Could the UNF have a legitimate need for an army of jumbo soldiers? If so, something big must be on the horizon, something that is sure to change the landscape of the Aurora series...
The fourth installment in the Aurora series provides glimpses into the far reaching plots that expand and threaten this unique universe that author Amanda Bridgeman has so deftly crafted over four books. Yet, despite these tantalizing teases, it's the heartache and uncertainty surrounding the Aurora's members that is this books driving force.
Corporal Welles is carrying Jumbo twins. A pregnancy that has far reaching implications for the crew of the Aurora and the broader UNF. Impregnated by the brilliantly corrupted scientist Sharley whilst unconscious, this experiment in growing jumbos from the womb could lead to the creation of a generation of super soldiers.
Now safe and under NOK 4 level security Welles and her immediate family may not be easily accessible to Sharley and his crew of jumbos but she and those she cares for the most can never truly be safe - until Sharley is out of the picture, permanently.
As I've touched upon in my previous reviews of the first three books in the Aurora series, these books are character centric science fiction focusing on the human aspect of space travel and how those not so clear but ever present dangers affect them, and CENTRALIS is no different. This time round the character dynamic is heightened by the impending arrival of Welles' twins - of which there are two fathers, thanks to Sharley's mad methods, both close allies and friends of Welles.
While CENTRALIS isn't all about action and theatrics with much of the content coming in the crews 'downtime' or what passes for downtime in the UNF, the action is brutally efficient when it hits, and oh does it.
Fans of the Aurora series will no doubt enjoy CENTRALIS - form me, it was the glimpse into the future which provided a real highlight and sense of purpose to the jumbo experiment.