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Half Hearted Effort
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2020
This installment in the author's Frontline series comes across as a half-hearted effort. It raises the question as to if the author is actually still committed to the series, or has lost interest and is going through the motions.
In concept the novel follows the story set in previous installments and provides snippets of information and clues regarding the primary 'enemy' - the alien Lankies. This is undercut by the need to continually retcon statements and ideas in previous novels in the series due to inconsistencies in world building.
Overall, the author introduces several new plot elements and places the central character and his companions in a significant peril, but again by retconning previously stated elements of technology and science from previous novels. While it is obvious the author is attempting to set up a 'cliff hanger', but the book feels half-finished, as if the author came to a point and said 'meh, good enough" and sent it off the publisher to check the 'DONE' box.
If it is intended as a cliffhanger, it is not very well set up, with no real drama pending - we might starve to death or run out of power in a year is not exactly total immediate peril. A cliffhanger with the author's notoriously slow writing pace and stated interest in his other series will likely leave fans hanging for a long time.
In summary, not the author's best effort, but worth reading for those who are fans of the Frontline series. Now all that awaits is the usual slow turnaround for the next book, assuming the author continues.