The Vast is a science fiction story for all of us who have ever dreamed of being in space.
A long-shot space mission to find "life out there" goes bad, leaving Alec Sullivan fighting for both his life and the lives of all mankind.
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The book starts off fast and furious and keeps going, but the prose is struggling to keep up. There are some great sci-fi ideas, and I recommend the book, though I hope the writer spends a little more time polishing his style before #2 comes out. This one gets a little hard to follow at points, mostly because he seems to be in a hurry to get all of his ideas on paper. Better than a lot of stuff I've seen, but not true greatness.
While THE VAST is apparently Michael McBain's first book, he shows a remarkable level of complexity in his first novel. The story is about a man who is cryo-frozen and shot into deep space, so aliens will find him and be able to revive him (thus meeting 'life out there' instead of waiting for them to come to us). He IS found, but by some not-so-nice 'pirate' aliens, and there is an intricate story about how he manages to escape after becoming a robot and commandeering an alien scout ship. ALSO, there is a sub plot back on earth concerning a build up to WWIII, complete with presidential assasinations and sexy female spies. Add a round trip to Alpha Centauri, and the summary reads like the book would be impossible to follow. But that's why I said the complexity was REMARKABLE. In spite of the plot twists, McBain's story flows smoothly along. He spits out just the right amount of info to get the story into your head without making you tired of reading. His descriptions are well made, to the point where the reader might feel as if they were watching a movie rather than reading a book. The technological descriptions are so real, I would venture to say that Mr. McBain might be from the future and has already seen these devices in action. All in all, THE VAST is an excellent read. I really enjoyed the presentation, the storyline flow, and the almost undetectable use of dark humor. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi, technology, or horror/mystery. I look forward to more from this guy.