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I grew up in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, enjoying the wilds and the lake until I joined the Canadian Navy. After neary twenty-five years of seeing the world, it is the coast of British Columbia and sailing on the sea that has most inspried my writing.
Adam La Rusic
on May 21, 2013 :
"Jupiter Rising: The Columbus Protocols" follows the exploits of a small multinational force around Jupiter engaged in antagonistic first contact with an alien species.
MacUisdin uses his own naval background to good effect, showing a mastery of battle strategy and tactics. There's no sci-fi magic here--vehicles have to stop for fuel, use low-tech laser arrays and torpedos, and search vast swaths of empty space for single targets. Rations are bad, the ships are beat up, the crew are sleep deprived and pressed to the limit of endurance in cramped quarters. It's war--ugly, vicious, characterized by a regimented existence interspersed with lightning moments of intense adrenalin.
MacUisdin's characters are driven by past failures, internecine rivalries and the terrible pressures of military command. It's a far-flung, fractured force, tasked by a distant Earth with stopping a technologically superior force. MacUiusdin shows a particular gift for complex intercultural relationships and his gift of the vernacular and cultural idioms is sublime.
MacUisdin's has a talent for confronting the reader with the immediacy of combat--the smells and sounds, and the slow rise of fear as inevitable combat approaches. You will feel like you are in the cramped confines of a ship in battle.
Tautly plotted, the book courses through to a crackerjack ending.
If you like military, near-future science fiction with a driving plot and complex character development, this book will leave you wanting more.
(reviewed long after purchase)