Spooky Action at a Distance
D. X. Varos, Ltd (2020)
Reviewed by Mark T. Sneed for Reader Views (06/2021)
“Spooky Action at a Distance” by Felicia Watson is the second book with the character Naiche Decker and the Uniterrae military I have read and enjoyed. The sequel to “We Have Met the Enemy” is a little more cohesive as a story.
In the first novel, which is not necessary to read to understand the sequel, the groundwork is laid to connect Decker with her estranged father. This sci-fi novel has a better balance of science and fiction and I like that element, as well as the idea of space travel and L-speed, cosmic pools, black holes, and quasars. Decker and the team find themselves meeting an alien species which initially is deemed as hostile and dangerous, yet with calmer heads upon reflection they find the aliens are not hostile at all. Isn’t that always the way?
I liked the story because this one occurred mostly in space and revolved around space travel and issues relating to space travel. The science is light, but that is acceptable. The hardest part of “Spooky Action at a Distance” is the concept of space travel and wrapping my head around what space travel will look like in the future. The fiction of the story keeps the story moving. I like the effort of Watson to keep the story tight.
There are so many good moments in the novel. Love the hard-headed female character proving herself. Still trying to understand how Native American languages play in the 23rd Century. Not a slam, but a question. The in space Good Samaritan rescue is well done. The fishing out of ships in space is interesting and entertaining. Yet, the tension of the climax needs more surprises. It was very predictable. I did not feel there was a real possibility for the loss of any characters ad would like to have felt more tension. There is no risk and little reward as the characters in jeopardy are too important to the story to lose. Still enjoyed it immensely and recommend “Spooky Action at a Distance” to sci-fi space travel enthusiasts.