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Earth is dead, destroyed by a barrage of meteors. What was left of the population has escaped to Mars and colonized it as humanities new home.
Lunara, a small colony on Earths moon, is charged with catching and mining meteors for desperately needed minerals. But the deep-seated human thirst for domination is not easily defeated, nor is the capacity for deceit and betrayal. All it needs is a powerful catalyst, a prize valuable enough to risk plunging mankind into another destructive war.
Parker McCloud and his friends, Seth and Chloe, are caught up in a violent series of events when Lunara is invaded. On Mars, Parker, Seth, Chloe, and the crew of the Protector attempt to sort out who is responsible, where the tide of suspicion swings back and forth between Aethpis and Zephyria.
In the end, we see barbarism by the leaders of Mars, great courage by the crew of the Protector, and immense valor by the military on Lunara in adventure one in an exciting new series.
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Very Good Story, Well Written, Probably Recommend, Well Edited in 1 reviews.
Ian Miller : In some indeterminate future, Earth has been made inhospitable by a sequence of meteor strikes, which for some reason are selective for Earth and are continuing. These meteors contain a new element metalor, which is highly desirable, and a small settlement on Lunara collects these meteors in a ship called Protector. The book opens with the arrival of a Mars Medical team half a day early. There is a prolonged debate whether they can dock early, and when they insist, they do, then they want to immediately examine Seth and Chloe, there are more delaying tactics, then Seth and Chloe set off with a team after a meteor. While they are gone, some unspecified invasion force takes over Lunara, the Protector appears to be unaware of this until almost too late, the invasion force warships try to capture the Protector but fail, then the Protector escapes to Mars, where, for the time being, Mars Medical ignores Seth and Chloe. The crew of the Protector split up and the various groups have a sequence of adventures as they attempt to find out what has happened at Lunara. The book progresses at a rollicking pace, and at the end there is a prolonged battle sequence that is quite a page turner.
I have two complaints, but they may not worry most readers. The first arises from me as a writer, namely the issue of whether to show or tell. This author strongly falls into the show camp, and part of the structure of the book is to provide a mystery as to what is going on? The problem for me was that with no given firm background to anchor the illustrations, there are too many possible interpretations of a given show and there is a fine line between providing a mystery and providing confusion. A related point is that clues only work if everything else is sensible. (Agatha Christie was an expert at delivering such clues.) Here, the Protector, a mining ship, has rear gun turrets and can outrun a fleet of warships. Why and how? We later find Lunara has fearsome defences. Why? And how could it be invaded without giving a sign of trouble? Accordingly, some genuinely genuine clues provided to the mystery in the early parts of the book probably will not make an impression on the reader because there are too many other puzzles. Nevertheless, the overall construction of the book is impressive, however again this total predilection for showing through characters made the big scenes, and in particular the final battle scene, difficult to follow in terms of the big picture.
My second complaint, that the physics were just plain wrong in places, will not worry many readers, but it was an opportunity missed to provide something impressive. Action scenes on Mars are really action scenes on Earth; the Martian gravity is just under 40% of Earth's and fights would be quite different. The space battles were fought in an atmosphere; you do not do barrel rolls in a vacuum, at least without extreme control. A stream of bullets hitting a ship would almost certainly send it into uncontrolled rotational motion. But let us leave this aside. It is still an entertaining read.
Ian J Miller, author of Troubles.