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Jake's Last Mission by [Haddock, Shannon]
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The entire future of Sweytian/Mugdaran relations rests on one man's shoulders.

That one man, Jake Kavaliro, would really like nothing more than to retire.  Unfortunately, while on his last patrol he encounters a Mugdaran determined to restart a war that ended decades before.  Now Jake – who's never been known for his skill at diplomacy – has to go and explain what transpired to the Mugdaran Emperor in person, an emperor who's only had the position for a very short time and who is already being pressured by others to restart that long ago war.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: J. M. Brink & Shannon Haddock (April 17 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JRLRM1S
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Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this story for an honest, non-reciprocal review.
(Spoiler alert!!)

Jake’s Last Mission is a sci-fi short story that has some interesting ideas, but doesn't quite succeed in fleshing them out or developing much excitement. The story centers on Jake, a humanoid captain of a star-ship who wins a space battle that he neither wanted nor started. By destroying the alien ship he has created the potential for a war between his people and the alien race. He is called to meet the alien emperor and explain himself; if the emperor believes his explanation, all will be forgiven. If he doesn't, then war will be declared.
The story’s main problem is that there is little real drama in it. A few things happen to Jake on the way to giving his explanation, but these issues are not overly exciting, they’re quickly resolved, and they play no part in what happens when he meets the emperor. In other words, there are no seemingly insurmountable obstacles (or any obstacles at all, actually) preventing Jake from giving his explanation. And once it’s given, the emperor accepts it and that’s pretty much it.
The writer, Shannon Haddock, doesn't succeed in creating much tension or doubt about what’s going to happen. There are no twists and turns in the plot that would leave the reader wondering what will happen next. There are just scenes where things are described in a matter of fact way, with little sense of danger or anything important being at stake. While Jake is likable, and made real enough, with both faults and positive attributes, the story as a whole was too thin to captivate me.
What the story did have was a lot of alien terminology.
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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars 10 reviews
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Space Opera with a likeable hero! June 19 2014
By Howard Lipman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Jake is a senior space ship captain nearing retirement. He and his ship are challenged and his unavoidable response can lead to a war-starting incident. The plot is a tale of honor and intrigue set against the Cosmos. We want Jake to succeed...he's a character we can relate to. 'Jake's Last Mission' is a Space Opera with a sense of Humor and fast-paced action. (Review by PanOrpheus, author of the Delphic Oracle and Tesla's Tower books)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Short, Fun, Light Read July 5 2014
By NC Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Jake's Last Mission is a very short, fun, light read. Don't expect convoluted plotting and high tension. It reads like the final book of a long running series, where the reader is already familiar with the world, and where wrapping up the main characters' arcs takes precedence over the plot. It is like the first ever episode you watch of a space opera series on TV is the last ever episode. As far as I can make out, this is not the case, though there are other books set in this world.
The book begins with two spaceships in a standoff which quickly degenerates into a pitched battle. The book's hero, one of the captains, Jake Kavaliro, is called to account for his actions by the Mugdaran Emperor. Jake is a likable character despite his belligerent tendencies, and his charming personality holds the book together.
There are lot of coined words. Several are explained in notes (which worked for me). Others are explained in appendices, but I only discovered this when I got to the end of the book.
The book could really do with more description, particularly at the start. I found it hard to visualise what a Mugdaran or a Sweytzian looked like.
Kristark's Coronation is a bonus piece. It isn't really a short story. It feels like a piece that was edited out of the main story. For me, it neither added to nor subtracted from Jake's Last Mission.
I received a copy of the book for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy to read story for space opera fans July 26 2014
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I downloaded this book free from Amazon and found it an entertaining short read. The story is uncomplicated and fairly typical of the space opera genre as I understand it. Its strength is the main character who is a likeable spaceship commander on the brink of retirement. His actions in defending his ship result in a diplomatic incident with the Mugdarans. Jake’s character reminds me a little of Captain Kirk. There is life in the old dog yet and I can’t see him staying retired for long. We learn more about Jake than any other character.

In terms of storytelling, there is no real tension and there are no twists and turns. It is very much episodic writing. An incident happens and is dealt with efficiently; en route, another potential incident arises and is dealt with efficiently too, war is averted and the hero returns. From my point of view I would have liked to see more descriptive prose. I want to know what Mugdarans really look like; other than they are fierce warriors with fangs who wear leather I am pretty much in the dark. (My imagination says somewhere between Star Trek’s Klingons and Fangtooths from Dragons of Atlantis). I would love the author to share her vision more so I can see things in this alien world of her making.

Equally, I did not like the odd words, especially those relating to time. I know this is common with the space fantasy genres but I really don’t understand if a “saen” is equivalent to a “terran second” why Shannon Haddock doesn’t just say "second". After all, alien world or not, most other words are in English. It seems to me that descriptive prose in general is “out” in genre fiction these days so the only acceptable way of conveying “otherness” is to make up new alien words. I felt excluded by so many alien words in such a short space of time.

For me, as a reader, I need sensual and experiential writing. I want to be transported to this alien world. I am reading as a reader, not a writer, and would far rather look out of the porthole and see the alien ship or alien world in the eye of the author and be transported by new sights and sounds to a totally different place of her vivid imagination. Also, having said that, more attention to settings and the different alien species would lengthen the story to novella length which I feel would be more satisfying.

An interesting thing for me was the licensing of this story as Creative Commons. Maybe I am old fashioned, but I have never seen this before and the author does something I find interesting and generous by allowing non-commercial fan-fiction based on her characters. It will be interesting to see how she grows her ideas in future. Basically this is an easy read that space opera fans will enjoy.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost, but not quite June 24 2014
By Gabriel Boutros - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this story for an honest, non-reciprocal review.
(Spoiler alert!!)

Jake’s Last Mission is a sci-fi short story that has some interesting ideas, but doesn't quite succeed in fleshing them out or developing much excitement. The story centers on Jake, a humanoid captain of a star-ship who wins a space battle that he neither wanted nor started. By destroying the alien ship he has created the potential for a war between his people and the alien race. He is called to meet the alien emperor and explain himself; if the emperor believes his explanation, all will be forgiven. If he doesn't, then war will be declared.
The story’s main problem is that there is little real drama in it. A few things happen to Jake on the way to giving his explanation, but these issues are not overly exciting, they’re quickly resolved, and they play no part in what happens when he meets the emperor. In other words, there are no seemingly insurmountable obstacles (or any obstacles at all, actually) preventing Jake from giving his explanation. And once it’s given, the emperor accepts it and that’s pretty much it.
The writer, Shannon Haddock, doesn't succeed in creating much tension or doubt about what’s going to happen. There are no twists and turns in the plot that would leave the reader wondering what will happen next. There are just scenes where things are described in a matter of fact way, with little sense of danger or anything important being at stake. While Jake is likable, and made real enough, with both faults and positive attributes, the story as a whole was too thin to captivate me.
What the story did have was a lot of alien terminology. While these strange-sounding words are meant to add richness and authenticity to the story, the constant stream of driths, and saeneads, and culinaire and on and on, was too heavy-handed and distracting to me as a reader. There are several pages of “useful notes” at the end of the story to explain what some of those terms mean, but I think that if the explanations are necessary (which they rarely were) then they should be found within the story, either during the ongoing action or even in the body of the narration. Fictional end-notes to a short story just struck me as awkward.
There’s another, “bonus,” short story that comes with this, called Kristark’s Coronation, referring to the alien leader that Jake met, and describing how he is crowned emperor. Once again, Ms. Haddock displays her excellent ability to describe alien settings and rituals in great detail, but there is no actual story here. The essence of all stories is conflict, of which there was none at all in this added featurette. Maybe the point was to describe what the coronation looked like, which is all well and good. But if there was too little drama in the main story, a bonus story with no drama at all was not really necessary.
All in all, some good parts, but with room for improvement.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging and entertaining little scifi May 22 2014
By Jimbo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Jake’s Last Mission is a fast paced novella that follows fifty six year old Jake Kavaliro as he journeys to meet the Mugdaran Emperor Kristark to explain an altercation.

There is a contrast in this short work between the well-crafted and straightforward narrative and a fully realised universe with its own distinct races, myths and history. The author clearly has spent a great deal of time world building.
I found this tale though, initially at least, a little difficult to get into. As well as being bombarded by a flurry of alien words and phrases, the characters themselves when introduced lacked description and their voices didn’t strike me as distinct enough from one another. This is only a small criticism however for as the tale progresses the characters do become distinct and fully fleshed out and I found myself empathising strongly with Jake. We learn for example he is sensitive about his few extra pounds, is a man of implacable honour and someone who is still deeply in love with his wife of forty years, so much so in fact he says a pray of gratitude to the goddess Vestina every morning. He is also eager to leave something of a legacy, to be remembered as Mithoska Jake, commander of the defence force.”

There is a good blending of moods in the story, alongside danger and excitement we have skilful touches of humour, light and not so light, with a fair degree of warmth and sentiment that doesn’t ruin the tale.

The final meeting between Jake and the Emperor is a very engaging scene as both men size the other up, developing a respect for each other as they do so. I found myself very intrigued by the Emperor as a character and with the small, additional tale “Kristark’s coronation” this only increased. I suspect the author has many, many other tales planned for this universe and I’m hoping the newly crowned Emperor features in at least one of them. I look forward to reading more.