Earth is rocked by an alarming alien attack on Tehran, Sydney, and Beijing that kills five million people. The only message given for the attack: never again attempt to develop this kind of technology. It can only mean one thing – the “jump drives” in development to allow man to travel faster than the speed of light through various points in space. Chinese Naval Captain Melissa Liao survives the attack on Sidney, and is given command of one of three great warships to fight these “demons” that have committed this unprovoked attack on Earth. Her mission is simple: find out who the attackers are, why they attacked, and stop them from attacking again.
Lacuna is a well written and fast paced novel. I especially like the female protagonist, Melissa Liao, who is a strong, capable, intelligent woman. Best of all, she’s likable. I wouldn’t mind working under her command, because she is a determined and inspiring leader. In fact, most of the characters in this novel are people you can well relate to, even Summer Rowe, the intelligent yet foul mouthed (and often annoying) Engineer. They have their quirks, but when it comes right down to it, these characters have character and deliver.
The plot is also intriguing. The combination of new technology combined with an alien threat is a fascinating mixture that keeps you wondering if humanity will succeed in getting their ships launched before the aliens return – and holding your breath when they show up much sooner than expected. The book is fast paced, but not so fast that you get exhausted, or that it’s difficult to keep up. In fact, the pacing of the story is perfect. There’s plenty of suspense, mixed with slower parts that show plot and character development that prepare you for the next suspenseful moment.
I enjoyed Lacuna, and will consider a return to the series once my Indie Author Summer is complete. The next book on my Indie Author Summer list is Classified as Crime, a mystery novel by Valerie Goldsilk.