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Monday, May 28, 2012

Triton: Rise of the Fallen by Travis McBee

Triton: Rise of the Fallen by Travis McBee
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full length (210 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

The earth is dead and the only hope for humanity rests in the hands of a man with no name.

The earth is dead. The last twenty humans have crashed onto a new world created by humans. Their leader is dead. In his place steps a man without a name. A man whose past is hidden and secret. Under his guidance they start to rebuild civilization. But who is he? Why does he not cry? Why does he not smile? What secrets does his past hide, so dark and terrifying that the voices of it still haunt him? Who is Tritsan?

Could you trust someone whose name and past is a complete mystery?

Triton: Rise of the Fallen is full of surprises. A few plot points are teased out but never resolved at the end of the story. In some books this would be an exercise in frustration; in this book it actually makes sense. Some questions aren’t really meant to be answered. This also leaves plenty of room for a sequel to be written about Tristan and his fellow travelers in the future. I don’t know if one is planned but I get the impression that these characters still have many stories to tell.

Tristan is a well developed individual but it was a little difficult to get to know some of the secondary characters because we only see them through his perspective. I continued to mix up a few of them well into the story. What was shared about them was fascinating, though, especially once the reader picks up on how strongly some of Tristan’s personality quirks influence how he interacts with others.

While the flashbacks of Tristan’s past enriched the story they took away some of the urgency of the main plot at times. It was jarring to switch from Tristan’s memories to the growing community’s struggle to survive in a dangerous new world. Every flashback had a purpose but they might have been more effective if they had been inserted into less emotionally charged scenes.

Minor but repetitive grammatical errors also pulled my attention away from the plot.

Despite these issues Triton: Rise of the Fallen is a good bet for those of you looking for a fast-paced, other-worldly adventure. If I'm right and there's going to be a sequal, it's the perfect time to become involved in Mr. McBee's whole new world.

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