Monday, May 12, 2014

Book Review: THE BURNING DARK (Spider War) by Adam Christopher

  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (March 25, 2014)

About The Book:
The Burning Dark, the first part in Adam Christopher’s Spider Wars trilogy

Back in the day, Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland had led the Fleet into battle against an implacable machine intelligence capable of devouring entire worlds. But after saving a planet, and getting a bum robot knee in the process, he finds himself relegated to one of the most remote backwaters in Fleetspace to oversee the decommissioning of a semi-deserted space station well past its use-by date.

But all is not well aboard the U-Star Coast City. The station’s reclusive Commandant is nowhere to be seen, leaving Cleveland to deal with a hostile crew on his own. Persistent malfunctions plague the station’s systems while interference from a toxic purple star makes even ordinary communications problematic. Alien shadows and whispers seem to haunt the lonely corridors and airlocks, fraying the nerves of everyone aboard.

Isolated and friendless, Cleveland reaches out to the universe via an old-fashioned space radio, only to tune in to a strange, enigmatic signal: a woman’s voice that seems to echo across a thousand light-years of space. But is the transmission just a random bit of static from the past—or a warning of an undying menace beyond mortal comprehension?

Lynda's Review:
I was hoping for a good Sci-Fi story since that is one of my favorite genres, but, what I found was darker and more along the line of horror, at least, in my opinion. The book disappointed me on several levels, too predictable for one, and the excessive use of four-letter cusswords for another. Having said that, let me get to a more positive perspective. I did enjoy Author Adam Christopher's writing style and creative ability. He can definitely build an alien world with well crafted characters, multidimensional and believable in their setting.

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