The Private by Random Writings

Author's Description:
In the far distant future humanity fights for survival against an alien civilization. This is one man's part in the fight.
Size: 682 KB ( ~ 129,327 words)
Genre: Science Fiction
Sex Contents: Minimal Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Consensual, Romantic, Science Fiction, Military, War

Review by Erik Thread   [other reviews by Erik Thread]

Reviewed: 2015-02-14

Random Writings has developed a wonderfully complex tale without it being too complicated. "The Private" grows and develops, adds characters and levels of meaning, but it keeps its basic story simple enough so the new elements add depth without confusing readers with too many complicated details.

In the first chapter we learn that the protagonist is a space Marine, a long-serving warrior, not by voluntary enlistment but in order to avoid the death penalty for a civilian crime. As part of the sentence, he will never be promoted to a higher rank. During his long career as a private, he has seen many battles, and has gained many skills and learned much and his valor is well documented by the medals he has won--a strange anomaly to see a lowly private's chest covered with decorations for courage and self-sacrifice. But he has also had to learn to keep to himself, not to have hope, not get close to others, and to be a loner. But there may be some changes a-brewin'.

What Random Writings does with the premise is marvelous in both its simplicity and complexity. You will enjoy it. Private Sweeney sort of reminds me of Jean Valjean from book one of Les Miserables. If you know the character, his transformations, his sacrifices, his head vs. heart trials, you will appreciate this tale even more.

The story moves along, but pays attention to detail, too. It's edited and proofread pretty well. Good relationships, but few sexy scenes. On a basic level, "The Private" is a very good space-action-war-drama, but there are deeper undercurrents that add spice and intrigue if you notice them.

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 9 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10