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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Replicants by Gerry Burke is a gripping sci-fi story with a well-defined setting and great characters. The planet Schmoo, the last planet before heaven, has been destroyed by a seismic cataclysm, and its inhabitants are quickly moving to earth for refuge. Now, apart from the Hudson River, the aliens are in other countries, including France, Switzerland, Mongolia, and Indonesia. Their presence, skills, and their ability to replicate quickly are a serious cause for concern. While the Homeland Security agent Calvin Swift and his girlfriend, Alicia Angelico, are fully involved with the Intergalactic Games held once in a millennium, they have to find solutions to the threat the aliens pose, and they need to do so fast.
There is so much to enjoy in Gerry Burke’s novel. First, the prose is stellar and the author doesn’t force dialogue where it is not warranted. The setting comes through clearly and neatly throughout the narrative. The reader can feel the measured balance between the different elements of the novel, the gripping plot, the wonderful setting, and the awesome characters. I was completely absorbed in the narrative, in the author's unique, inimitable style, and the writing that conjures up powerful images in the minds of readers. I read this novel from cover to cover, and was utterly immersed in the action. Readers will love the characters and how agents Calvin Swift and Alicia Angelico deal with the dilemma. The conflict is well-developed and the reader is keen on seeing its denouement. The Replicants is entertaining and delightful and readers can easily relate with most of the characters.