Taylor’s Ark by Jody Lynn Nye

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Appraisal

The story begins with a lovely twenty-six year old woman who is a doctor that saves colony planets from environmental illnesses. Personal tragedy hits her and she is catapulted headlong into the clutches of a big, bad, greedy corporation bent on their own desires and needs.

If you take the story for an overall evaluation, the plotline is standard but placed into a galactic setting, with an alien companion as a definite bonus. The big picture flows very quickly, but the hiccups caused by proofreading errors, and the author’s sometimes uneven character or situation descriptions, caused the progress to be somewhat erratic at times.

A redeeming feature is the emotional attachment to the primary character, Dr. Taylor, and their travelling companions that the author is able to instill in the reader. The loss of Shona’s child, the young sole survivor of a colony that is completely wiped out, and an alien that faces it’s fears when his companions are threatened, all play together to make Shona a tangible, deserving heroine.

This is a good read and worth a look for those that like an emotional feel to their Science Fiction. The different planets and environments are distinctly non-Earthlike, and the feel of the novel was easily within the genre.

Check it out if you get the time. Even with errors, the storyline is unique enough to make you want to finish reading the novel.

Pros

A space-based crime drama, on a scale ranging from one unborn child, to a planet with thousands of colonists, takes the reader on a journey between deceit and honesty. Dr. Taylor grabs you as someone you can pull for and sympathize with as the author builds her character and those around her with excellent imagery of words.

The author uses our emotions to pull us along the storyline and draw you into the moment. The personal tragedy of the main character, Shona Taylor, immediately sets her up as our heroine, so we all care what happens to her.

Adding pets that are not normally found in space into a zoo-like atmosphere gives the story a ‘personal touch’ that brings out the animal lover in all of us.

Cons

A lot of detail is included about the medical usefulness of the dog that Shona has as a pet and teammate. The importance of the animal is stressed repeatedly and yet it remains unclear if she is just a pet, or there really is some purpose for her being there. Too much ado about nothing as the novel ends.

The storyline was not very even with many ups and downs as far as the pace. The biggest slowdowns occurred when the author changed up and went into heavier detail about a scenario or location, than what we had become accustomed to up until then.

Another issue with the pace comes from spelling and proofreading errors. There are misspelled words, incorrect words, and missing words scattered throughout the novel. These spots bring the pace to a dead stop in some instances forcing the reader to evaluate what was written to attempt to determine what was supposed to have been conveyed.

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