SkyLine

The Dragon Commander

Fiction - Science Fiction
90 Pages
Reviewed on 01/21/2019
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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

SkyLine: The Dragon Commander by Kennedy King is a riveting sci-fi story with a setting in the future, a world transformed by technology in 2350. It is an age when people are already familiar with AI nanotech police officers and where life vacillates between a dying Earth and Mars. Against this backdrop, an entire city is massacred by a police department, badly influenced by the AI. Major General Christopher Droan finds himself in a very delicate position, and with his well-trained, highly skilled team, he finds himself in the last place he wanted to be; dealing with technology again, an assignment that reminds him of similar events in the past. The attack on Precinct 117 in Shanghai plunges Chris and his team into the clutches of a deadly enemy. And it is just the beginning. Can he curb the threat that grows with every single minute and save the world?

This is one of those books the reader completes and feels like they never had enough. It is well plotted and skillfully written. While the storytelling skills of Kennedy King will entice the reader, it is the relevance of the plot that will have many turning the pages. There is stark realism in the narrative and the author writes about themes that are as timely as they are crucial to the survival of our world. Artificial intelligence is an area of development that grows by the day and it poses a serious threat to humanity.

SkyLine: The Dragon Commander is a visionary work that projects the reader into a future world and makes them see what could await humanity if limits are not clearly defined as to how far humans can allow technology to define their values. The writing is punctuated by strong and interesting dialogues, vivid descriptions, and streams of consciousness that connect readers to characters in powerful ways. SkyLine is fast paced and engaging.

K.C. Finn

SkyLine: The Dragon Commander is a short work of science fiction written by author Kennedy King. Focusing on the terrifying possibilities of artificial intelligence taking over the planet, the story introduces Major General Christopher Droan after the humans’ worst nightmares have come true. There’s a massacre in Precinct 117 in Shanghai, with no human survivors, and Droan is called in with his team to discover the sinister truth behind the robots’ revolt. Living in a fragile, dying world where the SkyLine marks the new developments overhead on Mars, Chris must navigate a matrix of horror to discover the real power that lies behind the AI malfunction. Doing so will tear away everything Chris knows and believes to be true about his world.

For a novella-length read, author Kennedy King packs a really powerful punch into this work. Written explicitly for adults, the action-packed, violent world of the future police and the dying Earth comes to life on every page through vivid description. The plot moves fast, sticking mainly to Chris and his personal narrative as we learn the ways of the world through his eyes. The dialogue is sharp, witty and suitably modern for the time, but also has a gritty noir feel of a dark future gone wrong. Whilst the initial technological premise might seem a little too familiar, the development of ideas really pays off with a startling and original conclusion. Overall, SkyLine: The Dragon Commander is a superb quick read of science fiction action; a little blockbuster for the mind.

Richard L DeMoss

SkyLine: The Dragon Commander by Kennedy King is set in Earth's future in the year 2350. The story opens in Shanghai at Precinct 117. Robin Finch and his Squire, DA-Vos, a nanotech, shape-shifting drone with the first AI personality matrix, arrive at the precinct. All the other officers have just regular nanotech partners. Suddenly all the drones, except DA-Vos, receive some kind of command and kill their human partners. DA-Vos refuses to comply, protects Finch, and Finch is the only one to survive. The World Crisis Center calls on recently promoted Major General Christopher Droan to lead his former team to find out what happened, stop it, and make sure it doesn't happen again. Asked to help out is Tim Carver, the only man in the world who is currently working on a drone with the capability to develop its own intelligence beyond its Fusion Operating System parameters. They meet in the WCC Beijing Consulate, get their orders, and head to Shanghai to handle the problem.

SkyLine: The Dragon Commander by Kennedy King is a compact novel that sci fans will enjoy immensely. King has created a credible futuristic world with well-developed characters. The story moves along swiftly and everything flows together well and with purpose. The premise is that somehow the Squires have been hacked, but the reader soon finds out there is much more here than meets the eye. There is a unknown danger that threatens all of humanity, and everything that has happened here is to find an answer to this threat. Man and machine are going to have to work together against impossible odds to secure the future of mankind. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and definitely look forward to the next installment to see how the journey goes forward.