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Cadets – Inconsistent (unbelievable) story and physics

CadetsCadets by Edward Miller
My rating: 4 out of 10 stars

On a remote training planet, hotshot Earth Defense Fleet Cadet Ryan Thompson and his peace loving ex-girlfriend Amanda Williamson can’t agree on anything. But when news comes of an alien invasion of Earth–the first in human history–they are thrown together on a deadly, unauthorized mission to face an unknown enemy. What they find is beyond their wildest expectations. A discovery that changes everything they thought they knew…about their hostile adversaries–and mankind.

This book had a interesting basic story. Not a very original one but one that could have worked if the book would not have been totally riddled with inconsistencies, especially in the area of physics, and plot holes.

The basic story is simple enough. Aliens with an attitude shows up and wants to know what happened to their envoys that, supposedly, arrived to Earth over hundred years ago or else… Naturally they shot up the first fleet trying to stop them. As for the envoys, well, Area 51 anyone? As I said, not very original but it could have been working.

However, there just so many things that are wrong, especially with the physics. Amanda the heroin are said to have written a (valid) paper on inducing solar flares four years earlier which puts her at around 14 years when she wrote it. Yeah right. The invaders obviously had to wait 150 or so years to develop the technology to get to the Earth yet they already know what happened to their envoys since they allegedly had the means to communicate over interstellar distances already then. They are more advanced than the humans, and whops the human’s behinds in battle, but it takes them days to get from Pluto to Earth. The human ships however, zips around the solar system in hours, even minutes. A wet navy torpedo today obviously have much longer range than a space-torpedo 150 years into the future. And so on…

All these bungled up bits and pieces just removes most of the enjoyment of reading this book. The last bit with the mysterious island and their ferocious inhabitants who apparently have managed to repeal any modern attempt to get onto the island with primitive blowguns is also mostly ludicrous not to mention unbelievable.

The writing itself is not bad but the author should do a serious reality-check on his material. Even a Sci-Fi book should be somewhat believable and have a story that holds together.

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