Author: Tobias Roote

The Pattern Ship


A landslide awakens the AI of an alien Escape Pod which had crashed and sunk into a prehistoric swamp. Remaining hidden from fossil hunters the Pod escapes back into Space.

Now it must utilize ancient patterning technology to reconstitute its Master. However, it proves no easy mission as it scours this strange new world for essential materials to rebuild.

As a homeless man, Zeke has worked hard to claim a back-alley as his own territory where a restaurant’s staff leave him food scraps. As if things aren’t bad enough Zeke’s on a dark government watchlist. He has a partial metal skull, forged from a meteorite and hammered into shape by a Middle-Eastern Blacksmith. The strange alloy has irreversibly bonded with his brain and is leaking into his DNA, changing it.

When the newly-revived Master discovers that the only source of an essential component for its ship is the foreign material in Zeke’s head it faces a difficult moral dilemma. The Master comes from a race that reveres all biological life wherever it is found, and Zeke will die if the metal cap is removed.

It’s left to the AI to find another way?



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2019-09-25 09:42
This is a cracking bit of space opera. It ticks all the boxes and hits practically every trope in the genre. However, it does it so very well that you don't care that you've seen the basic plot before or not.

I didn't care, anyway. I just enjoyed settling in for a lovely evening of reading a comfortable story. Familiar? Yes. Dull? No. There are enough new ideas added to the mix that keeping my attention was no problem. Plus there were no irritating typos or mistakes to distract me from that fantastically warm read.

To sum up: I loved it. I have already downloaded book two and I was just waiting to finish this review before I started it.
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