Friday, January 25, 2019

Review of LOST SOLACE by Karl Drinkwater

<a href="" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Lost Solace" src="" /></a><a href="">Lost Solace</a> by <a href="">Karl Drinkwater</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
As I read this book, I could not help but be reminded of two cautionary tales by Stephen King: "Sometimes They Come Back" and "Sometimes They Come Back Again."<br />I thought of these in terms of their titles, because LOST SOLACE is a captivating science fiction novel whose premise is just that: <br />Sometimes they come back.<br />In this case, "they" refers to missing spaceships, those who entered Null space and then never exited--or at least not in the known universe. Nobody knows where these ships went, where they are, or if they will ever return. Except sometimes they do return. Sometimes they are recoverable for salvage. Sometimes they don't return uninhabited.<br /><br />LOST SOLACE stars two delightfully strong female protagonists. One is human (Opal); one is AI (Clarissa). Clarissa herself is part of a ship Opal has acquired. The dialogues and interaction between these two is priceless: sometimes snarky, sometimes comforting, all times entertaining. Opal has just located a Lost Ship; unfortunately, said vessel is now trapped in the gravity well of a Neutron Star, so it is close to falling into oblivion, permanently lost. But Opal is determined to board it; this Lost Ship may carry what she's spent a lifetime searching. Now, she just has to board, search, and leave before this Lost Ship is lost forever, and Opal with it.
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