It wasn't supposed to end this way.
Captain Jack Mallory of the United Earth Marine Corps is wasting away on a space station in the middle of nowhere, the furthest he and his recon squad could possibly be from the fighting on Alpha Centauri. Under investigation, all he and his three men can do is wait, until an admiral appears with new orders, and the recording of a garbled transmission.
The UES Saturnus is an experimental starship that has just set out on its maiden voyage. An enigmatic race known as the Edra has objected to the Saturnus and its experimental equipment. Earth has ignored their protests.
"...this is Zulu-two-three... requesting assistance."
Mallory and his men are the only ones close enough to deal with an extremely sensitive situation.
"... Saturnus is compromised. Edra commandos are pushing... bridge is... secure. Captain... won't cease experiment... psychosis. Entire crew... affected."
There are just two problems. First, the voice on the recording is Mallory's. Second, the transmission is time coded; it hasn't been sent yet.
The Saturnus is not damaged. Not yet. Soon, it will be. The Saturnus is top secret for one very good reason, a reason which has forced the hand of the Edra. The Saturnus can travel through time.
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1 . Rockin' military sci-fi
Posted June 20, 2011 by Jon Mackal , VancouverThis is a very cool book! It's the sort of book you read when you want something that moves fast, but doesn't give up the details as it moves along.
THE WRITING - Dov writes well. This isn't Tolkien, but it isn't the wooden prose of Dan Brown. It's wordy enough to be intelligent and well thought out, but not so wordy that you lose patience.
THE ACTION - Best part of the book! He describes things so you can actually see them in your head. I bet someone could film the action scenes without havng to guess about anything; he's that good at putting the reader into the scene.
THE CHARACTERS - These guys are not squared-jawed heroes. They're real people who know their jobs. To me, that'smore interesting than some cocky know-it-all.
THE PLOT - The plot is a tad twisty at times, but it always straightens itself out, and it's fun to watch the heroes figure out what's going on.
OVERALL - I really appreciated that I never rolled my eyes, sighed, and wondered why the heroes were doing something. I hate that, and Dov did a great job of avoiding that. What ever the characters did seemed to make sense, even if it wasn't what I would have done.
ONE LAST THING, and this may seem sort of silly; I like the character of Admiral Bishop, He's in like ten pages of the whole story, but he still seemed real. He' some sort of legend in the story, a well known hero to the main character. He obviously had a past, and needs, and goals in life. He could have been a throw-away character, larger than life and totally two dimensional, but Dov made him a real person with faults. I appreciated that Dov took the time to do that, because it makes the admiral (and everyone else you meet in the book) worth reading about.
May 13, 2011
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