Alien, Sea of Sorrows, by James A, Moore, is a masterpiece set within the strange future of the Alien series. If you do not enjoy the Alien paradigm, then you might not find it to be a masterpiece, but if you do--then yes it is. I have read most if not all Alien novels and I would have to say this one stands out as the best of the lot.
An interesting item of note in regard to the Alien series: Someone could argue with me, perhaps, but it seems to me that Alien might be able to receive third place in a measure of lasting science fiction and film worlds. Only Star Trek and Star Wars have lasted longer and produced more works.
Sea of Sorrows is set into the future three hundred years after the events, which take place in the movie Aliens. The planet, where so long ago, was the first place to attach a face hugger onto a human, is now host to three major cities. Mining has begun again and the ship that Cain, Dallas, and Lambert discovered has been buried. Sometimes good things do not last and a mining operation rediscovers it.
Decker was working on this world and when The Company discovers that his limited telepathic power gives him contact with the Aliens and he is able to help him locate their presence through the Alien's hatred for him. For they somehow perceive that he is, oddly enough, a descendant of Ellen Ripley and the Alien's can sense this and their rage toward him knows no limit. Through the use of blackmail and threats, The Company forces Decker to accompany thirty-five mercs in a quest to gather 'samples.'
The characters do not stop there, and Moore does a smooth job introducing the reader to the huge cast of the various individuals involved it what will soon become a disaster. Decker is no mercenary, but quickly finds the need to join the men and women who are fighting for their lives and more against an onslaught of Aliens--Aliens that seek Decker's destruction above all else.
Decker himself is doing what he can to keep both his sanity and body intact as the pressure builds. He is a strong character, but is also gripped with real issues, which keep him from being some unstoppable hero. His realism and other complex traits, leaves the reader rushing to find the outcome of his fate.
I cannot see to many downsides to this book, unless you do not like the Alien concept, and if that is the case, grab something else. Some parts do seen so intense that it might be hard to believe anyone could service, but do not worry, most do not.
Moore takes on a huge task here and brings it home. He is faithful to the Alien genre and doesn't try to change it to put his own stamp on it in a bad way. He makes a tense on your edge of your seat thriller within the world of Alien and keeps it full of action and horror. My only question is... will he get to write a sequel?Michael D. Griffiths