Desert Moon by Mark Walker
This book was my first foray into a kindle book, and also the first SF novel I've read in ages after a friend of mine recommended it to me. First up, the author isn't a 'professional' artsy author - he is ex-Naval Officer and war gamer who also writes the a bit of fiction. Mark may to know to some of you through his Lock 'n Load games*, which you can see here: http://www.locknloadgame.com
So onto the book. Initially, I found it a bit difficult to get into actually. After all the professional reading I've been doing, all that 'critical thinking' really ruins the necessary 'willing suspension of disbelief' necessary for some novels. I don't like to give spoilers, but there is an essential plot element at the start which I found a little tough to swallow at first. However, once you do the plot is very enjoyable.
What follows then is a quickly paced story which incorporates some interesting elements including human genetic improvements, international relations played out on a modest but interstellar framework, an insurrection and some major military battles.
Overall, I'm glad I persevered through the first 50 pages (or however that kindle device measures it) to get to the meat of the book.
I give it a solid 3 and a half stars, tending to 4 out of 5 near the end. Well worth your time. I quite enjoyed Mark's writing style and will be checking out some of his other titles.
* Many years ago Comrade James wrote the supplement ANZAC Attack for Mark's Lock 'N Load: Forgotten Heroes – Vietnam game, and I helped him play test the scenarios. As a nice thank you Mark made us Leader counters in the game! A small world indeed.
|In action against the Viet Cong!|