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Reviewed by Michael Alexander Beas for Readers' Favorite
John Raimey returns in epic fashion in “The Northern Star: Civil War” by Author Mike Gullicksonas. Ten years after Raimey gives up all that is dear to him for love of country, he finds himself leaping out of a plane into the heart of a town for another mission. Death is everywhere and around every corner, which is pretty typical for Raimey in Africa. But this time its personal as he must save his own daughter before it is to late.
“The Northern Star: Civil War” by Author Mike Gullickson is, in my opinion one of the best Science Fiction novels I have had a chance to read in quite some time. Having not read the first book in the series, I can say that this book can be read as a stand-alone. Quickly, in a fast paced manner, “The Northern Star: Civil War,” aligns and brings the reader up to date with what happened in the first book and then pushes forth in a brilliant manner the current events that are taking shape in the current storyline. This is one aspect of the book that I enjoyed because without having read the first book I was easily able to pick up were the story left off and gave me the chance to appreciate all that was going on without having to guess or wonder what happened before.
Author Mike Gullickson does not holding back either when it comes to the pace and flow of the plot theme and character development. The real life elements and vivid description of the landscapes, coupled with the deep POV of the character drew me deep into the heart of the story and did not let go till the very end. The possibility that sometime, perhaps in the very near future the events described; such as limited natural reserves, terrorist attacks and the power of the internet taking over our minds, can in-fact, very well transpire and happen. Having read many Sci-Fi tales in the past, some I felt could be over the top with what reality can deem possible. That was not the case with “The Northern Star: Civil War.” For my personal taste I felt that it is perfect and real, with an unending possibility of a real life struggles that all of us can face if we continue let technology take over our lives. I would highly recommend this book to all, and can’t wait to see what Author Mike Gullickson comes up with next.