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Dec042013

Book Review #1: Aristeia: Revolutionary Right

Author: Wayne Basta

Publisher: Grey Gecko

Copyright 2011

Cover art: Oliver Werner

ISBN 978-0-9836185-7-7

Email: wayne@waynebasta.com

Blog: www.waynebasta.com

 Synopsis:

 The first in at least a trilogy, the story of a reluctant hero who just wants to keep his kid sister out of jail. It seems the only way to do that is to take on the Alliance. To do that, he has to form an uneasy alliance with the very individual who tried to steal his ship and get him in this mess in the first place.

 General Reaction and Comments:

 The book felt like a cross between Star Wars and Firefly. This is a good thing since I like both. It seemed on several occasions in the book that the hero was in big trouble and Han Solo would come blasting over the horizon in the Millennium Falcon to save the day or Serenity would drop in with Mal and Jane. Apparently, however, they had other engagements and the poor hero had to do it all himself.

 What I liked?

 I liked the fact that even though there were humans in the universe, the hero isn’t. Maarkean Ocaitchi is a very well defined reluctant hero; a member of the humanoid Braz species. He turned to smuggling to keep his sister, Saracasi, out of jail for expressing her opinion where she shouldn’t have – at a protest that went horribly wrong.

 What I didn't like …

 I enjoyed this story and didn’t really find much to not like. The progression from bad to worse inevitable in this kind of story was believable, and even the miraculous win at the end was believable and internally consistent with the story. The only problem I noticed was the somewhat stilted conversation and predictability of the story progression.

 Surprises:

 In the middle of things going from bad to worse, there is this great character development that has brother and sister learning to appreciate each other’s point of view without even talking about it. Although it is predictable that oppression yields rebellion, the internal conflicts reaching that point are well displayed here. Take note Congress.

 Quotable Quotes:

 “I’m not going to shoot you. I did that already.”

 Reader Recommendations:

 This is a good read and I’m looking forward to getting to the other two after I finish my backlog of books to review. If you like the Star Wars cycle, particularly the X-Wing story arc, AND you like Mal Reynolds in Firefly, you will like this book. Just don’t expect the complexity of a David Weber Universe.

Remember – you got it straight from The Horse’s Mouth.

 About the Reviewer:

Ken Finley is the Patriarch in a family-owned and operated bookstore and coffee shop called The Horse’s Mouth. In the mundane world, he has been a writer, editor, and reviewer of technical non-fiction books for over thirty years. He wrote the book review column for the ASTD Perspectives newsletter for three years.

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