The Guardian’s Second Critique


Here is Noelle Granger’s four star critique.


Martian sci-fi, September 6, 2015
This review is from: The Guardian (Paperback)
I will freely admit I am a fan of science fiction but have not often read books in this genre since I was introduced to Herbert and Asimov. Lately, I returned to the genre, more as a dabbler. The Guardian, by Jack Eason, is one of the sic-fi books I’ve read.
The Guardian is a novella and a quick and exciting read. It opens with an introduction to the Guardian itself, a millennia-old entity that was left to guard Mars by its ancient civilization. Humans have now reached Mars and have established an automated mining operation to provide ore for Earth. There is still a need to oversee the operation, and the techs living on site are now unreachable and the mining operation has ceased production. The CEO of the corporation running the operation has now sent a crew of two to discover the problem and fix it.
The crew is consists of Adler Stevens, of the British Army’s Military Police and Lynne Crawford, from the Canadian Air Force. When they arrive at the mining operation, they find the staff has disappeared into thin air. They are ordered to transport home and another technical crew is sent out. When Stevens and Crawford meet again, this time in mufti, they strike up a rather spicy relationship.
When the new mining crew goes silent and ore production ceases again, Stevens and Crawford are sent back to Mars, this time with additional team members, former military personnel like them. Their investigation leads them to various sites on Mars, with which the author is clearly familiar, and builds in tension as the team investigates various sites to find the lost crew members and discovers evidence of the Guardian’s civilization. Their countermeasures to thwart the deadly unknown entity is punctuated by the inner thoughts of the Guardian, which gives another, interesting perspective to the tale. To a certain extent, the reader can empathize with it.
This book is well-paced, exciting and, in this reviewer’s opinion, could easily have been expanded to a full length novel. The author does a good job with future technology and the creation of the alien existence.
There are two things I found distracting. First was the length of the sexual interludes early in the book and again later in the story, which broke up the pacing. Second is the open use of endearing epithets such as “baby” in Stevens and Crawford’s interactions, even when in the presence of the rest of their team. This came across as unprofessional in what was otherwise a great yarn with lots of twists and turns.

Thanks for the critique Noelle. Just a shame you didn’t edit it…

4 thoughts on “The Guardian’s Second Critique

  1. Interesting review, Jack. It’s probably not realistic to expect readers who review to go to the trouble to edit their work, however. They’re readers, consumers of words, rather than creators of word landscapes. Just a thought.

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