Monday, February 8, 2016

The Assault by Brian Falkner

AssaultI found this book on the New Releases shelf at my local library, and I gave it a rating of four out of five. The story takes place in the future, and Earth is at war with invaders from space. Earth is currently losing the war, since the aliens control all of the continents except for the Americas. Lieutenant Chisnall leads a small team of soldiers behind enemy lines in Australia. Their mission is to find out what the Bzadians have going on inside Uluru, a huge rock/mountain in the middle of the desert. It's heavily guarded and top secret, so it must be important. The team is disguised as the enemy, but they must "skydive" without parachutes, trek across the desert, get past Uluru's defenses, and somehow get inside the mountain. Oh yeah, and one member of the team is a traitor.

I didn't put this book in my fantasy/science fiction blog, because it's non-stop action from the first page to the last. The author shared a general idea about the mission, but even the team didn't know the details until they got inside the mountain. The addition of a traitor added an extra amount of mystery and suspense to the plot. Readers who enjoy war stories should like this book, because it describes military strategies and weapons throughout the book. The team of soldiers offered an interesting blend of characters, especially since one of them was trying to kill the others.

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