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A ship carrying a distinguished soldier is sabotaged and goes down on a
continent considered to be uninhabitable. Story drags out survival at
sea, then on land, then they discover a secret desserted military base and
manage to hole up there until help comes. But they have to endure the
arrival of a military unit which they know is dispatched to kill them in
order to maintain the secret of the base--the hero’s partner has a magic
link which nobody else knows about, allowing the hero to know what is
happening. Meanwhile the influential family of the hero goes hither and
thither and eventually sends a rescue party.
Poor storytelling: linear, all things explained. When a traitor in the
camp is suspected, narrative turns to his thoughts and gives it all away.
One of the main characters loses her aide at critical time, matter is
dismissed in a page. Ending very abrupt and lacks any tangible action or
The characterizations and back-story are quite good however, although
everything is a little convenient and cozy, and has no innovation. It is
a straight-forward family dynasty, really.
On the whole, not much more than a young adult read.
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