Friday, March 16, 2018

Book Review of Earth to Centauri: Alien Hunt

A few months back I read "Earth to Centauri: The First Journey" the first installment in Captain Anara - Antriksh series by Kumar L. I was fascinated by the level of sci-fi novel upgraded by Kumar L in Indian literature. In the genre of sci-fi or space fiction, Indian lacks quality and quantity of books Kumar L can fill that gap. Reading second book "Alien Hunt" was a treat for me.


Book blurb
The year is 2118. The first journey from Earth into interstellar space has been successful, but the explosive secret carried aboard the probe Voyager 1 will have grave consequences.
As Captain Anara and her crew return to Earth aboard their spaceship, Antariksh, civil war breaks out in the world they have just left behind. A cryptic message warns her of the dispatch of mercenaries to Earth. Their mission - unknown but deadly. She may have just days to prevent the outbreak of an interstellar war which would bring unimaginable carnage to Earth. 
Her crew and the National Investigation Agency, engage in the greatest undercover search for the mercenaries in the streets of the megacity. As they race against time to uncover the plot, a traitor is unmasked, and Anara herself comes under suspicion. She must use every ounce of her resourcefulness to protect thirty million people and one unique, innocent life.
Immerse yourself in an edge of the seat techno-thriller on a realistic future Earth and geek out on the technology just a few decades away from today.
The last part ended with captain Anara leaving HuZryss with Joe & Lucy. They were coming back to Earth after a long journey. Unknown to them TruKifs went to an extream and started rebelling against Discat - RyHiza. TruKifs made a powerful weapon and a spaceship to attack the earth. Captain Anara's team got this warning message while they were still on the way to earth. On reaching earth she explained the situation to authorities.

Soon, the extraterrestrial terrorist entered the earth. Their plan was to leave an impact so strong that humans never thought of going back to HyZryss. Being an alien they took help of a human. A traitor was in for personal gain. I would recommend you to read the series to know what will happen to earth.

The writing style of Kuma is plain and straightforward. Where the first volume was more explanatory for the initial building block for series. This part is more filled with an action thriller. The author has tried to make readers visualize the futuristic world with advanced technologies & gadgets. He has thought about 70-80% scenarios as per future technologies.

I found some flaws in the plot
  • Suspense behind Biw. Can't explain exact details as I don't want to give spoilers
  • TrueKiff spaceship hidden on the dark side of the moon. But in the first part, it was discussed that human has already colonized the moon. So how come no one has seen a spaceship landing on the dark side of the moon
  • Tej was shown as an intelligent agent. They how come she did blunder of using Prana protocol when she knew target cannot be reached
  • Terrorist's easy entry & exit to the underground city of Shivaji Nagar
  • Terrorist used tons of earthen technology in traitor's absence
Well, it doesn't mean I didn't like the book, I just became more a fan who scrutinize plot in detail. You can find many such plots in Star Trek or Star Wars as well. In short, I liked the book and I am already a fan of captain Anara series.

Talking about ratings
  1. Cover - 4/5
  2. Content - 3.5/5
  3. Character - 3.5/5
  4. Overall - 4/5
Book can be found at Amazon
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads

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