Publisher: 47 North
Publishing Date: March 2018
Publishers Description: Twelve billion metric tons of asteroid. One woman who can save Earth. Zero margin for error. For war hero Caitlin Taggart, mining work on the Moon is dirty, low pay, and high risk. But no risk seems too extreme if it helps her return to Earth and the daughter she loves more than life itself. Offered a dangerous, long-shot chance to realize that dream, Caitlin will gamble with more than just her life. By leading a ragtag crew of miners on a perilous assignment to harvest an asteroid, Caitlin could earn a small fortune. More importantly, it would give her clearance to return to Earth.
Review: So if you haven’t already read the publisher’s description take a minute and read it now. Sound familiar? As you move through this novel it will become apparent that it is a blend of a few movies/ideas already capitalized on. Gravity, Deep Impact and especially Armageddon are a few that come to mind. Why the ripoff? I dunno, maybe some good writers just do not have a creative bone in their heads or like a lot of writers out there, are hoping to strike a movie deal.
Besides the creative er….license taken, this novel had some problems more endemic to the story line and characterization. The story line was patterned to the point where you lost interest. The characters interacted like a script was being read. For instance the “crew” – a functioning blend of overt personalities that love each other like family, throwing ribald and insulting comments while going about serious biz….<sigh>. This was an attempt, through brevity, to get the reader to like everyone. Not possible when the dialogue consists of patterned exchanges. The main character was a let down what with her reluctant war hero persona leading the charge from a diminished perspective with a lovable scamp back on earth and a bad daddy.
The altruistic behavior at the end runs a bit too long and caps an interminable slide downhill.