Friday, July 14, 2017

The Ghost Line, by Andrew Neil Gray and J.S. Herbison

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(SF Thriller) Saga and her husband help a client take over a mothballed luxury spaceship between Earth and Mars. There’s something the client isn’t telling them, though. Something deadly. (28,863 words; Time: 1h:36m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

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Pro: Saga solves the mystery and saves her husband (and the solar system) at the cost of her own identity.

There’s plenty of tension in this one, especially towards the end up to the point where Saga gets transformed. And, of course, it’s lots of fun speculating on what’s going on in the early parts as the mystery gets deeper and deeper.

Con: The biggest problem with the story is the deus ex machina ending. Once Saga gets infected by the alien organism, she’s suddenly all-powerful. All problems are solved with her godlike powers.

Beyond that, we don’t bond with any of the characters. The scene where Michel has eaten the sandwich because he can’t leave her ought to be powerfully moving, but it’s not.

Wei is simply annoying, and her behavior keeps breaking suspension of disbelief.

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