I liked this little scifi short story. Well, not exactly a short story. It's long for a short story. This appears to be in line with the Lokians scifi novels, but I can't really tell where it fits in, and I think it may be after the 3rd novel, which is still in "re-release prep mode" I guess.
Any-meow, Ambassador Lay, who used to be Admiral Lay, is speaking to a new recruit for Phoenix Crew, which was led by Captain O'Hara in the novels, and he relates to this new gal, Chang, the story of his Bureau dealings back when he was a Lieutenant.
It was really a blast. I got to learn a little more about a super mysterious figure, John Lay, and why he is the man he is, and even a little bit about how The Bureau operates. They're the secret organization who deal with extraterrestrials in case you haven't read any of the books.
Unfortunately, there was something missing in this story. I think maybe it should have been worked out more thoroughly. It just felt a little blah, a little blank, in some areas, and I wasn't quite as sucked in as I had hoped. To date, the first novel, Beyond the End of the World, is still my favorite in the series, but Apollo was really neat.
There were no aliens though. I mean they were mentioned, but no one interacted with them. I did like seeing some of the characters as their younger selves, and I loved how the colony was portrayed, but all-in-all, the whole story just needed more, of, well, itself. It needed to be longer and have more descriptions and interactions.
The action was sweet. The dialogue was cool. The characters were amazing, and maybe that's why I wanted more.... I'm also used to all the planet-hopping from the other two novels. You know, as I write this review, I start to feel like Apollo was DLC for the Lokians series. That's really what it boils down to for me, and it was great DLC, but I'm pumped about the next "game" in the series, which will hopefully be released soon.
No doubt, this is a great addition the Lokians scifi series, and I'm still trembling, waiting, to see what happens in the 3rd novel.
Meow, meow, meow....
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)