Prisoners of Power Paperback – 28 Jul 1983
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The novel tells the story of Maxim who is 20 years old and a member of the Independent Reconnaissance Unit. What that entails is not all that clear or important. The book starts with him having to crash land on a planet which turns out to be a fairly grim place where the human population has survived nuclear wars but the landscape is strewn with the remnants of military activity. There is a repressive and evil regime in power (perhaps a bit like the Soviet Union used to be?)
I wondered at times whether it would (in typical genre manner) turn out that this planet was really Earth and Maxim was an Alien but that would be a bit simplistic for these writers. Maxim is considerably more advanced than present day man but is a bit green.. He seems to get swept up in events and things happen to him rather than he making things happen.
It is a readable book and uses action to keep the plot moving but says a bit more about the human condition than the average SF novel.