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Magnet (Lacuna Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

David Adams
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

It's 2037. I'm Mike Williams, but you can call me 'Magnet'. Everyone else does. It's short for 'Chick Magnet', which is good old-fashioned military humour at its finest. At age fifteen, my face picked a fight with the propeller of my family's boat, on a shoal near Broome, off Western Australia. It was an accident, but, needless to say, the propeller won.

Twelve years later, I was a not-so-ruggedly-handsome fighter pilot assigned to the TFR Sydney. Not the Captain, or flight leader, or anything similarly exciting. Nobody special, just one mostly-unmemorable pilot among the many nameless, faceless masses.

I'm Magnet. This is the beginning of my story.

A 5500-word story in the Lacuna universe, set during the events of Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi.
Parts of the Lacuna universe:
  • Lacuna
  • Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi
  • Lacuna: The Spectre of Oblivion
  • Lacuna: The Ashes of Humanity (new release!)
  • Lacuna: The Prelude to Eternity (coming soon!)
Don't miss these short stories set in the Lacuna universe:
  • Magnet
  • Magnet: Special Mission
  • Magnet: Marauder
  • Magnet: Scarecrow
  • Magnet Omnibus I (new release!)
  • Imperfect
  • Faith

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 295 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: David Adams; 2 edition (25 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XPIE4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,178 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I've always been weaving tales in my mind... for as long as I've been alive. I have way, way, way too many stories to tell and far too little time to tell them.

I joined UFOP: Starbase 118, a Star Trek roleplay-by-emails group, in 2010 and it was there where I learned my craft. But despite being one of the more active writers in the group and simming to my heart's content, I still couldn't tell all the stories I wanted to. It was only in 2011 that I actually started shaping and weaving those random, jumbling, chaotic masses of thoughts into coherent narratives and began self-publishing.

It's now 2012. By day I'm a software engineer... but by night I write a little science fiction, a little fantasy, a little humour and comedy, and a few other things all over the place.

Life is good now... and I think it's going to get better.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A. Hunt
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'Magnet' follows a space fighter pilot of the same name on his first brief and traumatic foray in to space combat with the 'Toralii', the alien menace in the Lacuna universe. The story is written with a heavy military theme; the characters' nicknames, interactions and outlook all have a strong sense of barracks humour. The story is too brief to give much more than glimpse into the world that the author has created in his novels, but it is not a bad little read.

For the most part it is reasonably well written, though there are a few proofreading quibbles, but they don't detract too much from the story overall. I found at times that the author was a little over-reliant on current military technology in descriptions, it being a sci-fi set in the future. One particular occasion where a 'wasp' space fighter was described as looking 'something like a F-4 Phantom' just came across as lazy. Unless you happen to know what a Phantom looks like this isn't all that helpful and it wouldn't have taken many lines to avoid having to make the comparison at all.

The characters were for the most part believable and likable enough, being well fleshed out for a short story. The main protagonist, 'Magnet', at times came across as a little confused. At one point he was fondly remembering a hooker, whose business card he had kept, then moments later thinking about how much he loved his girlfriend. It maybe this is meant to convey the character's relatively loose morals, but it jarred a little when read.

Overall this is a readable little short story that gives a brief glimpse in to the universe the author has created in other books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hanging by the seat of your pants 10 May 2014
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Quite as gripping story, a bit short, I had no longer started reading it when I came to the end, but all said and done, a very good story.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Life's too short 20 Oct 2013
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Even given the fact it was free on kindle, this (very) short story was simply unbelievably bad. They should pay you to read it (and edit, correct etc as is badly needed).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing introduction! 20 May 2012
By WilliamVW - Published on Amazon.com
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This story was my first experience with David Adams's writing, and I can tell you, the first thing I thought during the reading was, "OK, this is pretty good military SF!" Magnet (short for chick magnet) is the protagonist's nickname, and we find him smack in the middle of his first dogfight.

I won't tell you the plot because, well, there isn't much of a plot. Magnet is in a skirmish, and he gets into deep, life-threatening trouble. The "help" from his fellow fighters, armed with a much larger craft, only makes things worse. There's a lot of action and tension, but it's not a "story" in the sense of there being a plot or character arc. Rather, "Magnet" is more of a glimpse into the Lacuna universe that Adams has created. You could think of it as a teaser. By the time you're done, you know (and like) the character. You understand some of his personal stakes. And you start to see the predicament that Earth is in, having had 50 million people in three major cities wiped out by aliens. Magnet is part of a much larger situation that, by the time you finish this story, you may not completely grasp, but you leave anxious to know more.

That's the point. For 99 cents, you get a bit of fun adventure, but mostly you get to see if you like Adams's writing and his world. I did, and I'm now excited to dig into his novels.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Larrikin in space 3 Jun 2012
By Anni - Published on Amazon.com
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Mike (Magnet) Williams is an Air/Space Force pilot. The Magnet short story is a look into his world - a world of the future in which aliens have detected the new technologies developed on earth.
There isn't a developed story here so much as a window. Magnet has been hit by the aliens (Toralii) and must make a decision to save his life. Life hasn't been too kind to him in the past, but now he has everything to live for.
I'm giving this story 5 stars for voice - the voice of Magnet comes across loud and strong as the knockabout Australian without too much more on his mind than his girlfriend and fighting the Toralii. He takes everything in his stride and lives completely in the moment. His descriptions of everything are offhand and accepting, which suits the character. Magnet jumped off the page as a real person.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnet Review 3 Jun 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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When reading this short story Adams put me inside Magnet's personality. I understood both Magnet's current predicament and his history. The use of humour was restrained and effective. Adams has done his research as the technical aspects were simply and clearly explained. This character appears in The Sands Of Karathi and it was pleasing to know him already - like meeting an old friend but seeing him from another's eyes. I am looking forward to Adams' next offering with considerable impatience.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good intro to the main story 7 Jan 2013
By david stowers - Published on Amazon.com
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I like Adams' writing style - very readable, very believable. The military jargon sounds right (I have no idea if it is correct or not, but it fits well). The Magnet character is a good one, and easy to care about. After reading this short, I immediately purchased the follow-up story. I've read three of this author's short stories (they were free when I got them), and they've provided enough introduction to his Lacuna Universe and his writing style that I'm buying the main books in his series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff David! 2 Jun 2012
By The Critic - Published on Amazon.com
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A really good story, David! I liked it a lot for its imagery, pace and cinematic feel. Nice touch about the boat accident at Broome, WA - did the story have its genesis during our boating trips around Darwin Harbour when you were a kid? I love how you tie in your life experiences to these stories. This story is a little taste of the Lacuna novels you have written and like a sip of fine champagne, you just want to have a bit more! Looking forward to the third in the trilogy.Magnet (PG-13 Edition) (Lacuna Short Stories)
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