Genre: Sci-Fi/Young Adult
“It was a routine mission outside the confines of the bio-habitat housing the first human colony on Mars. At least it was supposed to be routine. Which is why Dexter Arnold was outside alone despite policy which dictated a mandatory out-time partner. Routine departed when he wrecked his rover buggy. That was the least of his problems as the worst was yet to come. As a matter of fact, the worse was coming both fast and straight at Dexter.”
From James Womack’s author page on Amazon: “I'm a deaf person who likes to write stories. Actually, I prefer telling stories in American Sign Language (ASL) but not everyone understands it. For me, storytelling is storytelling so writing stories gives me much pleasure. My hope is readers get pleasure from what I've written. I'm not focused on any specific genre so my stories range from science fiction to religious based stories. I hold a bachelor degree from Gallaudet University and a Masters degree from California State University of Northridge. I used to teach Deaf high school students before teaching college students full time in the last two decades of my career. I'm married to a really cool woman who was also my Gallaudet University classmate during my time there. My non-writing activities include cooking, fishing, playing with my youngest grandkids, and experimenting with applying computer software to educational purposes.”
This novelette is tense, engaging, and fast paced. Mr. Womack does an excellent job describing the terrain on his version of Mars surface, the bio-habitat, and outer space. As he introduces us to the characters, it’s easy to get a feel for their personalities and the comradery that has developed between the diverse crew members. Mr. Womack inserted a little subtle humor to break the tension, which was well placed and realistic.
I think any reader would enjoy this science fiction. My preferred genre is not Sci-Fi but I enjoyed this story. The scenario is futuristic and realistic. The crew members are believable and I felt their despair deeply. However, I can’t even imagine how it would actually feel to have to watch a tragedy unfold in front of my own eyes and not be able to do anything to help or keep it from happening.
Nothing worth noting.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Approximate word count: 9-10,000 words