Reviewed by: Pete Barber
Genre: Science Fiction
Approximate word count: 40,000-45,000 words
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Jack has published seven stories and a book of poems.
A strange box is discovered on Mars, obviously made by an intelligent species. A crew is sent to retrieve said artifact, and on their way home, they crack the code on some discs found inside and learn that the box originated on the planet Plixon, sent by a computer intelligent know on that planet as the Godmachine.
This is a fast and easy read. The premise is a little worn (Matrix, 1984, or more closely-This Perfect Day—a personal favorite), but that’s OK, the writing kept me engaged. I did have issues with suspension of disbelief on a few occasions (plot holes, not black holes, but pretty big ones). But overall I recommend this to a sci-fi enthusiast looking to while away time on a boring flight, or as a beach read where you don’t want to tax the brain too much and yet need enough stimulation to keep the pages turning, or if you’re laid up in bed with the flu (like I am!). Without the plot gaffs, this would rank four stars. If you’re a forgiving type, try it out.
Too few to mention.
Rating: *** Three stars