March 1, 2017 Marie Hayes 0Comment
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What happens when everyone wants the same thing, and if they can’t have it for themselves, perhaps no one should have it.

Appraisal

Overall, the storyline flowed smoothly and in most cases, the transitions between different locations and characters was fairly smooth. The subtle romance blossoming between the two leading characters did not overpower the main theme at all and seemed to enhance the feel of the novel.

Finding a saucer buried and encased in stone, in the Sahara, from 140,000 years ago, was a unique entry into Science Fiction, and meshed well with current-day scientific knowledge of Earth’s geography.

Nice touches, such as when Rip and Charley find a holographic map of Earth while they’re in space that shows how the continents were before the saucer was buried, give the reader a way to see how the times have changed over so many years.

Although the auction for the saucer was an interesting way to use the saucer as a focus, it is still unclear why Roger Hendrick didn’t just keep the saucer and mine the technology for himself to gain more power and money.

Pros

The main theme of a flying saucer being discovered and having advanced technology from 140,000 years in the past was consistent throughout the entire novel.

The sub-plot of a romance building between two of the primary characters was subdued and did not detract at all from the main theme.

The advanced technology presented in this novel was described in sufficient detail to allow a good understanding of how it worked. Moreover, the science that it was based on was also clearly covered, making the different devices seem possible.

Cons

The romance is about as cliché as they come. The boy and girl are from totally different backgrounds; one is military, one is scientific. She is older than him, and both of them continually deny any attraction.

In one point of the story, the spaceship had to be refueled and the fuel source was contaminated with dirt and therefore was not unlike muddy water. Now to believe in the fuel source wasn’t out of the question, but for the equipment to even run without completely quitting with the amount of dirt contamination that the author described was very difficult to swallow. (Pardon the pun.) Even with the inclusion of “…the engines burped…”, the filtering device should have clogged up completely, and that was not satisfactorily explained. The engines never failed outright…

When the saucer was attacked by an F-16 fighter over the continental U.S., and the sidewinder missiles missed, where did the missiles land? The missile was fired over populated areas and has a long range. Normally, this point could probably be ignored, but the author appeared to carefully cover many other details like this, but left this one standing alone.