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I struggled with a lot of the characters because there really wasn't one that I felt connected too. Each was vital to the story and were great representatives of their respective outlooks on life, but none really spoke to me on a personal level. Jack probably came the closest to a kindred spirit, but Morth and Gretchen were probably my favorite characters...
I was both intrigued and horrified by the "master" concept. Understanding history, I felt the depiction was accurate and truthful - many primitive people mistake advanced peoples for gods. It was just very uncomfortable for me and the character Christine just seemed all the more heinous because of her choices. I found I loathed her as much as I did the antagonist, Kor.
Overall, this is a really good read and I'd recommend it for scifi readers. It has mystery, adventure, suspense, violence, and love... It isn't a "light" read, but it is a fascinating one!
I really enjoyed this story. The storytelling was a bit rough in places, but that didn’t take me out of the wonderful world that Kilczer built. I was hooked from the first chapter as Christine discovers a partial skull of a species unknown on the planet Tartarus. A planet full of reptiles, but no mammals. But it’s what finds Christine that moves this story onward.
The main protagonist is Jules Rammis, a man running from a past mistake. Though, he doesn’t see it that way. To him, his reason for staying on Tartarus, and not home on Earth with his wife and child, is to track down the missing mammalian link. It’s not until he’s made a hunter-slave by the evil Loranth, Kor, that he finally comes to terms with his past.
The world Kilczer built is alive with very unique and different life forms. Even the different aliens that came to study the planet are varied and interesting. I love the fact that Kilczer used phrases unique to the story and planet. That made everything so believable. I felt I was right there with Jules and Jack as they went to confront the malicious Kor and stop his diabolical plans to destroy all Terrans. Did they make it in time?
Though the story didn’t end with any cliffhangers, I felt invested enough in Jules to want to find out what the future holds for him. Will his wife take him back? So, I’ve bought the next book in the series. I just hope it won’t take me a year to read it.
If you love a fast-paced, suspenseful, sci-fi space story, then this one is for you. I give it 5 feathers.
The characters are well-developed and details of future idiom and technology provide a down-to-earth sensibilty despite the setting on a distant planet. It is very well done and I give it five stars. I'm looking forward to continuing the series.