Publisher: CreateSpace Independent
Publishing Date: February 2016
Publishers Description: What follows is a heart-pounding, unforgettable ride through the hallowed halls of big government, AIC’s outer space headquarters, and the revelation of a conspiracy that runs so deep, Mandi’s life – and the future of humanity – are put at stake.
Review: The early chapters seemed as if constructed to please a television producers mien. “Oh, Mandi well you came and you gave without taking….but I sent you away….”. The initial development of Mandi is rather patterned and clichéd. Nothing can kill her bubbling optimism in the face of multiple assassination attempts. She just KNOWS TOO MUCH! She comes off rather smug but can behave badly because she is super hot and sexy and intelligent and caring and carefree and popular and tough yet tender…..well you get the picture.
I have re-written this review three times as I have gone through the novel in order to build a review that is sound, fair and pointed. After the initial few chapters this became a very compelling novel then there were some hiccups that detracted from the whole. Mandi surfaces again as cub reporter that just happens to know how to spacewalk and saves her tender-eyed hunky man, Grae after the stabilization of a derelict ship goes wrong (she came up with the idea). She then goes on to tell a genius neutrino expert how to track the bad guys through space…..by triangulating neutrinos. Really? I mean, fukin’ really? If Mandi is not “getting lost in Grae’s eyes”, she is ordering people around like she knows how to run a spaceship and inserts herself where she has no business being. Oh, and she “presses her lips”, a lot.
On the positive side, the supporting characters were developed with superb rendition and the world building was crazy good. The science fiction has a lot of artistic license yet is rendered so well it becomes considered fact. This could be a great novel and an even better sequel if Mandi disappears into a black hole and pops out the other side to ruin an alternate universes novel.