Poignant and incredibly powerful,
Ness not only entertains but leaves
us deep in thought.
The first scout ships of the Chrysallaman Empire made contact in 1947. Their mission was simple: find a suitable planet for colonization. Earth—HG-281—was the perfect target. Rich with land, minerals, and water, the blue planet could boast only of a primitive race of defenders known as Humans, bugs who could be easily squashed by the might of a single Chrysallaman’s mind. When one of the scout ships is unexpectedly brought down, the advance party is forced to return to their home planet 30 light-years away to report and regroup. In their wake, they left behind a broken ship, dead crew members, and a young alien boy who would grow to become one of Earth’s greatest assets—and her greatest ally.
The lizard-like aliens would be back, and in force. Mankind must prepare a strategy capable of defending against not only superior technology, but superior psychic ability and strength. It will take an elite group of military personnel, brilliant scientists, a sombrero-wearing alien, and another generation to plant the seeds that will grow into a World Wide Defense, the likes of which the Chrysallamans have never known.
A Science Fiction novel that delivers inventiveness and depth 'The Origin of F.O.R.C.E is sure to keep readers glued to Miller’s plot. Involving, fast-paced and interwoven with action It’s hard not to be impressed by his descriptions and application of technology to create not just atmosphere to his story but a pervading sense of presence. Achieving this in part through historical reference he sets an edgy tone which benefits from a timely infusion of levity but what makes Miller’s novel most notable is the relationships between his characters. In the wrong hands they could have come over as trite and superficial but here he delivers an insightful commentary on group dynamics, their human strengths and weaknesses and most importantly how they relate to an alien in their midst. It’s not a quick read, with the obligatory twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, but Miller’s not an author to obsess about details He gives us just enough whilst making way for speculative reflection. He holds our attention but more importantly he fans the flames of our imagination.
A well conceived and dynamic science fiction that succeeds on every level, 'The Origin of F.O.R.C.E proves a highly original and entertaining debut from a talented author. Not one to miss, it is recommended without reservation.
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Sam B. Miller II holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, from the University of Tennessee. He has five children and lives with his wife, Susan, and their many dogs, in Northeast Tennessee. The Origin of F.O.R.C.E. is his first novel, and he just finished its sequel, Dawn of Chrysalis. The third book in the series is currently under way.