2019-10-22 04:57:32 UTC
Book number four of a six book space opera series. I read the well
printed and bound POD (print on demand) trade paperback self published
by the author. I am reading book five now and have book six also.
Wow, great story series. An older engineer buys a bunch of Nikola
Tesla's journals in an old chest and spots a design for an "electric
impeller" that was never built. He built a working version of the
electric impeller after many restarts and has a electric propulsion
device. The story is about the usage of the electric impellers to build
space ships, a Moon base, a Mars base, and various peoples and countries
trying to steal the design.
This book is specifically about the aliens nicknamed the Flickers
introducing themselves to the humans. The Flickers have much more
advanced technology than the humans including FTL and totally automated
space ships. But the Flickers are not the only aliens out there.
BTW, this is not the first time that a story has been written similar to
this. Many stories have "magical" engines for space drives. A very
similar book is John Varley's most excellent _Red Thunder_ which uses
the magical squeezer drive. The reason why I like these stories so much
is that it is not just the new drive device, it is also the design and
work to build the various containers around the new device.
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (13 reviews)