Publishing Date: January 2019
Publisher: Lore Mountain
Publisher’s Description: Lieutenant Jack Falco woke up, said goodbye to his wife and daughter, three hours later his family and half the world’s population was dead. When he couldn’t put a bullet in his head, Falco did the next best thing, took a commission as captain and left for humanity’s furthest boundary, Station Pluto. Five years in a scout-class boat refitted for the long haul, and Falco escapes the horrors of earth only to find something worse waiting in the vast Oort Cloud, an ancient civilization with a history of violent expansion and humanity has unwittingly entered their territory.
Review: At first I thought this was a little smug and self-serving in writing style. Hero flyer/martial expert/doting father/lover/estate owner and all around mans man. Kind of like being in a room of all knowing liberals basking in pseudo collective entitlement. But…..that lasted only a few pages and Falco transforms into a shattered wreck.
So Jacky-boyo captains his ship of devoted followers to the outskirts of the solar system to sniff around for mining opportunities and some anomaly in the Oort cloud. Consummate to his mission, Jack has plenty of naughty/guilty thoughts for his brilliant staff officer. She happens to be hotter than a popcorn fart what with her shaven, tattoo crowned Brazilian noggin’ sitting on top of a hot chassis. MEOW! Thankfully this is not the story line, entire. Humanity has way bigger problems other than whether or not Jack whets his whistle.
The aliens were fairly “alien” and the worlds in which they reside is bizarre in the extreme. This novel was one that grew from so-so beginnings into a vast world of possibilities, so extreme as to be rejected from the pits of normalcy. The follow up novel should bring more of the bizarre galactic to life.