An Abundance of Caution

Fiction - Science Fiction
237 Pages
Reviewed on 01/04/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

An Abundance of Caution is a work of fiction in the science fiction, alien paranormal, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Paul Anthony. Taking a detour from the clichéd route of alien invasions and action/adventure takeover novels, this introspective and well thought out tale envisions what would happen if a willing human volunteer were to peaceably help an alien race make contact with the planet at large. Our protagonist Tobias Sinclair wants this very dearly, but he is also plagued by guilt at the family he neglected in order to help change the world.

Author Paul Anthony has crafted a truly unique work in which I was surprised and delighted to find so much realism and believability. The overall tone is set by thoughtful science fiction which brings itself in line with science fact as much as it possibly can, but the true realism lies in the commitment to character narration and detail on display. We feel deeply for Tobias and understand his psyche totally, and because of this developmental work, we come to understand the extraterrestrials on a new level too. What results is a masterfully penned work with tension in its every move, a slow-burning plot that rewards with stacks of emotional investment and surprises later on, and a feeling of satisfaction, intrigue, and a deeper understanding by the close. Overall, I would certainly recommend An Abundance of Caution to science fiction fans who are seeking something well written, serious, and well thought out for their next read.

Pikasho Deka

An Abundance of Caution is a sci-fi novel about first-contact written by author Paul Anthony. Tobias Sinclair reluctantly heeds the warnings of a man named Stokes, who informs him that his life is in danger. He leaves Earth to avoid those who want to eliminate him and his teachings. Tobias travels to the planet of Jevmmun, named after the planets of the solar system, where humans have created an advanced civilization with the help of the technology and teachings provided to them by the Naku. The Council of Jevmmun wants Tobias to do the same for the people living on Earth and become their moral and spiritual leader. However, not everyone is on the same page as the Council since members of the COL want the first contact with humans on Earth to be on their terms.

Fans of sci-fi novels who love stories related to first-contact should try this one out as An Abundance of Caution contains all the ingredients to satisfy their appetites. Author Paul Anthony's novel perfectly encapsulates the consequences of such a scenario and delves deep into its practical ramifications. Anthony also explores the themes of forgiveness and reconciliation and blends them seamlessly into the narrative. I found the concept of bodies made of flesh and bones inhabiting the human spirit rather than the spirit residing in the human body to be highly intriguing. Overall, I found An Abundance of Caution to be a very immersive introspection of how forgiveness and reconciliation can help humans look past our differences and prosper as a whole.