Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Review: Cadre One by Robert O'Riordan (Cadre, Book One)

Synopsis: The Galactic Killer Elite: Since his childhood, Pol Tyrees was groomed for the Cadre, the intergalactic super-police force. And as a cadre officer, he carried out each task emotionlessly ad efficiently, whether it was investigating shady deals, interrogating prisoners, or killing traitors. But during an assignment on remote Tercet, one of that planet’s mystic Seers taught him a whole new way of thinking. And Pol began to ask questions – questions that brought him into direct conflict with the Cadre. (from the back of the book)

Review: I found this, and its sequel buried at the bottom of a shelf in the back of a small shop in Mount Vernon, Washington. It could tell it was just my sort of fluff: cheesy military science fiction published in 1986. And it did not disappoint. Conspiracies and traitors, assassins and intrigue, bouncy-boobed blondes and brooding officials, physical violence and men in black. It even had the required fight in which the combatants worn only loincloths! I can see it in my mind in all its 80s glory! 

The cheese aside, the story is fast-paced and well-told. The character of Pol Tyrees is sufficiently complex to carry the plot. There is a bit more telling than showing of what the characters are thinking and doing, but it do not detract from the story.

This is a fun, science fiction read, entertaining and even thought provoking at times. Particularly when they start getting into the use of the media in a galactic conspiracy…

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 0-441-09022-2
Year Published: 1986
Date Finished: 11-26-2016

Pages: 263

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