'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.