Legend by Bob Mayer
This is the first book in the Area 51 series. I’m not sure if I will continue to read the rest of the series. But that’s because there are so many other books I want to read or listen to first, not because I didn’t enjoy this book. I did.
What I liked most about it is that it “explained” numerous ancient mysteries. Of course it’s a science fiction book, so the author can make up whatever he wants as long as it makes some sort of logical sense.
In this case, everything from the purpose of the Great Pyramid to the origins of Nosferatu (Dracula) are explained. Most notably, Moses, a character of a few chapters, is shown to have been led to the rescue of the Judeans from Egypt by the main characters of this book. It wasn’t his idea – he was just a useful tool in the saga of two space traveling warriors who are trying to rid Earth of an evil alien force.
Donnchadh (pronounced don-caw-da) and Gwalcmai are a two-person army who are attempting to overthrow the aliens who have genetically engineered humans to be their slaves. The two are able to exploit how the aliens fight amongst themselves.
I love the names of the characters, and this book moves along on a clipped pace. It could have been longer but I’m glad it wasn’t.
The two characters are a married duo who are greatly in love. They are not very well fleshed out but they’re warriors, the woman a scientist, and it’s reasonable for them to be straight forward confident individuals with little to say. We do care about them greatly by the end and that’s what matters.
Actually the story is told mostly from Donnchadh’s viewpoint so she is the main character. And that makes this book somewhat well-rounded when it comes to female characters even though about 95% of the other characters are men.
I’ve said it before of other books: this one is not a deep thinker.
But in this case, if you are a fan of ancient mysteries and you like sci-fi, you’ve got to read (or listen to, as I did) this enjoyable brisk-paced book.