The Zarion: Saving Mankind
OK, so The Zarion: Saving Mankind includes some of the sci-fi must-haves: there are space ships, there are aliens, there are covert research labs.
However, despite having these good things, I found that the book itself was disappointing. From easily-avoided grammatical errors to somehow managing to switch from the first person, to the third person, to the omniscient point of view, sometimes in the same paragraph, the writing repeatedly got in the way of the story.
When it came to the plot itself, characters fell in love at first sight, apparently due to simply being of opposite sexes, acquiesced contentedly to doing highly sensitive work after having been kidnapped, and, worst of all from my point of view as a science-fiction reader, the author had clearly failed to do some basic research. Having to cross the Milky Way galaxy and risk encountering black holes to get from Earth to Mars to Ganymede destroyed the plausibility of the story-line for me, and the abrupt introduction of a religious episode from left field didn’t really sell me on the finale.