Top critical review
I enjoyed this story
5 August 2017
I enjoyed this story. It is not the usual alien invasion plot, but reads more like a Tom Clancy cloak and dagger. The main protagonists have to work to thwart the alien plans clandestinely, because to bring evidence to the proper authorities would immediately reveal to the alien AI eavedroppers that their cover had been blown which would lead to a catastrophic reaction.
However, the human characters were not very interesting and with the exception of Alaya, not much was revealed about them. They mainly serve to move the plot along. The alien characters, in the form of alien personalities implanted into the humanoid androids in the advance party were much more interesting, bringing their own political and racial prejudices. Add to that, that they possessed superhuman strength and powers, and it sets the scene for some spectacular fight scenes between individual androids and human military forces. Somehow though, their alieness is kept hidden from the authorities.
I felt there was a little too much detail, for example, many pages explaining how the team modified and tested a deep scanner or modified plating on missiles, was a little too much. Also the invention of a UK type 47 destroyer with ship to space missiles stretches credulity a bit as does the notion that these androids could pass for human under both social and medical interaction.
Nevertheless, a gripping story with some real gory fight scenes if you like that.