Top positive review
Quick action story requiring little mental commitment
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2021
The characters are roughly sketched in, the setting is described in a bit more detail, and the action keeps the pages turning. The story is good for a quick adventure or light reading, but there is not much depth. The science works because it is unoriginal— readers will draw from other fictional movies or novels to fill in the gaps as to how or why the alien tech works. There is a lot of shooting, some fancy space maneuvering, some blood, some mild swearing, and some plot head-scratching moments.
There are a few typos, grammar and word usage errors, passive verb constructions, and some repetitive word choices, but they are minimally distracting. The issues with this book reflect a need for the writers to develop their craft further with continued practice—learning advanced editing, adding more depth (background and emotional stakes) to characters, and more suspense with the plot objective. As the book is now, it’s a bit better than a military sci-fi video game plot. I give it 3.75 stars.