You Must Know About the Restless Lightning
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You Must Know About the Restless Lightning

Vanilla ice cream has a bad reputation. Most consider it secondary – an accompaniment of better and richer flavors. On the contrary, vanilla ice cream does one thing better than anything else: simplify an experience to its best qualities. The vanilla ice cream is soft, supple and, most importantly, tastes exactly as expected every time.

Restless Lightning by Richard Baker is a wonderful and delicious vanilla ice cream container that contributes to an idealistic Vision of a future era of Space Exploration. Baker is not afraid to flood the reader with alien and military language, twenty-five years of experience in the development of tabletop role-playing games for the Industrialtitan Wizards of the Coast. The inexplicable lack of vocabulary prevents the flow of the story from being hindered and instead creates a pseudo-realistic atmosphere for the “Star Trek”.”

At the beginning of the book, our hero, Lieutenant Commander Sikander North, is assigned to a supply station created as a Diplomatic Agent for a race of fish-like creatures called Tzoru. The Tzoru are a civilization that roamed the stars before humans built pyramids. Tradition and peace have made it a Bastion of stability, but the lifestyle of the Tzoru is changing faster than they can adapt. The commotion follows and represents North and his intelligent romantic interest, Dr. Lara Dunstan, at the center of the action.

action breaks up the growing political feud, and Baker shows a space action in a Marine air action, less starry, experiment. The ships line up in Formation forty thousand kilometers apart and fire “K guns” mounted offshore at extremely calculated angles. Baker has the talent to write each meeting in an interesting and dynamic way without succumbing to explosive pleasure or boring mechanical descriptions.

A restless flash of lightning will not disturb the basics of Science Fiction. Instead, in the midst of a series of dark Genre offerings like “Game of Thrones” or “Altered Carbon,” this book takes a rosy detour into a universe where each character has the best intentions. The most vicious character, on a scale of one (least evil) to ten (most vicious), ranks at a solid “high School Bully” level Of malicious intent. Even the main character’s relatively awkward attitude is adorable; Although it is clearly not appropriate to be an intelligence officer, North’s struggle to prove his worth is certainly worth encouraging.

In fact, the only weak aspects of this novel are a few poorly timed flashbacks in which Sikander North confronts demons from his past. These sequences try to add depth to North as the protagonist, but unfortunately they violate the otherwise smooth plot of the story. These sections are fortunately rare.

Four hundred pages after, Baker’s space game ends with space action, a car chase and an Explosion as it should be. Wrapped in a pretty pink bow, Restless Lightning is a fun fireside read, perfect for relieving everyday stress.

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