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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Crucible: Records of the Argos is a work of science fiction, action, and adventure fiction which is suitable for all ages, and was penned by author Michael J. Farlow. The book follows the adventures of a small but tight-knit spaceship crew including their offbeat artificial intelligence system as they undertake a reconnaissance mission on behalf of the Allied Consortium. Traveling through the shattered remains of a once-great empire now devastated by a deadly war, the crew finds themselves unwittingly invested in the outcome of a dangerous life or death struggle for the people of the planet desperate to be free.
Author Michael J. Farlow has crafted a superb work of fiction that all fans of exciting, immersive adventures will be sure to enjoy. One of the particular things which I really enjoyed about the work was its atmosphere, history, and world-building. This was a striking feature that sets up a desolate world with some really cinematic descriptions, but it also enables us to relate the central characters to their situation and feel the tension of their mission and what’s really at stake. For science fiction fans, there are plenty of innovative details and fun, original creations, and the plot takes many of the expected turns, but then also flips the script to give some great tension and surprises. I also felt that the dialogue made the characters feel more realistic, as well as moving the major exposition points of the plot along. Overall, I would certainly recommend Crucible: Records of the Argos as a highly engrossing and imaginative read.