3 out of 4 stars
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Intrepid by Jim Ballentine is a unique science fiction novel set during different time periods. The book is divided into three sections, each highlighting various events in the life of Commander Steven Jacobsen and the crew under him. It is an almost realistic situation of what might happen if humans were to ever decide to move to a new solar system.
Steven Jacobsen, newly appointed to the role of commander, arrives in Corporia eager to take charge of his office. He is quickly entrenched into the world of politics and secrecy when a member of the World Council receives threats to his family who reside on the planet Marathene. Determined to lead the mission to safeguard the councilor`s family, he sets up a mission to Marathene. When an explosion to the shuttle of the rail system injures some members of his team, he realizes the danger in his mission. Meanwhile, Jeremiah Singletary, the clerk to the World Council, conspires to undermine Commander Jacobsen`s role and his rising reputation among the World Council members. An attack on the commander while investigating the explosion on the rail system leads him to the Titan, and to the recovery of his past as an original member of the mission to relocate human civilization to Corporia and its sister planets. Will the commander survive long enough to uncover the perpetrators of the attack? Will he discover Jeremiah Singletary`s role in the plot? What led to humans relocating to the new solar system? All these questions will be answered in this amazing book.
The book highlighted many themes like family, friendship, grief, love, secrecy, adventure, danger, technological marvels, and inherent nature. One of the main themes I encountered was secrecy. Steven Jacobsen`s past, along with the mission to relocate humans, is a closely guarded secret that maintains the beliefs of all humans of the new civilization. Another major theme I encountered in the book was adventure. The book follows the exploits of the commander and his crew. I found them to be in some wild adventure from safeguarding a councilor`s family, to investigating the sabotage, and then trying to escape from a coordinated attack. The author used these themes masterfully to further the plot.
The character development in this book was amazing. The protagonist of the book was Steven Jacobsen. He was an interesting character who was inspirational from the beginning of the book. I found him to be unique the more I learned about his past. His experience as a leader and the loss of his wife molded who he was from the beginning of the book. I also enjoyed the character development associated with Andrea Ross. Her secret at the start of the book opened up the plot to unexpected heights.
I encountered few errors in this book which led me to believe that the book had been professionally edited. I secondary pass through the book would get rid of the few interspersed errors I encountered. I enjoyed the detailed world building and the sectioning of the book. It made following the different subplots easier. Due to the errors that I encountered, I rated the book 3 out of 4 stars.
I would recommend this book to science fiction and fantasy readers. The book would not be ideal for non-fiction readers. I loved the unique POV that highlighted the opinions and goals of the antagonists in the book. I look forward to reading more books from the author.
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