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Alex Rosaria writes mainly horror stories, but also likes to branch out to other genres when his creativity demands it.
He loves the freedom writing gives in creating any story that transforms in his mind, and to share this with anyone willing to read it.
Faye T. Knight
on March 05, 2012 :
(4 of 5 stars)
This book can be summed up in one word: revenge.
Without his men, he is no longer a captain. Without a mission, he would no longer be a soldier. Sergeant Troy Black is the lone survivor of a deadly attack. He stands alone, covered in the blood of his men and the creatures that killed them on a desolate moon at the edge of the galaxy. The scarlet, hellish planet AR-01 boils in the black sky. Gravity and distance are the only two factors keeping the moon from being burnt to oblivion, but AR-01 is only a minor threat.
The bugs, the parasitic, ant-like, scorpion-tailed colony of alien insects that have infested AR-01’s moon live for conquest alone. They slip inside the bodies of the dead and turn men to monsters, infecting their brains with a single, collective thought: infest, spread and conquer.
Troy knows they have a leader. He knows the bugs that annihilated his squadron and took over the only outpost station with links to Athena IV, the space cruiser orbiting AR-01, are taking orders from a ‘queen’. She is responsible for killing his men. She must pay for her crimes and suffer for what she’s done. Kill the queen, kill the colony. A simple plan. If only Troy had enough oxygen in his suit to make it to the outpost alive.
F.C.F. That Within is a one-night-read with a vengeful plot and enough nasty bug-mutants to keep your imagination flowing. Alex Rosaria writes with gritty, crisp descriptions that echo the grim desolation of his characters and setting. He delivers on his action scenes, adding enough blood and guts to conjure up images of the movie Starship Troopers with Casper Van Dien. For a short Sci-Fi novel, F.C.F. That Within packs a lot in. Besides the ‘no-mercy’ style violence, there is some mystery and a light peppering of, believe it or not, romance. I am intrigued to see what else Rosaria has in store for his future works.
(reviewed long after purchase)