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Sam never knew his parents. In fact, he’s never met another human - or seen a sunrise, smelled a flower or eaten a regular meal. All of that is about to change. 

It’s night in the desert, but he doesn’t feel the cold. There is a building ahead. Other people will be inside. His heart skips a beat as he takes a step forward, the rocks crunching under his bare feet. He has dreamed of this moment for as long as he can remember. But that which can be found can just as easily be lost again. It would have been better had Sam’s arrival gone unnoticed. But the artificial life form known only as the Authority is not one to miss such things. 

Nearly as old as time, and almost as powerful, the Authority was built by an ancient civilisation as both an enforcer and a war machine, the destroyer of worlds. It has been watching Sam his entire life. Watching, and waiting, and judging. And now, it has decided that it’s time to act.

©2020 Earik Beann (P)2020 W F Howes

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  • Tommi Elonen
  • 13-01-2021

Small minded

I really struggled with the book until I made mental adjustment to set main characters ages to 12 and 8. After that I no longer groaned so many times. Everyone in the book is just so small minded. Main characters, background characters, nemesis.. Everyone. The A.I. thinking processes described in the book could be something taken from a book written in the 70s. The overall plot in theory was ok and the title of the book provides a hint of a good plot twist that happens in the book. But the characters ruined the book for me. The main character never bothers to think of the big picture, not even once. She has concrete proof of aliens and does nothing with it, not bothering to ask what it means or if / how she should tell the world. Everything is extremely linear to her and she only considers what benefits herself and her immediate family. She handles Sam like he's a simple-minded tag-along who needs no cultural explanations whatsoever for anything. And Sam fulfills these expectations fully. If you are reading the book, I can fully recommend considering the main characters as aged 12 and 8, then the book makes much more sense.

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