Has this ever happened to you? You read a review of book. It sounds really interesting, so you find said book. The description on the book cover or jacket is clever and draws you in. The first chapter is enjoyable and you think, this is going to be a really good book. Only it turns out to be an okay book. That is what happened with the book, The Burning Dark. There was every indication of greatness, it just didn’t quite get there.
Here is the description from the back of the book:
“Back in the day, Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland had led the fleet into battle against a machine intelligence capable of devouring entire worlds. After saving a planet, and getting a bum robot knee in the process, he finds himself relegated to one of the most remote backwaters in Fleet space, overseeing the decommissioning of a semi-deserted space station.
Persistent malfunctions plague the station’s systems while interference from a toxic purple star makes even ordinary communications problematic. Alien shadows and whispers seem to haunt the lonely corridors and airlocks, fraying the nerves of everyone aboard.
Isolated and friendless, Cleveland reaches out to the universe via an old-fashioned space radio, only to tune in to a strange, enigmatic signal: a woman’s voice that echoes across a thousand light-years of space. But is the transmission just a random bit of static from the past — or a warning of an undying menace? – Book Cover of The Burning Dark
As you can tell from the description on book jacket, it has the makings of a really interesting story. I will confess, that this book although not my favorite was not awful either. There were a couple things that I really didn’t like about this book.
One thing was the harsh break on page 19 of the book. The story jumps from a battle to a group of people drinking together telling stories. The actual drinking get together doesn’t really happen until much later in the book, chapter twenty-eight, to be exact. It was confusing and introduced characters in such a way that I didn’t put together who some of these characters were until much later.
Authors will often skip from character story to character story to move along the plot. It was used in this novel. However, instead of moving the plot along, it was choppy and sometimes confusing.
But as I said before there was some really good things about this novel. The back stories of the characters, even the villain were very interesting and well written. Even if their inclusions were at odd times and places.
The authors descriptions of space and the anomaly that the space station was orbiting were very well written and researched. Also the descriptions for setting up scenes and places on the space station, and Zia Hollywood’s ship were well done. I could really visualize these places. Adam Christopher has a gift for describing a place.
My final thoughts about this novel is that it is an okay novel. If you have read it and have different thoughts or opinions, please comment. I would invite discussion about the novel The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher.