Reviewed by: Pete Barber
Genre: Science Fiction
Approximate word count: 25-30,000 words
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"Windsor Harries was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, in the heady years between TV's heyday and the Internet revolution. He has been writing ever since he can remember. His early influences include everything from Edgar Rice Burroughs to Doctor Who (Tom Baker, of course). In his mild-mannered secret identity, he works in marketing in the financial services industry. Prime is his first published novel."
Centuries ago, the Spidon invaded, conquered, and occupied the planet Axion. To ensure continued domination, they eradicated two warrior gene types from the Axion race. The story details a long-term Axion plan to overthrow their oppressors.
This novelette was a fast, fun read. I was rooting for the main characters, Toch and Luqas. Their manipulation at the hands of the Axion council was believable and created an interesting backdrop of political intrigue. There was even a nice plot twist that I didn’t anticipate.
I think there’s a good novel, or possibly more, in this premise, although that of course would require a lot more detail. But I did enjoy the story in its present “short” incarnation.
Rating: **** Four Stars