Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Review - Pale Boundaries by Scott Cleveland

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3.5 out of 5 stars

This novel revolves around Terson Reilly, a bit of a misfit, his girl Virene, and their probation officer, Bragg Maalan.  Terson finds himself transported to the planet Nivia where foreigners are openly disliked and the environmental laws are strictly enforced to the point of fanaticism.  On more than one occasion Bragg helps both Terson and Virene out of tight spots with the law saving them from seeing the inside of a jail cell.

When Terson and Virene go to the aid of a spacecraft that crashes into the sea near their romantic island hideaway, they unwittingly become involved in something that is bigger than either of them could have imagined.  Even Bragg has no idea initially that they have fallen on the “wrong” side of the FAMILY, a mafia type organization.  This sets up the scenario for non-stop action throughout the rest of book. 

I found that sometimes this author switches between plot lines too many times and with lots of different characters without any transition and I struggle to come back up to speed with what has happened earlier.  It was a bit jarring.  It is perhaps the reason why this was not one of my favorite books.  Don’t get me wrong, it is a well-written, action-packed story that most readers will enjoy, but for me, the book fell just a bit short. 

I have no problem though recommending this book to fans who enjoy action and science fiction rolled into one.