Genre: Science Fiction
Reviewer: Michael D. Griffiths
Have you read this book?
Destiny by William Emmett, came out in 2017 and it was nice to read a recently released novel. In this science fiction tale, super high tech meets a totalitarian medieval state along with various other cultures, which exist on this far-off world our hero finds himself stranded on.
Menem is the sole survivor of an interstellar exploration program. When he, and much of his tech, are forced to land on this world full of more primitive humans, he throws Star Trek’s Prime Directive out the window, it lands in the fire, and instead he sets out using his technology to be a one-man force for justice, the betterment of the people, and human rights.
And Menem has a serious amount of tech. He can create sonic booms, knock out fifty guards, and escape into his orbiting craft at will. He finds a young deformed girl who was subjected to slaver cruelty. He rescues her and uses his machines to recraft her into the most beautiful woman on the planet.
Together they set off to create a university of higher learning, but in the process, anger the evil emperor who has twenty times the troops of Menem’s local allies and who sets out to destroy Menem and his allies. The free people are forced to wager on whether good planning and high-tech aid will be enough to help them win against overwhelming numbers.
Some kinks in this book’s armor would include all the typos. I know I’m not one to talk when it comes to editing, but golly, this book had a lot. Hopefully they’ll all be fixed before it goes up sale. I found it a strange choice for Menem to do everything in his power to take over the ethics of this world he crashed on. I suppose it would be tempting, but kind of an odd concept to think one person with tech could be all but a god molding the planet and changing the flow for all the people rightfully living there. But hey, maybe given the chance, I would do it too.
I liked how his advanced technology was used in imaginative ways to affect outcomes which would aid his allies. Strong book and enjoyable. Emmett shows promise.