Transport: Death Mission by Phillip P. Peterson #BookReview

Title: Transport: Death Mission | Series: Transport #1 | Author: Phillip P. Peterson | Pub. Date: 2016-9-28 | Pages: 268 | ASIN: B01M0Y9LRU | Genre: Science Fiction | Language: English (Originally published in German) | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited

Transport: Death Mission

“Transport? Transport to where, Sir?” “Possibly straight to hell.”

An extraterrestrial object is discovered off the coast of California; a sphere that transports people to other solar systems. Death-row inmate Russell Harris and nine other convicts are given the chance to save their own lives by agreeing to travel as test subjects on the transporter. But when the first volunteer dies a gruesome death, it becomes clear to Russell and his comrades that the venture is little more than a merciless death mission on which they will all perish. Their only chance of survival is to uncover the secret of the mysterious object, but that too seems hopeless – because no trace of the transporter’s constructors can be found

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Transport: Death Mission Review

My understanding of Transport: Death Mission is that it was originally published in German, and then translated into English. I feel like maybe there was something lost in translation because Transport: Death Mission was almost really good. It was definitely entertaining, and managed to successfully hook my attention enough that I sat down and read it in one sitting. But part of that, I think, is because I’m a Stargate: SG 1 fan. And while this doesn’t exactly have an alien joining the team from the get-go, you are going to feel the Stargate vibes. It’s not a bad thing. The nostalgia is most likely what kept me reading.

The set up for Transport: Death Mission is fairly simple. It’s a new America, with a President that has somehow managed to push the death penalty to the point where almost everything will get you shot in the head. A few men (and one woman) are given the choice to avoid the death penalty by going on missions that will probably kill them anyways. Some are good, some are bad, and it’s obvious which is which from the beginning. There’s not a lot of subtlety in Transport. It’s not really a story with subplots and multiple layers.Sometimes that’s not a bad thing, though.

I liked the author’s imagination. Some of the situations that he puts the ‘volunteers’ in  during the course of Transport: Death Mission are pretty gruesome. And some of them are just as awesome. There were worlds that I wanted to know more about,and more than once where things did not go as I expected. Things got rolling extremely quickly, and that pace held up pretty well for most of the book. There is a bit of language, but nothing terribly offensive. There is one scene that might be triggering for people who have experienced sexual harassment where the woman wakes up to discover one of the bad guys in her bedroom, jerking off while watching her sleep.

The only thing in Transport that I didn’t particularly care for was the ending. It felt like a cop-out. On one hand, it wrapped things up nicely enough that you don’t have any real need to keep with the series. On the other, though, it was such a H.E.A., good guys save the day, type ending that it could easily evoke eye-rolls.

All in all, really not a bad book, and well-written enough that even though I could identify it didn’t read quite right, I still wanted to keep reading. Transport: Death Mission is imaginative sci-fi fluff. Definitely good for passing a few hours at night when you don’t want to work your brain too hard.

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