Ebook and print - Self Published - Novel
TBR Reviewer: B.H
But nothing could prepare them for what fate has in store. For they have entered the domain of the Kreelan Empire, which has waited thousands of years to find another spacefaring race against which to wage war to honor their Empress. With all but one of the crew killed in ritual close combat, the aliens send Aurora home bearing the sole survivor: the Messenger, a young midshipman who carries with him an alien artifact that is humanity’s only sign of how much time remains until they are plunged into an interstellar war…
The beginning is primarily introductions and it is slow moving. Mr. Hicks would have been better off cutting it short or getting right into the action of the ‘first contact’ which turns out to be a slaughter. The fight is constantly interrupted by flashbacks about certain crewmembers. Paragraphs about their lives, small tidbits about them all while the aliens are boarding and creating chaos on this ship, it slows down the pace considerably. When the aliens finally capture the survivors, it does get better. The story moves faster but not enough to be a good pace. It’s still very sluggish and I often found myself wanting to X out the PDF and go do something else. There was a lot of head hoping that proved to hinder the story. It also needs more editing; I noticed a few things that knocked me out of the space voyage and back to my cluttered desk.
I hate when the author reveals something about the future ahead of time. Such as Mr. Hicks writing, ‘They had no way of knowing that all but one of them would be dead in a few short hours.’ That ruins the spontaneity, the surprise. When the attack comes, I don’t want to know the ending before the first blow is struck. Readers should live in the moment as the characters do. This happens a few times throughout the book.
The plot was good, had a bit of a Stargate feel to it (A favorite of mine.) but I quickly found myself not wanting to continue because the issues mentioned above. The story was there and I am slightly interested in the next novel. Perhaps that would be more engaging and faster paced.
Mr. Hicks was generous enough to give away a free Ecopy of First Contact to one lucky winner! Comment below to enter. Contest ends May 28th.