Top positive review
An excellent new look at an issue raised by H.G. Wells. Sorry about any spoilers in this review.
Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2021
First, I apologize for misspelling Mr Cawdron's name in another recent review. This book was a little disorienting when first begun, for the reason that I am accustomed to linear logical developments in my former occupation. However, we were seeing how the central character was equally disoriented. The succeeding jumps in the time frame surprised me, as I was not sharp enough to perceive that the book was re-visiting a topic from HG Wells. I do strongly hold to one principle of character and plot development, which this book threatened to violate. I am willing to accept a highly improbable premise, but the day to day character and plot development must be normal and typical within that extraordinary premise. For example, a guy can be bitten by a radioactive spider, but he still has bills to pay. Even with the blueprints, can a three stage rocket be built and tested in six months, by a very young civilization? Werner von Braun had many failures when he was first developing intercontinental rockets. Other than these types of quibbles, though, I found the book very imaginative and highly entertaining. Maybe I should re-think my plans for cremation at the end of life, and look into the possibility of being freeze-dried. I salute Mr Cawdron for another excellent entry in the First Contact series. I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys the current trends in "hard" science fiction, and who also have affection for the earliest authors in the genre.