This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Andria Stone, Author. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Edge of the Future by Andria Stone
Genres: Science Fiction
Release Date: March 8, 2017
Publisher: Independently Published
Source: Andria Stone, Author
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"Edge of the Future" is a Sci-Fi action-packed, military scientific, suspense thriller, novel with a female villain, and the first part of a Trilogy.
-One hundred-fifty years after the last war humanity has united to explore space with colonies on Luna and Mars. But the Europa Mission has just failed and 152 people died in space. No one knows why.
-When military bioscientist, Captain Mark Warren's hidden research installation is attacked, he meets armored assault Sergeant Axel Von Radach. They become entangled in a deadly fight to stop the theft of classified military secrets by a lethal female adversary.
-Her plan to use enemy cyborgs posing as humans, plus unsuspecting high-ranking military personnel with neural implants altered to accept her commands, has every chance of succeeding. Unless...Captain Warren and Sergeant Von Radach get a chance to end her first.
What drew my interest to Edge of the Future was that it was military science fiction, a debut, and a new author! I am always on the lookout for a good sci-fi read and this book looked just right 😊. Once I started reading it what really got my blood pumping was that it has cyborgs, medical nano-technology that is able to heal just about every sickness and injury, hi-tech military weaponry, and armored bio-suits that make soldiers practically unbeatable just to name a few things. Lots of sci-fi goodness. So exciting!
Now let’s talk about the settings. In this story there is Terra, formerly referred to as Earth, Luna, aka the moon that has three different military colonies on it, and finally Mars has been colonized as well. This story starts out in Canada with Captain Mark Warren working in his Xenobiology laboratory at CAMRI, a joint Canadian-American Military Research Installation. For reasons unknown, the facility comes under attack by terrorists. The armed forces, Terra Military Defense, are brought in to determined what has taken place and to save who they can. It is here that Mark and Sergeant Axel Von Radach meet.
Turns out that the terrorist attack was staged by a traitor in their mists. It appears that this spy had been stealing military secrets from the various laboratories but they had not been successful in stealing the work of Mark and Captain Eva Jackson. This turned Mark and Eva into the military’s priority number one. It became the job of Sergeants Axel and Kamryn Fleming to keep Mark and Eva safe under operation Pandora. They were being sent to Luna and were going to quickly become the military’s best kept secret. What they did not except was how far reaching the saboteur’s reach was. This mission became compromised and the group had to scramble to stay alive and the hunted had to become the hunters.
The villain in this story is actually quite ingenious and has a masterplan that was years in the making. I loved learning about her plans and enjoyed that they were intricate and involved many moving parts. Even if she were to fail, the plans she set in motion could sustain themselves with an underling to guide them. Such a good plot!
I really appreciated the friendship building between Mark and Axel. It is not all that often where you read a story that has two males with no initial relationship meeting and developing a friendship in a most male fashion. There were also many female characters in this story and several of them were in high ranking positions usually held by men. I appreciated that but outside of the villain the women got very little character development. The story mostly focused on Mark and Axel. I am hoping that the female protagonists in book two get more attention.
This had big action sequences and the scenes kept a fast pace. I would have to say it is written more like a military op….. Here’s the issue. Let’s run it by a few key members of leadership. We will then make a plan, distribute what is expected and move on. The results will come when completed and we will deal with them then. At that time, we will make a new plan based upon that intelligence. In the meantime, lets stick to the parameters that we put into place.
Ideas were discussed and then given off to another character. In the end the issue was resolved but I was left out of the details. It was not bad writing just a different style. I am a details person. I want to know how each character played their part not just the result of their actions. Being included in everything would have made this story more enjoyable to me.
Hmmm, did I mention that there were augmented people in this story? An important character in this story had an accident with long-term consequences and they had to be given mechanical parts. This affected them being able function in their current job but it led to an epiphany for another character, which then gave birth to something really freaking cool. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next installment in this series. Overall, this is an action-packed science fiction thriller that has everything a fan of sci-fi would be clamoring for!
*Thank you to Andria Stone for this complimentary copy of Edge of the Future*