Guns! Gore! Gal­ax­ies!

SFX - - Reviews - Saxon Bul­lock

re­leased OUT NOW! 438 pages | Pa­per­back/ ebook

Au­thor Jamie Sawyer

Pub­lisher Or­bit

Sci­ence fic­tion can be smart, provoca­tive and thought­pro­vok­ing – but there’s also plenty of room for high- oc­tane ad­ven­ture fea­tur­ing ex­plo­sions, es­capes and slaver­ing aliens to kill. The lat­est book aim­ing to sat­isfy those with a de­sire for pulpy ac­tion is this open­ing vol­ume of a new saga from de­but au­thor Jamie Sawyer.

The story is set in a fu­ture where mankind bat­tles a vi­cious alien race us­ing sim­u­lants – cloned, re­motely- op­er­ated sol­diers who can die in bat­tle count­less times. Sim­u­lant op­er­a­tor Cap­tain Con­rad Har­ris has ex­pe­ri­enced death so many times he’s nick­named “Lazarus”, but a res­cue mis­sion to a dis­tant world brings him face to face with an alien arte­fact and a po­ten­tial “true” death…

Fast- paced and full of ac­tion, The Lazarus War: Arte­fact makes no pre­tence at orig­i­nal­ity, heav­ily ref­er­enc­ing ev­ery­thing from Edge Of To­mor­row to Aliens, and the book strug­gles to over­come thin char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion and melo­dra­matic di­a­logue. Thank­fully, the propul­sive nar­ra­tive keeps the book mov­ing, and while it lags be­hind space thrillers like James SA Corey’s Ex­panse saga, it’s still an en­ter­tain­ing slice of retro sci- fi ad­ven­ture.

Jamie Sawyer got the idea for Arte­fact re­search­ing drone warfare, and get­ting in­ter­ested in the stress of an op­er­a­tor.

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