3 out of 4 stars
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The Scent of Distant Worlds by W. D. County is the story of a futuristic voyage to an alien planet. From the beginning we are led to believe that the voyagers are travelling on a scientific mission to find a world that may be suitable for terraforming to make a habitable location for human beings to live in. The crew is made up of all the major ethnic groups to appeal to all of the inhabitants on earth. As the story progresses it is made apparent to the reader that there is far more going on with this mission than just scientific research. We find espionage and counter-espionage between shipmates and their home base on earth. We find that among the crew there are actions and reactions that are not always above board. We also find that this mission is not necessarily all science related but may very well be profit motivated. When they reach their destination all seems well. This is not the case. The inhabitants of this planet do not want intruders and have the intellect and the means to thwart the human takeover of their planet.
Mankind's time on earth is not infinite. We can tell by the signs of global warming and other crises arising on earth that our time here is almost at an end. If we do not kill ourselves first, Mother Nature is going to force us to leave this planet. We are currently working on projects like this and have been for some time now. Since the government has allowed the private sector to become involved in our space faring adventures we have been forging ahead in leaps and bounds.
The upside of the book is that it gives us an insight of how our journey of space exploration could come about. It also shows that no matter how hard we try there are going to be ups and downs. There are also going to be good characters and bad characters. I think the author wants to give us a glimpse of what space travel can and will be but also gives us examples of the good as well as the bad nature of mankind itself.
The only downside to the book are the various instances where the author gets into the technical side of science and space travel. This doesn't really detract from the book and does not take away from the story itself. There are also a number of errors which would indicate to me that maybe a better job of editing could have been done. I give the book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars.
Due to the technical jargon and quite a bit of profanity I would recommend the book to anyone of a more mature nature who enjoys a good space adventure.
The Scent of Distant Worlds
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