Duatero by Brad C. Anderson
by Brad C. Anderson
My Ratings 4.4/5
A searing far-future science fiction adventure about a lost human colony struggling to survive on an alien planet--no matter what the cost.
Majstro Falchilo Kredo has devoted his life to protecting the abandoned earth colony of Duatero from Malamiko, the indigenous ecosystem that makes their crops fail and whose contamination turns humans into mindless monsters.
But Malimiko is changing, becoming more dangerous, more aware, even as the ancient technology they use to combat it fails piece by precious piece. Kredo and his fellow soldiers must risk everything or see all they hold precious wiped away and forgotten.
Kredo is prepared to sacrifice himself—and anyone around him—to do his duty. But what if the price demanded is even higher?
“Combines power armoured soldiers from the pages of sci-fi pulps, a world as intriguing yet bleak as Mid-World from Stephen King’s Dark Tower, and an evil as terrifying and paranoia inducing as John Carpenter’s The Thing. A descent into the darkness of a failing world and the brutal zealotry of its defenders.” - Matt Moore, Aurora Award-winning author of It’s Not the End and Other Lies
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It's for everyone, Duatero is a brilliant, amazing novel that left me wanting for more. Sharply written, interesting and thought-provoking, Duatero is the kind of book that lingers with you long after you’ve finished reading it. For those who can stomach it, the story is extremely worthwhile, and should definitely be in contention come awards season.
People underestimate the amount of research it takes to write science fiction adventure. It takes a lot of research to do a good job. As a reader, you can easily tell the difference between those who researched and those who said “close enough.”
If you like science fiction adventure, or if you just like good writing, Duatero is for you. Give it a shot! An easy five stars from me.