The Adequacies of Dane is the first in Timothy Knipp's planned
pulp science fiction series "The Great Experiment." series by Timothy R. Knipp.
When first starting on this review project
, I was bored silly and became more concerned about where the storyline was heading as each page was turned.
By chapter three, the story began to get a grip on me. Unfortunately, the whole
is not that impressive. The characters are underdeveloped, the cover truly unimpressive, and the dialogue definitely needs work.
The book follows a genetically modified super-hero of sorts: Dane Whitman, a young, confused man laden with his fatherís mission since birth. Dane flies across the universe in his
(of course) highly specialized spaceship and ďindestructibleĒ suit, saving horrific situation after horrific situation.
The author fails to produce a connection between his fatherís tale from the prologue to the storyline itself
- there is no bridge to explain how his father, Dr. Jonathan Whitman, felt that he had the right to inflict his personal mission on his son. However, the genetic manipulation, training obsession, and perfecting unique equipment to help his sonís work was certainly a fatherly thing to do.
The sections dealing with ancillary characters Tar and Ax are well done, but I truly had a hard time finding things to enjoy in the book. The over-explanatory rants
are tiresome; overall, I just canít recommend this book to fellow readers.