The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels, but writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation. Rachel Amphlett just recently added book #3.5, a novella, entitled The Legacy Device, to the Dan Taylor series.
I have to say that I really, really like Aussie author Rachel Amphlett’s Dan Taylor series, so I am truly excited to see that she hasn’t given up on Dan by adding the short story, The Legacy Device, to the series. The Legacy Device is a prequel to the series with events occurring just prior to the beginning of the first book in the series, White Gold.
Dan Taylor was a budding geologist that left his graduate studies to join the British military in order to get out from under the competing shadow of his father, who is a highly respected geologist. Taylor is sent off to Iraq to fight in the war which is the setting for The Legacy Device. The British are about to leave Iraq and Taylor and his cohorts are taking care of last minute business before leaving Iraq which includes a secret operation.
Amphlett’s Dan Taylor series focuses on our insatiable consumption of energy, and the problems that could arise as oil reserves begin to deplete and as we switch over to alternative fuels. I believe that the events that occur in The Legacy Device seem to follow along that same theme and appears to be setting up the readers for when the next book of the series is to be released, so it is a bit of a teaser.
It is a very brief book and not a lot happens, but will be intriguing to those that have been following the series. Even though The Legacy Device is a prequel to the series, I don’t recommend for the newcomer to the series to start with it, as it is too brief to get any feel for what the series will be like. I recommend reading White Gold before reading The Legacy Device.
To learn more about the series check out my review on The Dan Taylor series.