Title : Networked
Series : Argo Series, Book #2
Author : Claire Russett
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Science fiction
Length : 200 pages (e-book)
Published : March 6, 2013
Major Duncan Harris is a Union soldier serving aboard the space station Argo, leading one of the station’s exploratory teams. He is quiet, reserved, and has sworn off any personal relationships since his last one ended messily. Besides, working closely with various team members makes him uncomfortable.
One of Argo’s engineers, Dr. Christophe Vabre, recently started serving on Duncan’s team. Chris is slowly getting to know Duncan, but Duncan seems determined to keep him at arm’s length, and his mixed messages confuse Chris. When, on one of their missions, they discover a piece of technology that allows people to share their thoughts, Chris never imagines he’ll use it with Duncan—or that the machine will reveal the depth of Duncan’s true emotions.
Duncan is horrified to find himself not only sharing his feelings but forcing Chris to reciprocate his advance. Mortified, he flees Chris’s lab—but before Duncan can discover the truth, an attack on Argo forces the station to evacuate. He and Chris will have to team up one more time if they want to save their home.
Typically when I get a book I don’t enjoy or I feel has significant flaws I’m not inclined to publicly list those flaws. A lack of reviews for a book speaks more than one scathing review can, but sometimes I have to speak up. Networked, by Claire Russett, has me speaking up. The premise was good. A classic science-fiction trope with intrepid explorers on a science vessel setting out in teams to meet new species and cultures. They manage to get their hands on some alien technology which wreaks some havoc but also manages to save the day. Yeah, it’s a deus ex machina ending, but should still be a good story. In Networked the piece of alien technology allows the characters to not only read each other’s minds but harness the energy of the mind and use it to power a space station. Okay, I’m willing to suspend my disbelief to allow for mind reading tech. Then things go wildly off the rails.
I’m tempted to go into a long winded description of brain function, but really all I need to say is the climax of the book had the main characters creating something from nothing. I think Claire Russett has the ability to write a decent book, but this is not it. If you’re going to write science-fiction learn science. It’s not the flexible “loosey-goosey” part of the story.
Rated 2 stars by Faye