Records of the Argos, Book Three

Fiction - Science Fiction
364 Pages
Reviewed on 05/16/2023
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    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Insurrection is a work of fiction in the science fiction, action, and adventure subgenres, and forms the third novel in the Records of the Argos series. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Michael J. Farlow. In this thrilling continuation of a series filled with survival, sci-fi, and suspense, we follow the exploits of the Argos under Captain Nick Hall, as a mysterious force sees them appear in a galaxy far from their own. The crew and their enigmatic AI land in the middle of a planetary conflict between the near-extinct Brin and the more technologically enhanced Furlong. Should the Argos intervene, or will they cause more problems than they could solve in doing so?

Fans of intricately plotted and conceptually interesting science fiction need to look no further than author Michael J. Farlow for their next reading experience. Whether you’ve had the pleasure of reading any previous books in this series or not, the wealth of background and worldbuilding that is woven seamlessly into the prose allows any reader to dive right in and enjoy this complex, but easily accessible adventure. I was totally drawn in by the dialogue and its unique charms, especially that of Wizzy the charming and upbeat AI, whose dialogue helped fill in important technical gaps that we need to understand the overall plot. The camaraderie and capability of the whole crew were heart-warming to experience and see how the expertise of different crew members meshed together under Nick’s leadership to help bring the story to a very satisfying conclusion. Overall, I would recommend Insurrection to fans of complex, enjoyable, and highly immersive sci-fi adventures.

Essien Asian

On receiving a mysterious distress message, the Argos and its crew are transported halfway across the galaxy to an alien planetary system. After further investigation, Nick and his crew discover they were brought to the planet Brintal against their will to help the native Brins fight off an invading armada known as the Furlong. The Furlong invaders have laid claim to the backwater planet with the intention of terraforming it to resemble their lost home world. Nick must take sides in this battle for survival and find a way to halt a grave injustice. Can he succeed when the odds are stacked against him? Only time will tell in Michael J. Farlow's Insurrection: Records of the Argos, Book Three.

Insurrection is not your typical action and adventure combination aimed at the avid genre follower. It is technical in a way that the true science fiction purist will appreciate. The storyline sounds straightforward and throws a reader right into the action from the first chapter. It takes a certain degree of perception to pick up the hints that Michael J Farlow drops along the way which let you know there is more to this story than meets the eye. The attention to detail in the build-up to the battles is near perfect and his style of storytelling juxtaposes comedic moments with the seriousness of the situation at hand in a way that kept me interested. The characters are well-developed and their interaction is quite lively. This is a science fiction follower's perfect novel in every sense of the word.

Bryone Peters

Insurrection: Records of the Argos Book 3 by Michael J. Farlow will take you into the unknown reaches of space once more. This time the mission comes to them via a strange AI that they later call Agnes. Nick and his diverse, capable, and loyal crew arrive aboard the spaceship Argos. They find themselves trying to figure out what happened to planet Brintal which they were called to by Agnes. Everything is strange and mysterious. There seemed to be widespread destruction. Nick and his crew meet the short but human-like inhabitants known as the Brin. The Brin appear incapable of defending themselves against the hostile Furlong species, who have invaded the planet and are enslaving them. The crew of the Argos steps in, using some surprising tactics.

Insurrection by Michael J. Farlow does a sterling job of providing a suspenseful but entertaining story set in space. The plot is well-structured and there is always a twist somewhere. I felt it difficult to imagine what would happen next and felt compelled to read the story from start to finish. The crew member Ilton was pivotal to the plot. A genius in communications and other technical skills, he manages to pull the crew out of a few tricky situations due to his prowess. It was easy to get immersed in the story because of the dialogue. Some impressive maneuver tactics occur in the ensuing space confrontation. I loved the final surprise at the end!

Alex Ndirangu

Michael J. Farlow's Insurrection: Records of the Argos, Book Three transports us fourteen hundred light years away from earth. There, Nick and his crew stare in awe at Brintal, a blue-and-green planet with white clouds lazily moving across the surface. But beneath the clouds, trouble looms. Some four years before, an unstable star exposed all the planets in its orbit to enough intense radiation to kill everything and everybody in the system. The Furlong, a race from one of the destroyed planets, survived and made it to Brintal. With them, they brought pain and suffering. The Furlong enslaved the Brin because they believed these people to be primitive, which was true in a technological sense. Worse still, the Furlong miss their home world and are determined to recreate it on Brintal, regardless of the cost to the Brin.

Insurrection will keep pulling you back to its storyline. The character development is superb and readers will find a favorite character to cheer for. I could never get enough of Wizzy the AI's sarcasm toward Nick. Whenever I encountered a dialogue between them, I knew it would raise a smile. While Michael J. Farlow was ready to share the thought processes of the cast with readers, he wasn't willing to share everything at once. The effect was a perfect blend of suspense and revelation. The author's manner of showing rather than telling played a significant role in this book. You are transported into the vastness of space, and as you see just how much Brintal resembles Earth, you cannot wait to discover what lies beneath the clouds. Sci-fi fans will love learning how a leap drive allows a ship to move from one place to another anywhere in space instantly. Readers will learn about convergent evolution and how different species evolved independently and developed similar patterns in comparable environments. It was a worthwhile read that has made me eager to explore more works by Farlow.

Vincent Dublado

The third book in Michael J. Farlow’s Records of the Argos series, Insurrection follows Captain Nick Hall, his crew, and their AI as they are unknowingly transported to a distant galaxy. They are all having breakfast in the galley when the AI Wizzy, in his avatar form, feels peculiar and dizzy, which is the first time that this has happened to an automated entity. As they head to the bridge, they find themselves located in a different Milky Way that is fourteen hundred light years away. They encounter the Furlongs, an alien race that has taken over the main manufacturing and technology centers on the planet Brintal. The Furlongs regard the Brins that they have enslaved as primitive, and their purpose for subjugation is to establish a new homeworld for themselves after their own was destroyed. The Brins need help, but the Furlongs are far more advanced than the Argos. Who will win? Can advanced military technology outweigh the virtues of the fighting spirit?

Michael J. Farlow doesn’t waste time in getting you into the core of the action, as he immediately opens the book with the heroes being transported to where they were not expecting to be. Insurrection is not just another example of the close encounters trope in science fiction. It’s a fresh retread of the possibilities of how humanity can come across alien races and in that sense differs from the typical they-came-to-Earth premise. In this case, the alien threat is real, but instead of earthlings, it involves the enslavement of a different alien race. At this point, it gets interesting because for a change the earthlings play the role of savior. Farlow’s narrative is so elaborate and pervasive that this space adventure comes to life. This is one of those highly speculative stories that get you wrapped up in the plot, a strong indication that the book is worth reading.