Publishing Date: November 2016
Publishers Description: Lieutenant Commander Edgar Fitzpatrick is sent to begin the recruiting effort, right under the noses of Earth’s governments. A twenty-nine-year-old escaped prisoner, 1553441, who had been a college professor before he annoyed the ruling class, was one such man. The sixteen-year-old runaway, Argentina de la Fuentes, was another such perfect recruit. Two strangers from backgrounds worlds apart, along with thousands of other undesirables are to be trained to fight a terrible enemy, huge Reptilian beings…
Review: What the fuk just happened? I was a gnats ass away from ditching this book, solely based on the hideous cover and at the last second said “Dang, she’s holding a gun”. This novel grips you from the get-go. Great movement builds these wonderful characters and the socio-politico-economic commentary that forms a basis for the world building is spot on. Denver is a great character and is built so good that you root for him at every turn, even his non-existent love life. The aliens are pretty cool and remind me of the Gorn in the Star Trek episode “Arena”, only these aliens are fast and powerful.
“So why you no give 5 stars?”. Could have used some editing in places where the scenes jump around, especially the fight scenes. Just not enough logical progression to form cogent scene structure. Very minor but consistently evident.
This was a highly entertaining read and I hope to see more of this author’s expanding universe.