Project Amber ISBN: 9780987619815, speculative, suspenseful, sci-fi, intergalactic e-book by Carl Lakeland.
Plot: Angel (earlier Angelique), a journalist for the Empire Networks, Australia, is preparing to interview the American Secretary of State, finds a way around the delayed timeline insisted upon by her and asks why that country’s nuclear aircraft carrier insisted on entering Australian waters when they had been notified two weeks before that it had not been cleared by their Nuclear Safety Commission. The Secretary walks out, the action goes viral, the Prime Minister secretly is pleased and the story begins to unfold around a plot purportedly engineered by The Guardianship Group – former top military and other officials of numerous countries – that settled into the Outback area of Australia with the project ‘Amber’ to destroy humanity. From this point a complexly twisted plot unfolds including Angel, her close friend Jenny, secret guardian/mentor Nathan, ‘foster’ mother Maggie and several other characters as they attempt to avoid earth’s destruction.
Discussion: The book’s opening and following twenty to thirty percent appeared to be offering a most interesting thriller – a strong intelligent woman with a tragic childhood in Alice Springs (about forty-fifty miles into Northern Territory and centrally placed) now in a prominent journalistic position championing a cause. Unfortunately we learn little about her, except that she is lesbian, but open to a possible male relationship, and suddenly with no explanation or evidence of seeming adequate abilities, inclination or introductory training, enters the Australian specialized anti-terrorism training and is assigned as a leading member of the task force fighting Amber. The book’s action is almost non-stop, the lesbian aspect is not emphasized and the sci-fi/alien aspects will appeal to many. Regrettably, there is too much unexplained material with respect to purpose or reason for much of the activity, too little characterization to provide credibility for their performance and too many questions left unanswered for this reader to enjoy an otherwise interesting scenario.
Conclusion: Well-written, interesting, complex, fast action plot unfortunately flawed for this reader, as described.
3* Interesting fast action plot unfortunately flawed for this reader.