I review The Last Day of Captain Lincoln by EXO Books. Many thanks to the author for providing a review copy.
Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.
An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.
Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.
The End is just the beginning.
The Last Day of Captain Lincoln is a novella set in space. It describes what the title explains – it’s Captain Lincoln’s last day. With population controls in place, every person is given 80 years to live. The upside is that they are in perfect health the entire time. The downside, of course, is knowing the exact day you will die from the moment you’re born.
Some may find this macabre, but I quite like this idea. We (Brits especially) deal with death in the wrong way, I find. The problem with death is that it can be so sudden. There’s no time to prepare. I also hate the idea of a long, drawn-out death, suffering all the while. Pardon my language, but fuck that noise. I’ve seen quite a few people die that way, and it sucks.
Captain Lincoln’s last day is full of emotion, of musing about life and his upcoming death. The author also gives you enough information so you understand the world in which Captain Lincoln lives. The writing is tight and concise, making The Last Day of Captain Lincoln an incredibly enjoyable read.