Friday, August 10, 2012

The Icarus Files by Laurie Grove

The Icarus Files by Laurie Grove

An Earthbound science fiction adventure that weaves a tale over five thousand years in the making.

Across the galaxy, and through the millennia, a secret is kept that would shake the very foundations of humanity. On another sweeping tendril of the Milky Way, a race of advanced telepaths imprisoned on a space station uncover The Icarus Files and the key to their salvation: a tiny rift in time and space, which unlocks the past, as well as the future, of two worlds.

When James Beckum, our hero from SETI, gets wind of a mysterious craft, and a secluded landing site, he can hear his destiny calling. Determined to make his mark in history, Beckum escapes his ordered life as a desk jockey, and sets out on his greatest adventure.

(A medium sized novel, 100,000 words - approx. 350 print pages)

I found The Icarus Files to be an enjoyable read. In a good way, I was a bit caught off guard that life as depicted in a "period piece" from as recently as the early 90s could have changed so much in so short a time (for instance characters communicating with pen and paper and only using land lines and pay phones). I found that a source of constant light amusement. The novel was well written and the pages and chapters seemed, for the most part, to fly by.
The main focus of the plot is about extraterrestrials. Yet, it was not overly formulaic, and in spite of numerous related topics which have in recent years become cliché, the author handled them in a refreshing way and largely avoided the worst offenses of so many of the genre.
This novel is a mixture of a number of interesting concurrent subplots, each of which evolved seemingly independently until they all came together towards the stories climax. (The way this was handled commendably avoided being choppy). The book is filled with characters which seem ripe for further development, and I would love to find out more about them. Could this be the first part of an eventual trilogy? Given the high quality of Ms. Grove's first effort, I would encourage her to continue, and welcome her as a delightful new sci-fi author. (By M. Sodos)