Air Force pilot Vince Ortega is at the top of his game – until he’s shot down. But to his horror, he soon discovers that his jet fighter is not the only thing that’s being replaced.
The Air Force is now relying on AI-controlled planes, leaving pilots like Vince out in the cold. Desperate to keep flying, he jumps at the opportunity to join a top-secret government program that deals with alien technology. But what Vince discovers there is beyond anything he could have imagined. With the fate of humanity at stake, Vince must use his incredible skills and daring to save the day – and keep the sky his own.
Join Vince on an epic adventure of twists, turns, and unimaginable danger, in this pulse-pounding science-fiction thriller novelette.
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Art is a computer geek and retro electronics aficionado who just wants to be left alone. When he stumbles upon an alien artifact, he can’t help but try and find out its purpose. Instead, he finds himself in over his head, in the midst of what might just turn out to be the end of the world, and nobody except him knows the truth. A truth that certain factions don’t want to get out – at any cost.
It’s not paranoia when self-driving cars are out to get you. Can Art survive the hunt, and maybe save the world in the process?
Progress Report is a near-future technothriller for fans of Ready Player One, Daemon, and Bobiverse. It’s packed with action, humor, and a sense of the profound that will linger long after you’ve turned the last page.
I was thoroughly impressed with the span of the author's technical background, that allowed him to bring a sense of near-reality into this captivating story! And it's so nice to be able to capture the references to good all sci-fi classics - Heinlein, Asimov etc - together with Occam's razor and other historical references. Absolutely well done, Roman! Please, more of such books for us to enjoy!
In his Progress Report, Roman paints a very plausible, even recognizable picture of near future: the proliferation of the ubiquitous tech; the societal patterns; the international relations - and the list goes on. The scary realization is how easy it is to imagine yourself in that world, and how far along the described trends we already are. But this techno-thriller lives up to both parts of its genre attribution: all the gadgets and jargon are only a means to an end, which is a swerving, high-octane plot with unexpected twists and ever wilder discoveries behind each corner.
I give my highest recommendations to Progress Report as a fast-paced sci-fi adventure story with great characters. If you enjoy tales, including futuristic technology and first contact scenarios, this is the book for you. I look forward to future work from this author. His debut novel is full of swerves and surprises. It is engaging from the very first page with just a few places where the action slows a little to give the reader a chance to catch his/her breath.
So, this clever tale from Lando reads like something out of an Ernie Clyne novel, with our young pop culture obsessed protagonist stumbling upon a secret even he doesn't believe. For me, this story lies somewhere along the spectrum of Ready Player One, Armada, Jason Bourne and Jack Ryan. The concept also conjures up imagery from Flight of the navigator, (compliance!) Sum of all fears, and some dark issues i read Greg Bear touching upon many years ago. Well done on your first novel, i reckon you'll gather a healthy amount of followers with this one.
Good classic style sci-fi with a lot of action and some moral reasoning. The author is writing about things he knows and understands well; the plot is logical and does not include unscientific details - what I especially like in sci-fi. I would be glad to see this novel made to movie.