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The Atlantis Ship [Carson Mach #1], by A.C. Hadfield

3 stars. Solid space pulp delivering on all the cliches. Pew pew pew!

3 stars

Hi, my name is Stefan, and I’m an addict. An addict to Space Soap specifically and series in general.

Alright, this is not a meeting of the Space Opera Addicts Anonymous, but I’ve wanted to get this off my chest nevertheless. It provides context for this review and my motivation in reading this series.

Space operas are my guilty pleasure. They’re like soul food to me – and like soul food, they don’t need to be of the haute cuisine variety, provided by chefs featured in the Guide Michelin. They need to have a heart and a soul and inperfectness. In short, they don’t need to be good to be good. If you catch my thrift. (Like army of darkness – bad in a kind of way that actually makes it good again.)

Yeah, we’re in spaaaace!

Space Operas are able to deliver these goods by making heavy use of tropes in their story telling. This book features the trope of the Outlaw Hero – the charismatic bad guy who is really a good guy at heart, and don’t you know it, because everyone knows it. And there’s also the trope of assembling a rag-tag crew, a motley assembly of rather peculiar and unconventional, yet highly effective individuals.

That second trope makes sense, since this is the intro to a series, so we want to establish the gang for the rest of the ride. By the way, Hollywood uses those tropes too – take a look at Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, with Starlord as the Outlaw Hero and his rag-tag group.

Here comes the gang – you’ve seen this iconic scene in way to many movies; only the people differ.

And of course there’s the big bad baddie. No Outlaw Hero worth his salt would even be getting up for anything less on the stakes than the future of the whole universe. Saving one world is for whimps, Outlaw Heroes ride into the proverbial sunset after saving just about everyone and everything.

In this case from the title giving Atlantis Ship, which is a really big danger. Which is why, of course, an outlaw gets tasked with bringing it down, with almost no resources at all (and did I mention his motley crew?). That’s B movie logic.

Is it in any way realistic? Hell no. Does it contain plot holes as big as Jupiter? Hell yes. Is that going to be a problem? Of course not, why are you asking? Because it has action and lasers shooting and stuff.

Pew pew pew!

What is a problem, though, is the fact that A.C. has fallen prone to an addiction a lot of authors in this genre have: the addiction to acronyms and abbreviations. He uses them a lot, even in dialogues – in places when people would not use them. Honestly, saying CW is a mouthful – especially when you could just say Commonwealth. I can’t imagine people would go out of their way to say Zeh Doubleyou everytime instead of just using Commonwealth. And that makes the dialogues involuntary funny at times.

Which all comes down to this: space opera, lasers, shooting, outlaws and evil aliens, cemetery cringeworthy dialogues. It’s a solid 3 stars entertainment, in the best sense of the way!

By Stefan

father of two, not enough time to read everything I want to read

2 replies on “The Atlantis Ship [Carson Mach #1], by A.C. Hadfield”

So, this was a great one for you, because your expectations were suitably lowered. You were like a kid in a candy shop: gimme sugar! This one gave me a chuckle, Stefan. We all have our forbidden fruit!

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