What happens when the Adam Cain—the Alien with an Attitude—gets really pissed off?
Hint: It ain’t pretty.
The scorched earth in the title doesn’t refer to the Human’s homeworld. Rather it describes the path of death and destruction that Adam Cain and his team burn on their way from Earth to Juir, on a mission of revenge for the killing of one of his closest friends and to rescue those held captive on the distant planet. The aliens may have thought Adam was dangerous before. Well they haven’t seen anything yet.
This is a no-holes-barred action adventure, devoid of PC sensitivities, and giving full display to the animal side of Human nature. The bottom line: The aliens pissed off the wrong guy this time. Now in the face of overwhelming odds, Adam and his team fight through every obstacle and vanquish every foe on their way to victory. But victory won’t come without a price this time…and a price almost too high to pay.
It is somewhat difficult to review these books since, in a way, they are very similar to each other in the way each episode of A-team or MacGyver or any other such like TV-show are, in a way, similar. Cain just gets a new problem to solve each time. As usual the solution involves liberal application of violence and if violence do not solve the problem he uses more violence. Thus when you have reviewed the first couple of books it becomes difficult to write something new.
There are however some cool new(ish) elements in this book that is worth mentioning though. First of all, as the book blurb states, Cain gets really, really pissed of in this book. I was afraid when I first saw the title, Scorched Earth, that it would indicate that it was the aliens turn to strike back in this book. It is nothing of the kind. Scorched Earth refers to what Cain & Co leaves behind them as they embark on a alien bashing rampage of apocalyptic dimensions even for this book series.
Naturally the timing is perfect since the Juireans have just built up enough courage, not to mention military force, to attempt to invade the Union and Earth…again. It is not much of a spoiler to say that the Juireans experience a few minor hick ups in the implementation of their plan.
To help Cain with his mission of dealing pain to any alien that he comes across (with a few exceptions) he gets his hands on quite a bit of experimental hardware as well as an alien relic of extraordinary power. Towards the end there are a few surprises that adds to the entertainment popping up as well although I will not go into details since it would be too much of a spoiler.
As usual with the books in this series it is a light and quick read but quite entertaining and perfect when you do might be a wee bit tired and do not feel like investing in a more complex story.