Sunday, January 31, 2010
The Crimson Tower
THE CRIMSON TOWER
By: Alex Marshall
This review is based on a review copy provided by Kim Richards of Damnation Books in exchange for review, all reviews being my own opinion without guarantee or assumption of liking or disliking.
The Crimson Tower by Alex Marshall is a thirty-three page science fiction short story. This is Mr. Marshall’s first published work, but I suspect we’ll be seeing more from him in the future. This is a well-written futuristic novel with well developed characters and a believable plot. The reader can easily envision the world Mr. Marshall has created where the sun is in its final throes, and the world as we know it is coming to an end.
Centuries of war have created an atmosphere that is unsuitable for life. People are reduced to wearing full mechanized armor and life supporting helmets. No one dares go outdoors. There is no green grass or blue sky.
How did Earth get to this point? The main character, Lord Limbold finds the answer when he uses ancient technology to interrogate a prisoner, one of the dreaded Hattooshan. The long held belief that they were an alien race is also a closely guarded lie. Lord Limbold is an aged weapons master, and yet when called upon to create the ultimate weapon to destroy the Hattooshan, he finds he cannot do this. Instead, he works to create a weapon to save humanity and right the wrongs that have brought Earth to the devastation he sees outside his Crimson Tower.
Although the council of war lords and the Vice Chancellor have entrusted Lord Limbold with creating the weapon to save them, Lord Limbold rebels. Read The Crimson Tower to learn what secret has been hidden away and if Lord Limbold is successful in his attempt to save the Earth.