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- Print Length: 140 pages
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- Publisher: Quantum Muse Books; 1 edition (July 16, 2013)
- Publication Date: July 16, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DZCV7RA
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The good thing that Samuel Rochez did was to keep a bomb from exploding, that would have killed many aliens called the Loscar. Unfortunately, humanity was at war with the Loscar at the time, a war that humanity eventually lost. Rochez is universally reviled as the person who was responsible for humanity's defeat. His attempts to live in anonymity don't last very long.
Rochez is forced to join a band of mercenaries traveling to another planet looking for Carlinium, the rarest mineral in the galaxy. It is supposed to be a very simple operation, paving the way for the industrial mining equipment that will come later.
Rochez discovers that the planet is inhabited by very friendly flying creatures that communicate by telepathy. There is little, or no, fear of strangers. Rochez undertakes a long-distance journey with Jawell, one of the natives, to attempt to convince them that the rest of the humans mean to do them, and their planet, a great deal of harm. Along the way, the natives have a more urgent problem. Imagine a herd of stampeding buffalo heading right for your village. What, if anything, can be done about it?
Meantime, back at the ship, a major complication occurs when the Loscar visit the planet, and put it under lock and key. There is no leaving the planet without the Loscar knowing about it. A mutiny is staged because the Captain is supposedly too moderate with the natives. Rochez is re-captured, and a plan is put together to create a way to leave the planet secretly, a plan which involves a nuclear warhead which may destroy part of the planet. Can Rochez keep the home world of the natives from being destroyed?
This is a strong, well-done piece of storytelling. Parts of it might seem preachy or predictable, but it is still well worth reading.
Samuel is literally running and hiding for his life. He's a so-called "traitor" to his own kind. His sense of compassion for the suffering, however, won't allow him to leave an elderly woman dying on a stoop and thus, to get her to safety, he must expose himself. After that, his whole life comes crashing down. What else could he do but sell his precious Human Forces Medal of Honor to escape the mess he's in? So that's just what he does.
Down the road, the book slows down a bit, we are introduced to new human and alien personalities, some of which make the story what it is and it takes a somewhat different turn.
The worst possible thing I could say about Lockdown is that somewhere in the middle, I did start putting it down more because it got a little slower. I guess I was a bit irritated with the alien life in this story as well. I specifically remember being upset that the story had taken the turn it did and thought it would remain on that course, but I'm happy to say it didn't. Actually, if it hadn't taken the slow turn, the end might have been quite a bit less explosive.
At some point we are introduced, in more depth, to a man who is just about the opposite of Samuel. He's big, he's a brute, and he's terrible; at any rate, Lance is a bit of a sociopath. Beyond the center, my thirst for a return to the action was quickly quenched. I was very impressed with the resourcefulness of a major character, the determination and compassion of our hero and the hatred and destructive mindset of our villain. I can easily say it's a four-star read and I would Give Timothy O. Goyette another go any day.
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It's a well-plotted narrative. The author sketches out solid, believable characters with strong personalities. The aliens are well-done. Instead of being humans in funny costumes, they have their own ways of thinking and being. That's exactly what I like to see in an sf novel.
Perhaps it's just the main character's perspective, but humanity comes across looking pretty bad in this book. The downside of the book for me was that it felt depressing at times because of this attitude. I'm a bit more optimistic about humanity's virtues than Sam! That's why I give it four stars instead of five, despite the well-crafted characters and narrative. It might have helped if there were more than just a few likable humans.
It ends as if there is going to be a sequel, so there's hope yet. Maybe at least a few more members of the human race will turn out to be worth saving. I look forward to seeing what happens next.
All in all, it's a solid book and well worth the read.