"This proves science fiction can be fun"
Radiologist Dr. Stephen Swain and his elementary school
aged daughter Holly are in their Long Island home relaxing
after a day at the hospital and school respectfully.
However, aliens feel the widower will make a good
participant in their cross species death contest based on
Stephen's efforts that ended a violent problem. The ETs
teleport Stephen and Holly to the New York 42nd Street
Public Library to play in a deadly game of survivor.
The rules are simple: win or die. Seven species will
compete until only one is left standing to confront the
Karandon, a killing machine who has carved up the library
security guard. Escape is impossible as a deadly
electrical field encloses the building and immovable wrist
bands will incinerate any of the contestants. Let the
The reader needs to move past technologically advanced
aliens hosting deadly games sort of like an intergalactic
Roman Forum (and several other questionable actions). If
the reader can pass that critical go, the story line packs
quite a wallop as the taut action leads to the audience
rooting for the home team. Somewhat mindful of a Kirk Star
Trek show (see "The Gamesters of Triskelion" episode),
readers who relish action to the nth degree will join the
ultimate survivor CONTEST, but with a galaxy of skepticism
along for the ride.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 12, 2003