A Nice Quick Sci-Fi Short Story
4.5 out of 5 stars
One of the things I love about short fiction is that I’m able to read them almost anywhere at any time. Today on my lunch break I decided I needed a quick book. It’s cold and crappy out and I wanted to read something “out of this world”. An hour was exactly how long I had to kill and this book was a great use of that time.
43 Seconds was one of those stories that really benefitted from being a short story. Falchetti was able to put a lot of detail into a small package but didn’t make it feel overwhelming. There is probably a lot of things that he left on the table for future stories (since there are quite a few in this series). But, I didn’t feel like I was “missing” anything. Just know that as the story progresses that we’ll find more out about the main characters and the technology used.
43 Seconds as a short story on its own held up better than I thought it would, especially seeing that there were more books in the series – I expected this to be just an introduction and nothing more, but it had a good plot and honestly, quite a bit happened.
I believe this is the first Science Fiction book narrated by Casey that I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. His voice lent itself perfectly to this story and really brought it to life. I hope that he has the opportunity to narrate the rest of the series (especially the boxed set).
Overall, a great start to a series and a really good book for when you have an hour to kill.
Earth to Mars in Twelve Minutes.
James Hayden has a dream, and the Riggs test vehicle is going to take him there. But when failure after failure leads to his last chance exploding spectacularly, he must partner with an AI and gamble everything for one last shot at the stars.
43 Seconds is a hard science fiction short story set in the Hayden’s World universe. The story is a 6000 word short read (< 45 minutes) and is the perfect size for reading on the go.
This updated edition includes the bonus story Silver-Side Up, a 1900 word short about two old friends, a silver spaceship, and a perfect day for a test flight.