The Origin of F.O.R.C.E. : The first scout ships of the Chrysallaman Empire made contact in 1947. Their mission was simple: find a suitable planet for colonization. Earth—HG-281—was the perfect target. Rich with land, minerals, and water, the blue planet could boast only of a primitive race of defenders known as Humans, bugs who could be easily squashed by the might of a single Chrysallaman’s mind. When one of the scout ships is unexpectedly brought down, the advance party is forced to return to their home planet 30 light-years away to report and regroup. In their wake, they left behind a broken ship, dead crew members, and a young alien boy who would grow to become one of Earth’s greatest assets—and her greatest ally.
The lizard-like aliens would be back, and in force. Mankind must prepare a strategy capable of defending against not only superior technology, but superior psychic ability and strength. It will take an elite group of military personnel, brilliant scientists, a sombrero-wearing alien, and another generation to plant the seeds that will grow into a World Wide Defense, the likes of which the Chrysallamans have never known. – Goodreads
The Origin of F.O.R.C.E. Review
The Roswell/Area 51 crash was real. The government knows aliens will be coming back, and they have a limited amount of time to prepare humanity for it. When it comes to racing against the clock, humanity thrives. Their mission is clear, they have the funds, and they’ll do whatever they have to do.
The Origin of F.O.R.C.E. wasn’t nearly as good as it was capable of being. It was hampered by over-the-top dialogue, exaggerated descriptions, and a few pieces of science that did not feel believable. The main scientist was so bad as to be a caricature. That’s never a good thing. I found myself rolling my eyes whenever he was ‘on screen’ for basically any length of time. I found it funny that I could completely accept heat ray guns, but the basic stuff listed had me banging my head against a wall.
For example: It’s believable that we can alter human physiology with gene therapy, but not so much that it can happen within 24 hours. That’s the part that made me go “Erm… I’m not sure that’s possible.” And I know, I know…. I’m reading a science fiction book. I shouldn’t quibble over small stuff like this. But, see, especially when the story starts not too far into our past, and is forwarded through a history we’re familiar with on the outside, it’s important to maintain a certain believable level throughout. Another example: I’m fine with Whatsit, but don’t tell me a person can eat 20 lbs of food in a normal sitting.
With those errors corrected, though, The Origin of F.O.R.C.E could be an amazing book. It’s already a page turner as is . The pacing is nice and the characters are interesting. The plot is nothing new, but anyone can appreciate a good alien invasion story every now and then. I quite enjoyed watching everything unfold. The time span was interesting, and I liked how the author kept us involved in everyone’s lives without going overboard.
Overall, it’s definitely worth a read. I’d just like to see it tidied up a bit.
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