John Smith: Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars – Review

April 2, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★

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John Smith: Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars – ReviewJohn Smith - Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars by Roland Hughes
Published by Logikal Solutions on 5-30-2013
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 274
Format: Paperback
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two-stars

What if the Mayans got the start of the end correct because they had survived it once before? What if our written history was just as accurate as the old tale about three blind men describing an elephant? What if classic science fiction writing and television shows each got a piece of it correct, would you know which ones? If your eyes can only see a tiny portion of a collage do you know it is a collage?

Fans of Babylon 5, Star Trek TNG, Battle Star Galactica (the new one) and classic science fiction writing will enjoy the bountiful Easter Egg hunt contained within. When you were a child you learned to connect paper clips or thread beads together to make a necklace. Sit back and watch the beads you’ve had all your life form the picture you could not see. Consider for one second the possibility of the story, then hang onto your mind with both hands while you take the ride.

John Smith is about a young female reporter who keeps out the last survivor of an apocalyptic war. Most of the population is young and has lost knowledge of what came before. This reporter finds and interviews John Smith about the world that came before.

This novel just wasn’t for me. The entire thing (other than the epilogue) is in interview format. The main character spends the entire time telling about our current world today (boring…I already know about it), or some made-up stories about Atlantis. He is condescending and spends the entire novel lecturing, which doesn’t make for a likable character. This novel also takes every popular fear today and makes it into an end-world event (hacking, biological warfare, terrorists, religious extremists, space weapons, etc.). Rather than answer the question the reporter asks “Tell me about the Microsoft wars”, he spends the entire novel saying no and going off on wild tangents. It is only the last few pages where he actually talks about the wars.

Other than the Atlantis stories, there really isn’t anything imaginative or unique here to read about what life is today. Oh, this is so exciting to hear him describe a microwave, or nuclear power, or computers…maybe I would like it more if I was reading this 50 years from now wondering what life was like today, or reading it 50 years ago wondering what the future would hold. Also, the apocalypse was set in 2013… very strange to date your novel that way and give it no shelf life.

Overall, I didn’t like this. Plot? Not really. World building? Nope…just using the world we have today. Character development? Nope. Showing and not telling? Nope. Captivating? Nope.

two-stars

About Roland Hughes

Roland Hughes is the president of Logikal Solutions, a business applications consulting firm specializing in VMS platforms. Hughes serves as a lead consultant with over two decades of experience using computers and operating systems originally created by Digital Equipment Corporation (now owned by Hewlett-Packard). With a degree in Computer Information Systems, the author’s experience is focused on OpenVMS systems across a variety of diverse industries including heavy equipment manufacturing, pharma-ceuticals, stock exchanges, tax accounting, and hardware value-added resellers, to name a few. Working throughout these industries has strengthened the author’s unique skill set and given him a broad perspective on the role and value of OpenVMS in industry.

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