Finding Commonalities in Something Alien

Original publish date: 11 December 2014

Ancient Aliens meets CSI in a thriller adventure of international conspiracy proportions within the pages of Rainer Rey’s Cosmosis.

Jace’s father worked for NASA and was murdered while working when Jace was really young. Maddy’s father was a GM executive who Maddy disliked because he didn’t care about the environment like she did. The separate storylines of Jace and Maddy are thrust together as each of them become increasingly entangled in figuring out the secrets about alternative energy sources that lurked in their fathers’ lives. The path to knowing what Jace and Maddy’s fathers were up to is littered with lots of dead bodies, both assassins and loved ones as these two unravel the mystery bonding them together.

The morbid circumstances that bring Jace and Maddy into each others lives is, in its underlying structure, a standard meet cute, which I must admit irks me. Not that it’s a bad thing to use a ploy like that, but because the book is categorized as a thriller/action & adventure I wasn’t expecting to have that much romantic plot in it. Yes, a love story can certainly exist within an action story, but it felt more contrived than naturally occurring, thus making it seem superfluous.

There were several occasions where some copy editing was essential, yet it appears to have been somewhat neglected. Within the first chapter or so of the book, there was a duplicated paragraph. I did a double take as I read (almost) the same thing twice. At first, I thought it was an intentional technique to place emphasis, but in rereading it out of confusion, it became apparent that it was simply a duplication. While it may not be a big deal in the grand scheme of things, it was really distracting and the fact that an error of that magnitude occurred at the beginning of the book sets the stage for easier discrediting of the admittedly intriguing premise. Then instances of repeated sentences and omitted words followed and further placed doubt upon the quality of the writing.

Overall, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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