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Masi'shen Stranded by Graybyrd

Description: The Masi'shen crash-landed on Antarctica 2,000 years ago. Their ship lies under the ice on a volcanic island. It has been detected by a spy satellite. The U.S. government, the Russian mafia, and volunteer rescuers race to get there first.
Size: 722 KB ( ~ 136,913 words)
Type: Science Fiction
Sex Contents: No Sex
Tags: Magic, Science Fiction, Space

Review by pj   [other reviews by pj]

Reviewed: 2011-12-16 - (Review Updated: 2014-09-06)

Reviewer NOTE: This is written as of Chapter 7, on December 16, '11.

As in all reviews, anywhere, it is purely my point of view at the time the review was written.


We are blessed with another ripping good yarn.

If you love Stargate Atlantis, Clive Cussler's 'Dirk Pitt' adventures and Michael Crichton's science fiction, you will probably really like this story. After all you get to read it free and as it is written. I'll be perfectly frank and say it is a little derivative but so are about 95% of every offering on the shelves. That doesn't detract in the least from the appeal of the story.

Buried under the ice of Antarctica is a massive ship which beached itself there following a cataclysmic disaster while in routine exploration. It has been there patiently waiting for a rescue party for over 2000 years.

Unlike 'Atlantis', though... these Ancients are still in the ship.

Unfortunately for them, these aliens display every bit of the hubris and lethargy many of us long-time readers of the genre assume they would. Like the Ancients in Stargate they have evolved themselves to near extinction.

- A hint of this is borne out early by their reaction when any hint of war or violence is brought to mind, so to speak.

In other words, if earthlings discover them they are probably dead meat, since they lack any semblance of the instinct of self preservation.

They're pretty freakin' lazy, too. That's my opinion with what I know so far. And I don't doubt many other readers will conclude the same. That does not detract, either. In fact it is pretty damn refreshing.

Their only hope is in a human who was himself stranded when sent on a mission to find out the nature of a mysterious gravitational anomaly, ie; their own ship.

On the technical side, I had just a few minor quibbles with the way the author dealt with military terminology..50 years ago we didnt say C-130 Hercules and P-3 Orion when we were talking about those aircraft. A character who is familiar with them doing so reads 'clunky'.

That aside.. this story has everything I want. International intrigue, races against time, getting to know diverse peoples, and skullduggery out the kazoo. And it's just starting!

In fact, to me the worst thing about the story is probably the title.

This is one of those where I don't care if it's got any sexual content at all... I do suspect there will be some Romance.

And that's enough.

Read it, the TPA scores are accurate!

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