Review of Embargo

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Review of Embargo

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[Following is an official review of "Embargo" by Michael Tavis.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Science-fiction author Michael Tavis' book Embargo provides an account of extraterrestrial life, Earth, and the strife that surrounds it. Pataxis, an alien, and John Sum Lang, a human, are at the center of the story, which dates back more than 5000 years.

Pataxis, a Gingco, joined a team of data collectors that went on expeditions to several worlds in search of treasure. They brought certain samples with them that they thought were worthless when they arrived on Earth. The C-foam mattress was found by Pataxis when some sperm samples were placed in a foaming machine, which produced a particularly cozy foam. Upon realizing how lucrative it would be, the Beltron cooperative unlawfully enforced a ban on Earth to eliminate any possible competition. Pataxis was sent to Earth to collect the precursor. The big question is how things will turn out later on Earth.

When prodigy John Sum Lang, age 13, discovered Pataxis, a friendship was born. He departed Earth to bring legal action against the Beltron cooperative for the planet's unjust isolation, and he was successful. Earth received a big payoff. Knowing that other species would be drawn to the large payoff, they built a defence army. The arrival of the Ragundal species on Earth and their proclamation that they intended to make the planet one of their slave worlds sparked the expected outbreak of war.

I congratulate the author for creating such a fantastic book. It was clear that extensive research had been done before this book was written. I appreciate the title of this book because it suggests what will happen in it by implying that Earth has been placed under an embargo. The idea that Earth and other planets shared characteristics like the use of banks, attorneys, and the presence of crime was another thing I enjoyed. The book also demonstrated that greed is not just a human feeling. The illustrations that may be accessed in various chapters were useful in helping me picture the characters. The author did a fantastic job.

A lot of things didn't sit well with me while I read this book. The first one is the fact that I expected the book to centre mostly on Pataxis since it began with his point-of-view, but this wasn't the case. Also, the narrative in some sections of the book moved back and forth between first-person and third-person points of view, thereby affecting my reading. I also had trouble during the fight scenes. I was most unsure of who was losing, whether it was the humans or the Ragandals carrying out the attack, and this affected my overall enjoyment of the book. I'd also love to point out how poor the editing was. It affected my flow while I was reading this book. I think minimizing the book pages would help this book. At some point, I became bored because of the overly descriptive nature of the book. Overall, I would say this is a good book that just needs some finishing touches to become outstanding.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars for the problems I already listed. The author had a way of keeping his audience glued to this book without leaving their seats. I'm in good faith recommending this book to people who enjoy books about extraterrestrial life and science fiction. Note that this book won't be an easy read for a layman because of the ambiguous terms it contains.

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Post by Emmanuel Okotie »

After reading your review, I am tempted to pick up this book to read. However, I am not a fan of science fiction novels that talks about extraterrestrial life.
Your review is captivating and well detailed, I must confess.
Nice work.
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Post by Adaeze Joan »

This book seems like an interesting one but not the type I would enjoy reading. I love sci-fi books, but the ones that is easy to read and understand. Nice review.
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Post by Ronky279 »

Nice review. Although I'm not into reading science books but your review just interest me and I'd like to pick this one up to read. Good job.
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Post by George Baker »

A really good review. Interested in reading this science fiction book and the themes it explores. I appreciate the summary.
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Post by Ruthwriter »

I must say I don't think this type of book will be fine for me. I did not enjoy it at all. but I believe it will be of great interest to others.
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Post by Bri Denzel »

I love to read about extraterrestrial life and the earth in general. This should be a great read, and I love forward to exploring its pages.
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Post by lilianchikasi »

I'm a huge fan of science fiction books but I'm not really into one that focuses more on extraterrestrial life. I do find the cover of the book attractive as I feel it perfectly depicts what the book is about. I enjoyed reading your review.
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Post by Amy Luman »

Science fiction is just about my favorite genre and I would like to know what the author thinks life will be like soon. In addition I enjoy hearing what extraterrestrials think.
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Post by NE_thewriter »

You did a really good job with the summary. I would like to see how the war between the Earth and Ragundal will unfold. Thanks for this review
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Post by Okorji98 »

Science-fiction author Michael Tavis' book Embargo provides an account of extraterrestrial life, Earth, and the strife that surrounds it. Great review.
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