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Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite
In the not so distant future, the Earth’s carbon fuels are almost gone. Oil reserves drying up is not the only problem. There are steadily rising ocean levels that flood coastal areas. But, major oil companies continue to deny evidence of global warming. They also have a plan and set their sights on off-world sources of carbon fuels. Their target? Jupiter's water-rich moon, Europa. There’s one possibly major thing standing between Big Oil and Europa's rich energy reserves. It's thought that the moon may contain life. Even the presence of microorganisms would ban resource harvesting under international space law. One man out to prove the presence of life on Europa is brutally murdered. And it doesn't end there.
Meanwhile, a manned mission plans to scout the moon for life and, if none exists, lay claim to all the available resources. But, the crew may not be exactly as it seems. Embedded operatives in the crew from several major players are there with orders to ensure that if there is indeed life on Europa, it doesn't stand in the way of energy extraction. And they will stop at nothing to get it done.
I found Europa by J.J. Co to be a technically well-written story of what could be a possible future with suspense and intrigue on almost every page. The cast of characters is diverse and their interaction sets the stage for much of the action. The author chose to use a considerable amount of dialogue and detail. Because of this I found some of the chapters slowed down a little but it did not take away from the quality of the work.