I’ll get right to the point: Peace Warrior is a flawlessly-written science fiction adventure with sympathetic characters and a fast-paced plot. Though billed as military science fiction, Peace Warrior cuts across genres and subgenres by incorporating cultural issues of nature and nurture, war and peace. Complex heroes like Grant Justice and complex issues like these hit the page with the force of an alien mothership biting the dust. Any description I write won’t do it justice (get it? get it?); Steven L. Hawk’s novel is something like War of the Worlds meets cryogenics and hippies on steroids. All I can say is that it’s impossible not to get invested in the outcome of the story and the personalities of our protagonists. No way around it–I’m with Team Human.
Reading Time: 6 hours on a flight from Birmingham to Los Angeles plus one lazy weekend. But that’s just me.
Recommendation: SF subgenres like cyberpunk, steampunk, or the mysterious New Weird can sometimes be an acquired taste (not Christmas present material for the lay science fiction reader). Peace Warrior outstrips niche readership for a general audience. Steven L. Hawk absolutely blows away the common stigma that indie authors create lower-quality work.