Alpha is the world’s first robotic soldier, but he would rather woo his mechanic than wage war. This probably has something to do with his human heart.
Once the greatest soldier the Planet Earth Military Forces had seen, Meat can’t help but think this new age of robotic soldiers will leave people like him in the dust.
Lucas Sharpe wishes he’d managed to work his way to CEO of the Planet Earth Military Forces before its leaders traded their plasma rifles for stacks of paperwork. Now he’s just bored.
Alpha is having enough trouble winning his mechanic’s heart – as it turns out, robots aren’t her type – but when Meat begins to stalk Alpha’s inventor, Lucas sees a chance to return to action, even if it means breaking a few rules. Unfortunately, Lucas’s involvement only makes Meat angrier, and before long, the ex-soldier’s obsession escalates into all-out suburban warfare. Everything Alpha loves is threatened, and it becomes clear he will have to fight. And he would fight – he really would – if not for an unfortunate, deadly malfunction that should come as no surprise to anyone who knows his inventor is the worst Military scientist of all time.
Review 3 of 5 Stars
This was a pretty quick read. There were some missing words, editing mistakes, etc., but not enough so that I didn’t enjoy it. In my opinion, this is a story for romantic souls. Alpha is somewhere in the middle between a military story, Bicentennial Man and The Wizard of Oz with regard to the flavor of the story, but just a little bit gritty around the edges. Overall it was an enjoyable and entertaining tale, but nothing too deep given the manner in which it was written. The story flowed well. I was not bored at any time and I felt for the characters, even Alpha’s slightly snobby and whiny siblings (?), Beta and Gamma.
I wouldn’t say this is a masterpiece, but it was a good fun read. I find that I need a little lighter fare from time to time as I read a lot of dystopian sci-fi and this fit the bill very nicely. There are action scenes and fights within this story, but at the end I was left with a light-hearted feeling for the most part given how Alpha’s love for his robot mechanic, Jo, influenced and colored his decisions and the descriptions thereof. That may just be my assessment, but at no point did this story take itself too seriously so neither did I.
I’d be interested to see what this author comes up with in the future. Overall it was a fun story. Alpha was a good adventure. There’s a little romance in the mix and I would recommend it for a rainy afternoon read.