The Northern Star
Lightside/Darkside Entertainment LLC
The Northern Star takes place in the near future when the oil has all but run out. People have moved into the cities to make transportation easier. The thing that has saved the world is the Mindlink. The Mindlink allows the user to live in the virtual world and has made the real world little more than an apartment. John Raimey is a soldier in the new world. He and his team
return to the U.S. to take up the fight against terrorists that live in the U.S. now that the Middle East oil is gone and the countries have been reduced to ashes. What John doesn’t know is that terrorism is soon going to be the least of his worries. Someone has found a way to use the Minklink to coerce world leaders. The real battle will not be fought over land, but over control of the Mindscape.
This book was a sleeper. I struggled a bit when the book opened. I didn’t find the “advanced” technology to be that advanced. When I let go of that issue, I was pulled in by the characters and the
ir interaction. Mike creates a varied cast of people and, just as in real life, sometimes it is hard to tell the villains from the heroes. This is the first book of a series and I will be looking forward to the next book. One thing that I very much appreciated was that there was sufficient closure at the end of this book to leave me satisfied and enough hints about what is coming to have me eager to pick up the next one.
The book is nicely put together for an independent press. There are a few minor typos, but I’ve seen as many in books by the big publishers. It is nicely printed on quality paper and feels good in your hand. The binding held up to my bad habit of laying the book down open which is often death on poor quality books.