Title: Solar Warden
Author: Peter Fuller
Genre: Science Fiction, Military Science Fiction
US Air Force combat pilot Colonel Steve Richardson suffers a severe head injury when his F-35 crashes in the mountains of northern Afghanistan. With help too far away, death appears imminent. When an unusual craft appears and rescues him, Richardson is convinced he's hallucinating. It conveys him to a massive spaceship in orbit, where he is treated for his wounds. Once he recovers from his injuries, Richardson is introduced to a covert space force called "Solar Warden." This secret space program utilizes futuristic technology to defend the earth against a paranormal alien threat intent on destroying the earth's inhabitants. When Richardson joins the program, he learns that his new comrades are losing the conflict. Can he learn to operate technology half a century ahead of what he has been trained for in time to be an asset? Or will he become just another casualty in an interstellar war?
This is the finest sci/fi book I have ever read. From the first page on, this book is a page-turner of the first-rate. I literally didn't want to put it down and needed to see what was going to happen next.
The author brings readers up to speed with complete understanding in a brilliant fashion. The CAG has to explain to the new recruit exactly what the Solar Warden program is and what is going on. In doing so, the reader gets the necessary explanations that make reading this book seamlessly. There is no need for a boring premise...the author creates the story to draw the reader in.
There are a lot of comparables here to several parts of the story. There is more than a little Sands of Iwo Jima - you follow the training intensely before intense combat. There are parts Matrix and parts Star Trek TNG. None of these parts are bad. This book has no flaws at all.
The only issue I had was as I was binge reading, I saw I was getting closer to the end of the book and that made me more than a little sad! The lead character - Scarecrow - is beyond fantastic. An airman who may have issues but those issues actually make him an incredible pilot. The snakeheads will rue the day Scarecrow's F-35 crashed.
The action scenes had me cheering aloud. The conflicts, drama, and suspense all make this book incredible.
I was a little disappointed that there will be a part two because I am old school and love a one and done that is done this well.
If I could, I would give this book 5,000 stars. I recommend this book to every single person on the planet. This should be made into a series or a movie. Simply one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure to read. Buy this book.
My Rating: 5++ stars
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Peter Fuller worked in the Military History Department of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for eight years. He has studied military history for decades, written numerous articles and lectured at major museums and universities on the subject of military history. He has also been a regular panelist at NORWESCON since 2017. He has studied the UFO phenomenon since grade school. He is a member of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), and has had a few “close encounters” of his own. Most recently, he interviewed the son of a United States military officer about his late father's work on several special access projects for the secret space program.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N