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- Print Length: 32 pages
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- Publication Date: December 31, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MR1VVDU
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Primordial: A Liberator Universe Novelette Kindle Edition
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This is a great concept, with good writing. I would love to have an expanded story about this ancient enemy and it's origins and purpose.
It is a classic sci-fi horror set up: our heroes come upon a mysterious and ancient space ship floating abandoned above a mysterious planet with an ancient artifact on the surface. With the reader shouting: "No, don't do it!", they go to investigate, lured by dreams of the wealth the salvage could bring.
This is a neat little short story which is said to be set in the same universe as 'Liberator' but I have to say it is easily fine as a stand alone read and I, personally, could not make the connection to anything specific from that universe. The writing is easily as good as 'Liberator'. The pacing is as fast and as gripping. Those factors alone earn it a great rating from me. The characters are rather hurriedly portrayed, apart from the main character whose point of view we follow.
'It is truly ancient. Primordial.'
Regrettably so is the thrust of the main plot. It has all been done before. But this is a new take on a primordial sci-fi theme, so there is a lot of fun stuff along the way. But I was a little disappointed by the denouement. It did not really have quite enough of that grab of a twist that a short needs to fling it up high in the stars. Despite that it is a very satisfying read, things happen as they should and the odd small surprise keeps the reader well satisfied.
If you like classic space opera or military sci-fi this is worth your time and attention. If you enjoy sci-fi horror you might find it a good read too. If you enjoyed Liberator - maybe it will cast a small beam of light onto an interesting facet of that universe for you too.
A vessel headed out to a distant star system comes across an ancient artifact in uncharted deep space together with an old damaged and apparently lifeless spaceship of unknown design. Despite misgivings the lure of salvage is too much for the crew to ignore. But they soon discover that although the ship may be derelict there is an entity there that has been waiting patiently for a long long time for visitors. For fresh meat.
Told from the point of view of XO Koby Solomon this is a terrific slice of science fiction horror, very much in the mould of something like Alien. Bailey plays the disorientation and claustrophobia of the derelict alien vessel for everything it is worth as well as the panic and paranoia of the salvage crew. Like the best horror stories it's never clear to the reader exactly what is going to happen next or where they - or the crew - ought to be looking: into the darkness ahead or over their shoulders?
There's really nothing to fault here. The change in pace from Liberator shows the breadth of imagination and story telling from Bailey (and his Liberator co-author Darren Bullock) will ensure that readers will want to keep reading.
It’s around 9,000 words long, so ideal for reading in one or two sittings. Like Liberator, it’s got some slight frisky time as well as fairly harsh violence, so if you’re after a lovely clean read, this isn’t for you.
With that caveat in mind, I thought Primordial was a great little story. It follows a salvage operation gone wrong, with a perfectly paced plot. The small cast is sufficiently developed (the main three characters) to have some depth, without an excessive backstory.
I should say the story is in the same universe as Liberator, but it isn’t directly linked to the story, so you can read this without spoiling the novel. It does pose some interesting questions and plot implications for the future, whilst completing the necessarily simple story of the novelette.
In short, a great little read, which is also free.
It's a set up that's been used before, but it's done well here. For such a small "novellette", the crew are well-drawn, especially the main character, Solomon. It takes less than an hour to read, but it feels a satisfyingly complete story. It's pacey and well-written, and the intrigue and tension are kept high. I think I would have liked it a bit longer, with perhaps a few more detailed answers or even bits more speculation about what they're facing, but I can see why these were kept short.
I'm not much of a reader of space-set sci-fi, but I liked the writing style and characterisation of the same authors' Liberator, even if its military focus wasn't quite for me, so it was a no-brainer to pick this up. It's set in the Liberator universe, but completely standalone. I'd highly recommend giving it a go.