The Interceptor's Song


Fiction - Dystopia
186 Pages
Reviewed on 10/28/2017
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

The Interceptor’s Song by Frederick H. Crook takes place in a future dystopian world. In the fall of 2095, the Native American chiefs of North America regained their freedom and took to self-government as the weakening federal government of the United States could no longer maintain control over the reservations. The story starts in Rosebud, South Dakota, where two young schoolmates, Tommy ‘Little Bear’ Edwards and Heath Conroy, are investigating the mansion of the mysterious Dr. Errol McAllen. When the boys’ action proves ill-fated, Chief of Police Ada Wicker finds McAllen as the likely suspect. However, there’s something else going on in McAllen’s residence.

The world-building is not exaggerated in terms of its elements. This suits the story well, where racial tension and distrust play an almost dominant part in the background as ‘white man’ Doctor Errol McAllen's presence is taciturnly not welcomed by the people in Rosebud. The incident at the mansion gradually leads to a witch hunt, which will remind us of the atrocious impact of racism. There were times when I felt that this might overshadow the thriller and sci-fi aspect of the story, but Crook did a solid job of balancing these subjects. In terms of characterization, both main and secondary characters sufficiently deliver their roles. Ada Wicker’s tough and vulnerable sides are believable as she tries her best to solve the murder case and maintain order in the community at the same time. That said, Errol McAllen is the epitome of ‘a cooler head prevails’ and he’s my favorite character. The Interceptor’s Song's ending seems to suggest that there’s a continuation in store. Overall, a good read.