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The Starchild Compact is an epic tale of beginnings, roots, what might have been, and what might be. It is an adventure of heroic proportions, commencing 500 light years away, arriving here just a few years from now, and ending in the distant expanses of the Universe.
Jon Stock takes his international exploration team to Saturn's moon, Iapetus, which Earth scientists have determined may be an artifact. Following launch, they discover Saeed Ismail, a Jihadist stowaway, who hopes to sabotage the mission.
They arrive at Iapetus, determine it is a derelict starship, and eventually meet with the Founders, descendants of the starship builders. Their revelations impact the entire Solar System with momentous implications going backward and forward in time, paving the way for a joint push to the distant reaches of the Galaxy.
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Not bad if you are a teenage boy I suppose
Highly unlikely. Disappointing in every way.
Hardcore sci-fi? No. Misogynistic, leering, odd toned stories? Yes.
Stephan Rudnicki, if he would have taken on the job.
Disappointment. The first episode in this series was oddly compelling and held my interest. This sequel was overtly, and obsessively, focussed on what the women were wearing, what their breasts looked like, etc. etc. Seriously?
I was provided a copy of this offering in exchange for a free and independent review. I almost regret I did. I am not sure where the author wanted to take this story arc, but the almost comical references to the clothing the women chose to wear, ( and, for that matter, all the characters chose to wear ) was silly, repetitive and distracting. This author can do better, and should.
The narrator was dry, and not particularly compelling.
All in all, I can't recommend this in any aspect. Oops!