Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jacqueline's review of Outpassage by Janet and Chris Morris

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Outpassage by Janet and Chris Morris

My overall star rating - from 1-5 --- 2

About the book:
Sgt. “Det” Cox has just spent three years under psych observation on Earth; now that he’s out-system, he isn’t about to tell anyone he’s seeing aliens again. Paige Barnett has lost everything, even her name, because she knows too much about the rebellion spreading through the Earth-Space mining colonies.

Together Cox and Barnett stumble upon the mystery at the revolution’s heart and learn why the rebels are willing to die for it.

Is their discovery humanity’s worst threat or greatest gift? The authorities are willing to destroy whole planets to keep the revolution’s secret from reaching Earth… What’s to stop them from destroying two people

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 16 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 3
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
It starts out like a good old-fashioned science fiction novel, but it's not. I initially thought it was going to be about characters Cox and Barnett on the trail of some good old fashioned space intrigue. But it's not. It was disappointing that Cox and Barnett spend most of the book separate.

Yeah, there's aliens involved; but not the cool kind.  They seem to start fights so people will die, so they can take the corpses and resurrect them into religious fanatics and spread the . . . . whatever. Just what it is they are spreading . . . not so clear. They sort of become religious zombies.

Summing it all up, it's a disappointing book with a very unsatisfying ending. Had the makings, initially, of a good old science fiction romp. But it's not, not at all. There's a substantial amount of violence, and distinct religious overtones.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- moderate
Violence rating -- high


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