3.5 out of 5 stars
I’m a fan of short fiction like this, I really like when an author is able to give me all of the ups and downs that a longer-format novel can in a small condensed package. That being said, sometimes you need a little more detail that a shorter story cannot give you. The Mons Connection was a combination of both. Pestel was able to write a short and compact story that hit most cylinders, but it would have benefitted from being a slightly longer book.
I think that the scenes where they weren’t ready to explore yet but were prepping to go there could have been drawn out to add some suspense, and the ending felt really rushed. Honestly, the book could have beeing 50ish pages longer and would go from a 3.5 to a 4.5 if Pestel had done it right.
Even though this is a lower rating for me, I still did enjoy the book a lot. It’s one of those books that had me thinking throughout and the ending was good, but just needed a little more. I wasn’t disappointed, but I also wasn’t making a completely shocked face when it ended that I could have made with slightly more suspense in the book.
Overall, The Mons Connection hit some places and missed in some others. I enjoyed the story, but it would definitely benefit from a little more suspense.