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Magnet: Special Mission (Lacuna Book 4)

Magnet: Special Mission (Lacuna Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

David Adams
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Pro tip: Never volunteer for anything. That's the first thing they told me in flight school.

It's 2037. I'm Mike Williams, but you can call me 'Magnet', and I'm a fighter pilot on the TFR Sydney. Our flight leader, Iron, has a mission: Volunteer only. It's the usual gig. High risk, lots of unknowns, an opportunity to make history or die trying. Hopefully the former, but sometimes it's a little of column A, a little of column B, you know?

The mission's going a to place no Human's been, hoping to earn ourselves some desperately needed allies. Pretty simple on paper. Fly out to a rendezvous at a distant world, pick up an alien and take him to his blushing bride.

Although, come to think of it, I don't know if psychotic waist-high reptilians can blush.

A 13,700-word story in the Lacuna universe, set after the events of Magnet but suitable for reading as a stand-alone story.

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 322 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: David Adams; 1 edition (22 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009FIS4TW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD SIDE STORY 2 Dec 2013
By john h
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This is, as the title, a good side storg to the Lacuna series. There ae succesive 'Magnet' stories so thks is a good precurser, although paying the small price for a small story perhals ought to be free, with the cost on the next stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three lines in and Im hooked 19 Dec 2012
By Ann Meehan - Published on
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It was really great, grabbed me straight away ... I want MORE :) I really need a whole novel of Magnet pleaseXXX
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnet: Special Mission 14 Dec 2012
By cv - Published on
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A great short story, space, aliens, strong women and even stronger men. It's a good thing that the story was short because it's one of those that ya just can't put down till your done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great short Lacuna story 14 Jan 2013
By david stowers - Published on
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I've read four Lacuna stories now, and I've rated them all as 5s. David Adams tells compelling stories in a very readable writing style. The short stories are a great introduction to his Lacuna universe and are very enjoyable. The main character in this story, nicknamed "Magnet," is a very likable fellow and one that you quickly come to care about. I'd recommend Magnet's special mission to any of my friends who enjoy science fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Writing, Great Character Voice 30 Sep 2012
By Shane Murray - Published on
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*** Disclaimer ***
I am a friend of the author and was an alpha reader for this novella. That said, I was not paid for my help and in no way what so ever do I financially benefit from sales of this book.
*** /Disclaimer ***

I enjoyed this piece. The first Magnet is one of my favorite stories by Adams, and Magnet: Special Mission is a worthy follow up. After reading this in the alpha stage I was really impressed by how well it came out in the final version, especially in regards the voice of Magnet, the main character.

Setting: 3/5. The concept is based around a near future Earth that has been attacked by aliens, the Toralii, after humanity developed some new toys. Nothing about the setting really wows me, and it is reasonably generic sci-fi, but hey, have to set the story somewhere. The military side of the sci-fi in this story was done well. I enjoyed the chatter among the people on the ship, talking using real world military phrases, it helped ground me in the world.

Plot: 4/5. The plot is reasonably straight forward, but considering the length of the work that is to be expected. The main character, Magnet, and some fellow soldiers have to escort an alien male to his wedding, as it will help humanity forge an alliance with this race against the Toralii. One thing that I really liked about this plot was how it starts and ends in the same place, like coming full circle. The ending was satisfying.

Characters: 4/5. With limited page count, I think the author did a really good job of introducing the cast, and made them characters unique enough to remember despite introducing about half a dozen characters early.

Suspension of Disbelief: 5/5. I had no problem believing what was going on, despite some of the technology used. The character decisions also well justified and believable.

Pacing: 4.5/5. I didn't get bored. Even the scenes without action were interesting and carried the story well. In fact, I think the slower parts of the story, such as the opening scene and some of the chatter over coms on the ship, were actually my favorite parts.

Voice: 5/5. This is written in first person, and as with the last work Magnet really steals the show. Magnet's voice is definitely the strongest among any characters Adams has created so far. There were no head hoping of POV problems that I could see.

Prose: 4/5. The prose was well written, and tied in well with the main character's voice. Some good lines in there. Not sure if it will win a poetry competition, but a few turns of phrase did catch my eye.

Typos/Bad Grammar: 5/5. No Issues here.

In summary Magnet: 4/5. Special Mission is a good read, and a must read for fans of the Magnet short story. Despite its short length it is a well paced and character driven story with a good sense of resolution at the end. For the few bucks it costs it was well worth the entertainment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Short Read 24 Sep 2012
By Duncan Haldane - Published on
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Firstly, let me state that I know the author personally.

I've read all of David's Lacunaverse stories so far, and enjoyed them all. Light weight, and a reasonably quick read, but still fun and worthwhile. This picks up where the first Magnet story left off, and left me wanting more.

Magnet (short for Chick Magnet), is a pilot on the "Sydney", who volunteers for a special mission, taking him and the crew to somewhere mankind has never been before.

It's good to see sci fi where the non-humans don't seem to be... human.

If you've enjoyed the other stories (novels and short stories) in the Lacunaverse, then you should get this. If you haven't read any of them yet, then get started!
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