Super soldier Chase and his fellow classmates are graduating from their military academy when suddenly the Klix, an alien species from the planet Kattar, attacks them. Suddenly, instead of a celebratory occasion, the graduates are scrambling to find safety from the Klix and connect with their families. Chase goes back home and tries to find his parents and his brother, Loose, a fellow graduating super soldier, but is ambushed by the Klix. He sneaks out back to the graduation grounds and steals THE PROMISE, Earth’s very first worm drive starship, in order to escape from the Klix, who are looking for him.
THE PROMISE has a strong linear story, making it easy for the reader to follow the path of Chase and his merry band of friends. This colorful cast includes his super soldier brothers, Tripp, Gage, and Hector, his love interest, Evelyn and his second in command, Sheen, a half android/half alien species Soren exotic dancer. Added to the mix is Max, a Macgyver like character who helps Chase and his friends in difficult binds when faced with the Klix.
The flashbacks in the story are effectively used when it comes to exploring the relationships between Chase and his family, and how he grew up. They helps explain the psychological framework of him and the strategic moves that he makes when he fights the Klix. The flashbacks are also great in further explaining the motives of the Klix, and why they want to take over planets all over the galaxy.
Unfortunately, Chase is the only fully developed character in THE PROMISE. The rest are stock characters. For instance, Evelyn is the virginal, pretty damsel-in-distress who is kept away in a proverbial tower by her grandfather, until the Klix attacks Earth. She does have bouts where she is independent and defends herself, but she is still highly reliant on Chase or any of the male characters to protect her. Another weak characterization is Loose. He is the annoying, sociopathic brother with conniving plans, but his origin story is barely touched on, with small inklings of abusive and perverted behavior.
THE PROMISE is a straight-forward, feel good, action-packed space opera with a strong plot. Unfortunately, its weakest links are its two-dimensional secondary characters.
~Samantha Jean Sumampong