My rating: 1 of 5 stars
This will be a short review. It’s a fairly fast read, but not very consistent, not very interesting. The characters are flat and uninteresting and the plotting doesn’t work. But mostly, I’m rating it low because it doesn’t fit together very well. Here’s two short examples (with spoilers):
When the “mystery” fleet arrives and we’re told it belongs to the gangster, and is there because the businessman called them there a few questions that immediately pops up into your head: wasn’t the businessman cut off from communications? And if he wasn’t, did he really fail to inform them that there are two enemy ships in-system?
Or how about this: The scientist notices that the relic “resembles” a Shoal drive, and in the next paragraph he is absolutely certain it is a “transluminal drive”. Huh? Care to explain? Or does he often jump to conclusions with his whole heart like that?
On top of this the character interactions are halting and sometimes incomprehensible. The nasty guys are fine though, they work. The computer system doesn’t. Nor the aliens.
But hell, it’s a quick read and although I won’t recommend it to anyone, it did kill a few hours. Rated 2.5 out of 10.