3 out of 4 stars
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Wayne Scott Harral tells an engaging story of a not-so-distant future in his suspenseful science fiction novel Moon Luck. He combines cutting edge technology with global politics to show the rewards and risks of sending a team of researchers into a new environment for the advancement of scientific knowledge. While each crew member on Venturous is known to be intelligent, this similarity alone can't prevent conflict between them. What initially appears to be a random explosion on the station is soon revealed to have had much more sinister motives.
The best part of this novel for me was its level of detail. Harral does a wonderful job of balancing both the science fiction and mystery genres. It is so clear that Harral, an engineer himself, researched every aspect of this novel with great care in order to make a completely believable vision for the year 2039. While some of the technology he referenced does not yet exist, his depth of knowledge vividly illustrates that it is only a matter of time before we find ourselves living in the world of Moon Luck.
Unfortunately, there were multiple errors in both grammar and punctuation that appeared throughout the novel. Misplaced commas disrupted the flow of otherwise engaging sentences. Additionally, I found it hard to connect with the characters at the start of the novel. Introducing a large cast early in the novel made it hard to keep up with the Venturous crew. While Harral did provide an index of characters, there were so many that not everyone was developed in full detail.
Even in spite of the underlying shock surrounding murder on the Moon, the intricacy and beauty of this story will certainly leave readers looking up at the sky with a renewed sense of awe. Moon Luck is a stunning vision of the Earth's future from the perspective of a host of diverse researchers living in close quarters on the Moon. Overall I rate this book with 3 out of 4 stars. The plot and level of detail were stunning, but the lack of professional editing and fully developed characters prevented me from giving it a perfect rating.
Nonetheless, I highly recommend this novel to science fiction and suspense fans of all ages. While the technical details of some of the scientific concepts and political organizations may be confusing or disinteresting to younger readers, the story is one that can be appreciated by and is appropriate for all ages. Anyone who wants to read a thrilling yet realistic story of life on the Moon should certainly take a chance on Moon Luck.
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