Written by Jason Kent
I got my dead-tree copy of this work autographed by the Author at Denver Comic Con. The scope of the story takes place in both near and far space, probably why the name was chosen. There are two points of view maintained throughout the book, Ian Langdon and Jennifer Wright. This is a good thing in my opinion because it helps continuity and character building. At appropriate places minor characters pick up the tale.
Earth knows there are technologically superior aliens burning around the galaxy and they choose not to take the well intentioned advice of the only species that has deemed to contact them. They were tole to pull in all their noisy space infrastructure, hunker down and hide. Stupid humans.
Ian is supposed to be this hot shot pilot fresh from training and finds his fortunes twined with a beautiful scientist that travels in his circles. The crafting of this part of the story is telling on how hard it is to maintain a relationship when deployed…to another world.
The book is action packed and moves quickly through about three years of story line. Things I found improbable include: national sovereignty maintained while pursuing Solar System colonization, reverse engineering alien technology for human use within a year, and an alien civilization with an analogue of an Human monotheistic religion. Things I found compelling: Humanity unifying to repel alien attacks, active and supported colonization efforts, AM drives, wormholes, individual combat armor exo-suits and the armament choices for the capital ships.
I liked this book for the story, character building, true attempt at doable technology and the alien species concept used. There is quite a bit of copy editing needed here but the story got through. I’m awarding three stars.
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