Genre: science fiction
Length: 320 pages
Setting: the Earth, near future
Summary: Colin MacIntyre is an astronaut on a mission to map the gravity field of the moon when he is captured by a tractor beam and pulled into the moon. Turns out the moon was replaced by a giant Fourth Imperium battleship. It was deserted millennia ago when the original crew mutinied and has since repaired itself after damages sustained during the mutiny. However, it cannot fulfill its overriding command (to kill the mutineers) without help. Colin is chose as that help since his equipment would have discovered the ship anyways. When he gets back to Earth, he finds a group of Imperials that regretted participating in the mutiny and have been working against the leader of the mutiny since they landed on Earth. With the help of some Terrans and the sympathetic mutineers, Colin leads a successful strike against the Imperials.
Final thoughts: An enjoyable, if highly predictable story. For example, when we meet one of the younger Imperials, she took an immediate dislike to Colin. So, I knew she was destined to be Colin’s love interest, with her distrust slowly replaced by grudging admiration for his abilities as a leader. There’s some exciting big battles between the forces of good and evil with the good guys winning with only light casualties by the end.
I did find the setup for the main action interesting. The Imperials were responsible for all the stories of gods in human history, plus the source of the big wars. There is a larger thread for the series that drives the action forward – an alien race known to wipe out any civilization it finds is moving into our galaxy and Earth is on the front line of annihilation. They will need the help of the Fourth Imperium if humanity is to survive.
Title comes from: The moon was long ago replaced by a spaceship and Earth was populated by its crew that was forced to flee during a mutiny.
Reading challenges fulfilled: my last book (#98) for the year
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