Author: Clifford B. Bowyer

Publisher: Silver Leaf Books, LLC

ISBN: Print: 978-1-60975-037-4; eBook: 978-1-60975-038-1

The writer of the book, Clifford B. Bowyer, must be lauded for bringing forth a credible futuristic plot for his readers and his hard work is for everyone to see. But the writer probably focused too much on the scientific hocus-pocus and it ultimately had a bearing on his central characters and research. In research, for example, one glaring mistake is the name of head of state of Pakistan! But that unfortunately is not the sole gaffe; there are several. In Indian context, the writer’s research team seems unaware that the President in India is just a nominal head of state and has no real function! He can’t attend meetings of strategic importance, and has little political power; the real powers are vested in the Prime Minister and only he can take decision on alliances or military operations.

If we keep these irritants at bay, then also, the way the main character Logan Stone has been etched looks unidirectional. May be the intention was to show him as a man who has suffered a lot but he actually comes across as someone who is simply bored, which is oh-so-not like a military man. His romantic chemistry with his girlfriend and his tender moments with Erica actually harm the continuity of this story that explores a genre that requires lot of pace and energy. It is only when other characters like Lisa, Smythe, Jhen or Avery come into the picture that the novel actually looks bright. It could have been better had Stone’s tender moments with the daughter were cut to about half so that the story could have gotten that much needed pace in the middle. Stone’s dwelling on Amanda looks static after some time and his hesitation to take things forward with his girlfriend looks out of place. The length of the story does not do justice to the genre as Sci-fi has to be sleek and this in turn adds to monotony. A crisper editing would have raised it to the level of Clifford’s earlier work that I reviewed, Falestia, which had a far superior and taut structure.

But there are several illuminating points like characterization of supporting cast, action scenes and detailed imaginary that the writer has crafted when explaining scientific trysts. The end takes a reader by surprise and keeps reader hooked for the next book. All in all, it can be said that reading this book is like on a rollercoaster ride on a somewhat bumpy road.

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