Five star reviews — Rescue One: Breaking Point by Michael Gardner
The description, via Goodreads:
Antonio Baros has invented an engine that can propel a spaceship faster-than-light, but he has no idea if it works.
Fearful of losing the glory of his invention, Antonio pilots the prototype spaceship himself, with disastrous results. Alone in space, with little hope of survival, he must face his inner demons or reach his breaking point.
Breaking Point is the prequel to the forthcoming novel Rescue One.
And my review:
This was a very good, if rather short, story. I know it’s a short story, but it felt like it could’ve easily been a bit longer, like some of the flashback bits could’ve done with a bit more fleshing out. I liked the main character, especially that he was far from perfect while still being competent. I liked that it starts with things going wrong and then flashes back to how the experiment got funded and whatnot, instead of moving chronologically. Really, my only complaint is that it was so very short.
Like the last review I posted on here, there’s not much more I can say. This story was only 19 pages, so between the description and my review, everything non-spoilery is covered.
And I’m sorry the regular features of my blog haven’t been seen in a while. The short story that was supposed to have gone up a few weeks ago proved to be so far from my current standards that it needed rewritten, not just edited, and I couldn’t work up the enthusiasm or interest to do so, since it’s not really very interesting anyway. Then the next week I was so busy working on launching Intertwined Lives that I totally spaced on putting this up, and this week I, after getting frustrated with both GURPS and Traveller one time too many, finally started working on my own rpg system, like I’ve been considering doing for several years. And bought and started playing Torchlight 2, but I’m sure that had nothing to do with losing track of the date . . .
The post that was supposed to go up this week will be up Wednesday or Thursday, and a new chapter of Intertwined Lives will be up tomorrow!