This sci-fi book was reviewed by Clive, my Monday guest from
The Last Day of Captain Lincoln
Author – Exo Books
Pages – 133
Release Date – 20th August 2016
ISBN-13 – 978-0997590258
Format – ebook, hardcover
I received a free copy of this book
Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.
An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story.
It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.
Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.
The End is just the beginning.
I did not expect much from this book, after all it was a modest 133 pages long and written by someone who calls himself EXO Books. I was however pleasantly surprised. The book grew on me and it left me with plenty of food for thought.
Initially this appears to be just another sci-fi book about interstellar travel but it is far deeper than that. As we follow Captain Lincoln through his final day he reviews his life and considers death, philosophy and to some degree religion. It also describes euthanasia in a world where medical science has ensured perfect health for all with no ageing process.
I felt that the storyline lost its way a little around “lunchtime” but I can assure you that the final two chapters are delightful.
The text is interspersed with snippets of poetry, prose and song lyrics. Although he lives in the 28th century Captain Lincoln has a love of 19th and 20th century literature and 20th century music which is fortunate for us.
The book also has a number of full page illustrations by Kimberley Hazen which are not done justice on a Kindle but I imagine that they are excellent in the hardback version.
I have awarded the book four stars.
Book reviewed by Clive
EXO Books is the pen name and publishing company of a science fiction writer. He is a man who lives in New York City, USA, Earth.
The name EXO Books was inspired from the book of Exodus in the Bible. An exodus is the departure of a people out of slavery, to a promised land. It is a journey punctuated with peaks and valleys of joy and sorrow, through darkness ever towards the light. Inherent to this great journey of ours is the notion that while we continue to search for a better life, this search may not be fruitful in our individual lifetimes. Still, we try. Through it all we are sustained by our love for each other, and by hope.
The road is long, my friends. We trek on together.