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Terrorcruise, by Charles Brass
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Clear View Press
Published: 2010
Review Posted: 10/28/2013
Reviewer Rating:
Reader Rating: Not Rated

Terrorcruise, by Charles Brass

Book Review by Michael D. Griffiths

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Terrorcruise, by Charles Brass is a high tech Science Fiction thriller. Five years before the story begins a member of the interplanetary law enforcement Fleet, named Axel, had his best friends and lover gunned down by an evil terrorist known as Hetz. Everyone thinks Hetz is dead, but Axel believes differently and thinks he might know where the man will strike next.

Hetz tends to attack stellar pleasure cruises, which are much like the ocean cruises of today save they go from planet to planet. Since the Fleet is forcing him to take a vacation, he decides why not book a space on the mostly likely cruise that Hetz would hit. Along the way he meets a woman traveling incognito. They strike up a friendship and he tells her his real reason for being on board.

And as with most fiction, Hetz does attack the cruise with his gang of terrorists. Hetz plans go off well and before long he has complete control of the ship. But Axel has other ideas and with the help of Kershie and her allies they fight back. But it is still just one man and a few civilians against forty armed and well trained terrorists and Axel has his work cut out for him as he faces nearly impossible odds.

I got this book a while ago when I took over the reviews for SFReader. It took me a little while to get to it and I was not expecting too much, but I was happily surprised. It ended up being inventive and well written. Some of the tech was cool, new, and original. And not only that, it was used in the story many times. The characters were well done and very realistic. Axel is no Neo and his friend is not Buffy. They get beaten and injured to the point where they can barely function. Even though Axel was outnumbered, his battle against the terrorist believable and difficult. He did not just run into the room and kill eight with a butter knife, like Hollywood shows us each summer.

Possible downsides of this novel could include that Axel got a little too lucky picking the right ship, but if you can put that behind you and just enjoy the action, the reader will be alright. Some of the alien races got confusing for me. The terrorist were called Bugs, but seemed to be of different races, so I was not sure what that really meant.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of this book. It grabbed me and wanted me to keep going. The characters were developed well. I would read another book by this author.
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