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The Augustine Agenda, by William L. Lavell Book Review | SFReader.com
The Augustine Agenda, by William L. Lavell Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Create Space Published: 2010 Review Posted: 6/10/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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The Augustine Agenda, by William L. Lavell
Book Review by Paul Weiss
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Earth was overcrowded and a shadowy industrial conglomerate, identified
only as "The Company", offered to terraform the planets and moons of the
Three Systems into habitable environments for emigrating pioneers in
return for a contract with Earth's government that they could retain all
the profits that might be drawn from the resources and future business
earned on what was obviously a high risk venture with low probability of
any return at all. But, when the Company decided that this agreement
was a license to become a dictatorial government ruling every aspect of
the settlers' lives, a resistance was formed and the brutal war was on.
Jace Ryan is the commander of the Resistance on the planet Augustine.
After a series of tentative unsuccessful engagements, the Company
launches an all-out, no-holds-barred attack and the Resistance forces
are soundly thrashed. Jace's friends are killed, his girlfriend Magenta
is MIA and his sister, Jade, after considerable argument to the
contrary, accepts her brother's forcible wishes and escapes to fight
another day. Imprisoned on a penal colony after his capture, Jace meets
three other prisoners - a reluctant mercenary, a skilled pilot and a
telepath, each of whom would like to see the last of the Company as much
as Jace. After their escape, the chase is on and Aarla, the Company CEO
and Fleet Commander Straker, pull out all the stops to re-capture them
and end this thorn in their sides once and for all.
I have to give first-time author William Lavell good marks for writing
an effective gung-ho sci-fi space opera that is easy-going enjoyable
reading. The characters were nicely developed and I have to admit that I
got a special kick out of the rather irreverent sawbones who chose to
escape with Jace and his crew rather than face an irate shotgun toting
father who wanted to blast his butt for playing fast and loose with his
daughter. But I've also got to say that there's a considerable feeling
of "been there, done that" in this debut novel. THE AUGUSTINE AGENDA is a
STAR WARS plot (rebels vs the Empire) played out in a STAR TREK
universe complete with inertial stabilizers, warp drives, blasters,
tractor beams, deflector shields, talking main computers, telepaths and
Lavell's clearly got the chops for writing sci-fi but needs more originality before he'll truly stand out from the crowd.
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