Alex is both a space explorer and a space tug captain, harvesting ice asteroids for water-starved human outposts - but his prime motivation is curiosity and a drive to uncover new technology from space. So when he encounters a derelict alien ship, his first impulse is to board it to see what can be harvested for profit and new discoveries - but when he encounters surviving aliens, this isn't the least of his worries.
Although their technology is hundreds of years ahead of the dying Earth colonies, they've succumbed to a strange silver alien ship: and if they were unable to combat it despite their advanced equipment, how will humans stand a chance when the ship comes for them?
The Silver Ships is the first of a projected four-part series, so its follow-ups depend on the reception of this series opener - which, given its intriguing concepts, should be positive. There are solid protagonists and a loner in the form of leader Alex, alien encounters are believable and involving, there's a mystery involving advanced technology and a silver ship's powers, and added attention is given to political involvements and social settings. Add a dash of romance and a lot of intrigue and you have an engrossing saga.
There are several prerequisites for appreciating Jucha's approach, here. The first is an affinity for the adventure-packed format that defines the sub-genre of 'space opera', which eschews political intricacy in favor of involving descriptions and action less bogged down in minute futuristic detail and more filled with compelling drama (and, that's a hallmark of the genre as well as an appealing attribute of this book). The second is an ability to appreciate a pretty straightforward world that well supports its characters and action. The third is an ability to appreciate a rollicking good adventure story.
The purpose of The Silver Ships isn't to shock and awe with intricacy: it's to provide its audience with an entertaining read that documents a close encounter of another kind. Its pairing of action and adventure with believable protagonists and settings contribute to a sci-fi read that is, plain and simple, a good, solid, entertaining read....Continua