "We're under attack!" to the people around him who have already fled to cover. Why is this piece of dialog there? Would a seasoned combat veteran point the obvious out, especially when part of the crew are also veterans who have been under fire? Why are they ambushed by a few aliens when the entire planet seems to be full of them....just not right there, right now?
This and many, many other examples left me scratching my head. I finished the book out of shear stubbornness, a decision I now regret. I won't be getting any of the sequels to this story.
If you are looking to kill some spare time between books of "The Expanse" series, I suggest you look elsewhere. This book isn't it.
That said while the book does feel rather formulaic I would say it is above average for the genera. The writing is quite good and decently paced.
That said it also doesn't seem to introduce anything truly new to the genera or anything that got me really excited. The world seems to have that potential hinted at so perhaps the future books in the series will rise to this level.
Overall I would say if you tend to like this kind of book of the type follow single soldier/group of soldiers as they fight and are screwed over the THE MAN/politics which causes them to be used poorly/mistreated getting into really sticky situations then you will like this one. If you don't enjoy that kind of book then you probably won't like this one.
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