The Saucer vs. Saucer dogfight was well thought out, and the descriptions of the inevitable chase were pretty good, but lacked believability at times as the larger saucer flew through the streets of New York without ground damage.
The ‘feel’ of the novel was one of a light read without much depth or substance. Basically a story about a man who found a powerful new weapon and wants to force the world into a single, united population, ruled by him for the benefit of all mankind. Sounds familiar…
- Advanced technology is introduced to the reader with an assortment of background and scientific theory to allow you to believe it could be real, or even exist today.
- The hit-and-miss romance between Charley and Rip move progressively throughout the novel, with them both considering the possibilities of getting together. This romance does not interfere at all with the main storyline, and adds to it significantly when one of them is kidnapped.
- There is a ‘dogfight’ between two flying saucers on the moon that was very believable and when the dogfight resumed on, or rather over Earth, the author used well-known landmarks in the USA to give you a sense of credibility to the fight.
- There was an anti-gravity weapon built covertly on the moon, on a French-built moonbase. The weapon has its power leads reversed causing it to repel from the lunar surface until it broke the power connections. At that point it came crashing back down destroying the weapon by breaking it into many pieces. Considering that the moon’s gravity is so low, it was not made clear how only several hundred feet of height could completely demolish such a larger device when it landed back on the moon. It didn’t make sense.
- A scientist that had stolen technology from the saucer from the 1947 Roswell crash developed a serum to stop aging. Once his supply was taken, he immediately began to age drastically and died within days. It seemed like that contradicted what was told to us about how the serum only stopped the aging process, and then it was expected that the normal aging would restart, at least that was how it seemed it would be.
- The editing of this novel was not up to our standards, as there were at least ten spelling errors that even a rudimentary spell-check program should have caught. But the interesting part of that issue is that the majority of the errors were in the last few chapters. It was as if the proofreader was getting a little tired of his job.