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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Mission SRX: Before Space Recon is the first book in the Mission SRX series written by Matthew D. White. As the crew of the U.S.C. Defiance – a space ship designed to haul cargo between Earth and Sol Bravo – makes their peaceful way to a designated destination, an unknown force disrupts their equipment, throwing the U.S.C. Defiance off course. Little does the crew know that an Aquillian space ship nearby, feigning assistance to the U.S.C. Defiance, has sparked an ambush against the cargo ship. As the ship’s hull is breached and the body count begins, the crew sends out an SOS, while utilizing every possible resource they have to survive the attack. The ensuing bloodbath reveals the shocking motive behind the ambush, as the crew does all they can to protect its precious cargo and alert their rescuers to the imminent danger which lies ahead for all mankind.
Matthew D. White’s hard-hitting, sci-fi thriller, which acts as a prequel to the brutal war between interplanetary species, is filled with suspense and packs a powerful punch with each turn of the page. Every action portrayed in this short story is well-written and quite graphic, painting a clear picture in all respects, whether of the controls and layout of the space craft or the brutal execution of each crew member. While I am not generally a fan of sci-fi, I found Mission SRX: Before Space Recon positively riveting in the explosive, non-stop action which takes place between crew members with a seemingly simple job of cargo delivery, and an enemy alien species which will stop at nothing to seize what is on board. The portrayal of ruthless, blood-thirsty killers, which ambush those who are trained to protect their cargo and nothing more, is spine-chilling. I enjoyed Mission SRX: Before Space Recon and recommend it to sci-fi fans who enjoy apocalyptic tales which reveal unsung heroes and true warriors.