THE LAZARUS WAR: ARTEFACT
Guns! Gore! Galaxies!
released OUT NOW! 438 pages | Paperback/ ebook
Author Jamie Sawyer
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.