No longer part of the United States, in 2071 the Sovereign Republic of Texas remains bound by the Outer Space Treaty it inherited.
Theia Rhodos stands ready to free humanity from the shackles that keep lunar resources out of her reach. Done taking “no” for an answer, she acts boldly, ready to sacrifice everything.
Only the gods of scarcity, woe and lament stand in her way.
Everything in life has a cost. And a price.
A little about Monalisa first:
Diane Andersen’s Review: 5-Stars
While I am not an avid sci-fi reader or film buff and I wouldn’t know a flux capacitor from a hollow deck or the Enterprise from the Galactica, I do enjoy stories set in any universe, past, present or future with enough reason to keep turning pages beyond my bedtime. And if there are interesting characters, well-developed world building and a story rich in literary symbolism or allusions to our own world situation, I’m always willing to give it a try.
In the case of, Promethea Invicta, it came so highly recommended, promising to be just that sort of book I could escape into, how could I resist? A compact tale that packs quite a lot of literary punch in both its exquisite futuristic setting and well- developed characters. By the year 2071, Texas is a “sovereign independent nation”, no less and Thea Rhodos, heir to her father’s nuclear empire, is the kind of strong female main character that can be brave but not overbearing, strong without being pushy and still sacrifice for the greater good without looking weak.
Foster’s story goes beyond a surface sci-fi genre novella, to explore the social and political issues of today and where that all may lead into the future. Like Atlas Shrugged, it is not going to meld with everyone’s political view and rather, offers a candid look at what the mainstream media shudders to reveal. But more than a treatise on any Conservative or Libertarian view, it almost smacks of a parable, a cautionary tale that, regardless of political factions, we all may need to heed, if we all aim to survive. The only flaw in this book is that it could easily have been twice the length, digging deeper into characterization, world-building and exploring so much more to the possibilities posed.
Hopefully, in upcoming books in the series, we’ll get to experience even more of this amazing author’s work, before it’s too late for us all.
Terence Vickers’ (AKA Tinker Publishing) Review: 4-Stars
The prose is good and the book appears to be well formatted. The main character is nicely presented, the dialogue is easy to follow as is the story, although I found the time jumps a bit more frequent than they could be.
The cover image doesn’t really fit well with the main story, unless the backstory, the fifteen years earlier sections, could be considered the main story. Frankly, I am a bit disappointed because it reads more like the condensed versions of two good books of a series jammed into 54 pages. Neither the “Fifteen years earlier” nor the “2071” stories seem fully complete. Kind of like reading a book with pages missing.
Even though being as short as it is, it is really very good and if it were expanded into two full-length novels, even if they were fairly short, I would probably enjoy them a great deal more.
I fully appreciate the honouring of Robert A Heinlein as he is one of my own favourite authors.
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