Little Green Men is a tribute to the works of Philip K. Dick, hailing back to classic science fiction stories of the 1950s.
The crew of the Dei Gratia set down on a frozen planet and are attacked by little green men. Chief Science Officer David Michaels struggles with the impossible situation unfolding around him as the crew are murdered one by one. With the engines offline and power fading, he races against time to understand this mysterious threat and escape the planet alive.
©2013 Peter Cawdron (P)2013 Peter Cawdron
It ranks highly, but I prefer series because I get bummed out when a really good book ends
Little Green Men was an imaginative and unexpected first contact story. Cawdron leads a merry chase that goes pretty deep for such a short piece of work.
He initially pulls us in to an extraterrestrial monster story. It appears to be a pretty typical action adventure tale until he decides to turn it on it's head. Everything that you think just happened goes sideways. The transition is as jarring for the reader as it must be for the characters. With out giving it away, the twist is not entirely unique. It's been done before but it was pretty satisfying in this instance.
The performance was good but not great. Some of the female voices sounded forced and a little silly. It might have been better to forgo the voices and rely on the narrative to tell us who is speaking.
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Chief Science Officer Michaels along with the crew of the Dei Gratia travel to distant plants to mine the resources available. However, he finds himself in the unique position of encountering the first ever extraterrestrial contact. Violent little green men attack him and the crew leaving bodies and mysteries of their encounter. Using history and man's unique ability to destroy everything they come into contact with, Michaels manages to solve the mystery of the little green men and save the crew.
Cawdron takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of visuals and emotions as the little green men make their mark upon the crew. Not your ordinary sci-fi book, Cawdron leaves much to the imagination and gives the reader just enough to keep them hooked until the end. At the end, the reader finds him/herself pondering the inner workings of humans and their interactions with others. Who are the true monsters? Little green men or the humans who invaded American and slaughtered without prejuidice or the humans who invaded other countries during the crusades? Why do humans destroy everything?
These questions and more make the story stick with you well past the ending. Excellent plot, well developed and executed perfectly.
The narrator, Jeffrey Hayes, did an excellent job of narrating and injecting the appropriate emotions.
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