2019-10-26 20:20:38 UTC
Series)" by Jack L Knapp
Book number five 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 six now. I have no idea if a book
seven will be published as the author is working on two other series, an
alternate universe series and an ESP series.
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 series 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. And aliens.
This book is specifically about New Frontiers, Inc. completing the move
to Mars with hundreds of thousands of employees / settlers and their
space ship manufacturing facilities. Earth has grown too over populated
and too political. And the Flickers have established a colony on Mars
also. And the Flickers are not quite as pacifistic as they seem to be.
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. And the
resulting societal changes from the revolutionary technological changes.
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (11 reviews)