“Orb Men” is a novella clocking in at about twenty-thousand words. It’s not exactly science fiction, so much as it is historical fiction with a pulp sci-fi feel, a touch of the political thrills, and a dash of good humor.
Paul’s put a lot of work into this story and it shows. The lead investigator, Creeger, is a well thought out and well executed protagonist and the whole story has the feel of a fifties movie. I’m not sure how he accomplished it, but I could see the scenes playing out in my head in black and white. The dialog is tight and the rest of the characters, including Creeger’s team, are believable. The most satisfying part is the ending (are the endings>) and while I won’t spoil it for you, I can say that everyone gets what they deserve.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)