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― John Scalzi

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Asimov: “Type faster”

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— Philip K. Dick

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— Robert A. Heinlein

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— Robert A. Heinlein

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“Sometimes I think I must have a Guardian Idiot.  A little invisible spirit just behind my shoulder, looking out for me…only he’s an imbecile.”

― Spider Robinson

“Peace Talks”

Author: McLaughlin, Kevin

Wow! That is a low score compared to the previous 10 books in this series. Yes, it is, but I think it’s deserved for many reasons.

I was under the impression that this series was supposed to be about the Starship Satori, yet it’s only mentioned once or twice in this entire book. Additionally, the entire book takes place on Earth, primarily at McClelland Space Force Base. I guess there’s nothing really wrong with that, but after reading about starships flying throughout the vastness of space, it’s kind of a letdown. I am also really disappointed about how the story played out. The book really describes some political unrest between the USSF (United States Space Force) and the general population or at least a portion of it. And it got everything wrong!

The Naga has realized they made a grievous mistake in attacking Earth. After they almost got wiped out by the Kkitchikut (how in the world are you supposed to pronounce that?), the Naga realize that it might be worthwhile to have humans on their side. Together, both Humans and Naga might be able to stand against the “Bugs”. An envoy/Ambassador was sent to Earth. He happens to be Warlord Gaurl who had previous dealings with humans and had even taken on a human protege by the name of Owen McInness.

So we have a very high ranking Naga Ambassador meeting with General Hereford, Commander of the USSF. It seems to me that most Ambassadors would visit with the Secretary of State rather than some General Officer. Anyway, the story does show the Naga Ambassador meeting with various government officials, but he’s not a politician and he doesn’t really understand our political system. The Naga do not have a anything resembling a politician! He does eventually meet with the Secretary of Defense, but it seems to be just a minor blip in this story.

Ok, so while that’s going on, there seems to be some kind of political unrest in the population just outside the gate. It is known that the United States have agreed to talk to the Naga, but some people are dead set against such actions. And this is where the rest of the story gets preposterous! A General Officer and an alien Ambassador would not be confronting a bunch of protesters at the main gate to any military based. It just isn’t going to happen. A Space Force security team isn’t going to be as inept as described in this book. They couldn’t capture seven armed protesters approaching a gate in the middle of the night even after they were warned of the pending attack!

If you’re going to write a book about the military, please at least portray them in some similar manner as to how they work. No General Office is going to allow himself to be caught in the situations described in this book. Also, no unknown kid is going to be able to walk into a bar and just join up with a bunch of militant terrorist. Not going to happen! Nothing in this book could have happened.

Let’s move on to the next book, shall we!


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Book Author: McLaughlin, Kevin
Series Title: Starship Satori
Series Number: 12
Review Date: 07/06/2020