A Sword Into Darkness – Great book…except for one thing
HUMANITY IS NO LONGER ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE. AN UNKNOWABLE THREAT APPROACHES EARTH . . . AND WE ARE COMPLETELY UNPREPARED TO FACE WHAT’S COMING.
Aerospace tycoon Gordon Elliot Lee cannot stand idly by while a mysterious alien presence from Delta Pavonis bears down upon mankind’s only home. Shut out from NASA and military support, Gordon is forced to go it alone, to sow the seeds for an entirely new sort of planetary defense: a space-based naval force.
Joined by Nathan Kelley — a bloodied naval warrior, scarred by his own actions in the waters off North Korea — and Kris Munoz — an avant garde scientific genius with more ideas than sense — these three will scour the very edges of fringe science and engineering to attempt development of Earth’s first space navy in time to oppose the Deltan invasion.
Beset by ridicule, government obstruction, industrial espionage, and their own personal demons, it will take a miracle just to get off the ground. But the challenges on Earth are nothing compared to what awaits them in space. Against an unknown alien enemy with vastly superior technology, a handful of human scientists and warriors must become the sword that holds the darkness at bay.
MISSILES WILL FLASH, RAILGUNS WILL RUMBLE, LASERS WILL BURN, AND DEFENDERS WILL DIE.
IF THEY FAIL, OUR END IS AT HAND
I picked up this book because it popped up in my recommendations from Kindle and I thought it sounded interesting enough for me to have a go at it. I have to say that the book was a bit of a surprise. Not that the actual story was not what I expected but I am surprised at how much I liked the book. Most of it is simply excellent.
The book starts off with the Aerospace Tycoon mentioned in the blurb above trying to convince US government representatives that aliens are indeed on their way to Earth and to take appropriate measures. Of course they do not believe him so he takes matters in his own hands and together with a band of collaborators he sets of to build Earth’s first combat capable spaceship.
We get to follow the process of actually designing the ship, building it, dodging the assholes from the US government and of course finally…first contact. I found the book very well written and very captivating. The characters are well done, the science well thought through and as believable as one can expect from a sci-fi novel. Once the action starts it is as nicely done as the rest of the book.
I was ready to give this book a full set of stars up until the aliens actually started to communicate and reveal why they were on course for Earth. Obviously I cannot give any details here since it would totally spoil the book but I was flabbergasted to say the least. It is quite possible that other people might like this more than me. Obviously the author thought it was a good idea but to me it was just dumb. Not dumb enough to really ruin the book for me but definitely enough to strip it from that last star.
Still, it is a great book. I would definitely recommend it despite my gripe above.