I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Sword Into Darkness by Thomas A. Mays
Genres: Science Fiction
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HUMANITY IS NO LONGER ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE. AN UNKNOWABLE THREAT APPROACHES EARTH . . . AND WE ARE COMPLETELY UNPREPARED TO FACE WHAT'S COMING.
Aerospace tycoon Gordon Elliot Lee cannot stand idly by while a mysterious alien presence from Delta Pavonis bears down upon mankind's only home. Shut out from NASA and military support, Gordon is forced to go it alone, to sow the seeds for an entirely new sort of planetary defense: a space-based naval force.
Joined by Nathan Kelley -- a bloodied naval warrior, scarred by his own actions in the waters off North Korea -- and Kris Munoz -- an avant garde scientific genius with more ideas than sense -- these three will scour the very edges of fringe science and engineering to attempt development of Earth's first space navy in time to oppose the Deltan invasion.
Beset by ridicule, government obstruction, industrial espionage, and their own personal demons, it will take a miracle just to get off the ground. But the challenges on Earth are nothing compared to what awaits them in space. Against an unknown alien enemy with vastly superior technology, a handful of human scientists and warriors must become the sword that holds the darkness at bay.
MISSILES WILL FLASH, RAILGUNS WILL RUMBLE, LASERS WILL BURN, AND DEFENDERS WILL DIE.
IF THEY FAIL, OUR END IS AT HAND.
In this audiobook, a rich businessman named Gordon Lee has detected an alien ship approaching Earth from a nearby star. NASA believes it to only be a solar fragment ejected from the star, and thus refuses to entertain the idea of aliens. Gordon takes it upon himself to invent and acquire technology to help Earth defend against the aliens should they be hostile. Thus he hires Nathan to lead up this endeavor. The book follows this process all the way through to first contact and shortly beyond that.
Overall I found the beginning of the book to be entertaining and imaginative. Eventually though the constant success after success and mere good luck really takes a bit away from the realism here. They don’t really encounter many setbacks or challenges..it just all happens easily for them. And this continues throughout the entire novel. Most of them just skate through the whole novel without too much of a scratch.
Another issue is the romance between Nathan and Kris. It just felt completely fake and ultimately whenever they were together in romantic mode, the book just ground to a halt.
And lastly, the aliens theirselves… they could have been much more mysterious, intimidating, and ALIEN, but ultimately they just throw out a completely ridiculous reason for coming to Earth and it really ruins the whole thing.
Overall its not a terrible story, but its not great either. A solid 3.