The Best Book Review Endgame Enigma Part 2

The Best Book Review Endgame Enigma Part 2

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Together they had started out as a team to recover intelligence documents about the station. They were caught up in a trap, fear for their survival, and are sure they will never be free again. The real issue is that neither Paula nor Lewis have the slightest clue.

Appraisal

James Hogan hits a winner with this great read of a novel centered on the cold war between the pre-breakup Soviet Union and the Western Allies. Based on a space station, built wholly by the Soviets, the author does a great job building the drama and suspense of this Sci-Fi based spy thriller. The action flows easily from scene to scene like a well-choreographed dance. It is hard to find flaws in this creatively written story.

The characters and scenes are well-developed and draw you into the storyline. The only burps pop up when the author brings in technologies or scenes where the background is not well-addressed or described. At those times, the story seemingly stutters slightly, but not enough to cause the reader any real distress.

There was no point at which we wanted to put the book down unless absolutely necessary, and that only happened a couple of times. The grammar and spelling was impressive for a book written in the mid-eighties, and is not at all like others that we have reviewed from those years that had numerous errors.
Overall, the novel is great and leaves you looking forward to reading another of the author’s works. Take a chance on this one if you get the chance, you won’t be sorry.

Pros
The author creates a world based on a space station with such a vivid and realistic descriptions and background details. It is believable and possible given the technologies involved and explained.
The drama and cloak and dagger tactics portrayed are right from the pages of any top spy thriller and earns this novel a prominent place among them.
The story line is well-written and moves in a steady, even pace, with each turn and twist, is a new idea that draws the reader even further into the author’s vision of a space-based society.

Cons

The reader seemingly has to suspend their understanding of centrifugal forces at one point in the story when the hero and his cohorts take an excursion on the outside of the station’s outer rim – which is spinning at about 150 miles per hour. For example, since the men are walking on the outer edge of the rim when the hero ‘falls’, he should have been propelled outward into a nearby wall, not ‘down’ towards the bottom of the ‘wall’.
Aside from the issues with physics in general, the author includes references to technologies that are unknown to the reader and does not support them with more than a passing reference leaving the reader to guess at the newly introduced technology’s plausibility at several points.
At the end of the novel, there seems to be a disconnect with reality and it seems to come from the lack of credibility to some of the situations and surroundings presented to the reader. It is difficult to imagine a rotating, circular building travelling at 150 miles per hour, buried underground, and housing hundreds of people – let alone building it, without the construction of such a massive project being noticed by even the most basic spy satellites of the time.