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Alone on the Edge by Patrick Stutzman
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Jun 23, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 25 to June 23, 2012

Once I started reading ALONE ON THE EDGE I couldn't stop. I had to know what happened to Anna and the computer.

The author spun a fascinating tale of a young woman as the sole crew member of a deep space mining outpost for six long years, with only the central computer for company. Unlike some depictions of young women written from a male perspective, I found Mr. Stutzman's presentation of Anna to be spot on in most respects.

The author deftly delivered a compelling story, rounding out the character of Anna with only the computer and drones for interaction. Parts of the story reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey and I frankly admit to hearing HAL's dulcet tones while reading the computer's dialog. I kept waiting for him to say "What are you doing, Dave?"

With elements of psychological thriller, romance, and rollicking good adventure, ALONE ON THE EDGE was a riveting read. I look forward to the sequel ALONE IN PARADISE and you can bet I'll lose a night's sleep reading that one, too!
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