A Thrilling Sci-Fi
Quick note to author. Don't know if you're aware but there is no table of contents in the Kindle version (that showed up when I read the book), but there is a "Table of Contents" header.
Another quick note: I find the definitions from the LETO Dictionary very entertaining. I know it’s not real, but it’s written in a manner that makes me question whether it could be. Nicely done with that.
As with his first novel, Casindra Lost, this book is steeped in science, which, for the lover of science, is a real treat. It is a heady read that can easily fly over the heads of some people, but if you take the time to read it, slowly, digesting all of the technical ins and outs, you’ll appreciate the inclusion of reality in this work of fiction.
Mechanically, this book is flawless. I could find not one punctuation mark out of place, no awkward flow to the sentence structure, dialogue believable, grammar bordering perfection. Warms the cockles of my heart to see.
The mention of the SS Casindra at an opening briefing with the captain of the Moraturi to “help him understand what had gone wrong with the previous mission”, flawlessly connected book 1 with book 2. Although there is a brief connection, this story stands on its own, with its own well-developed cast of characters. From the opening scene in which the crew is faced with hull breach and other tragedy at the onset of the mission to the disaster which has the crew discussing how to survive aboard shuttles (how they’ll eat, what to do with the livestock and hydroponics), this book is an edge-of-your-seat ride a minute.
The ending leaves questions to be answered, but the author’s “Coming soon” section gives readers a tantalizing look into book 3, which I can’t wait to read also.