Book Review: Galactic Mandate: A Radical Cause

Galactic Mandate

  • Title: Galactic Mandate: A Radical Cause
  • Author: M.R. Richardson
  • Series: Galactic Mandate, #1 in series
  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Space Opera
  • Publishing Date: September 4th, 2018
  • Publishing Co.: Room 10 Publishing
  • Length: 224 pages
  • Format: Kindle, Audiobook, Paperback
  • Acquired: Given free kindle copy in exchange for a review
  • Amazon LinkGalactic Mandate: A Radical Cause

Clones are slaves

The galaxy is in turmoil.

The Acolyte Empire and the Clone Defense Force are warring for dominance, spreading chaos through the galaxy. 

Devante, the son of the Acolyte Empire’s God-Emperor, lead a lavish life in power. His sole devotion has been to free slaves across the galaxy until he discovers a secret tied to the root of the beloved empire he has served. 

While the rulers of the galaxy wreak havoc and endanger the lives of all, black op teams have to clean up the mess and keep the mistakes of their leaders quiet. 

Danger is ripe in a universe filled with spies, assassins, god-emperors, slaves, queens, and princesses. Follow Devante as he embarks on a path of destruction fueled by vengeance. Who will be victorious in the war for supremacy?

First Chapter Challenge: 5%

In the Prologue, I am already extremely intrigued. Young Devante is depicted as hunting with his father… but little do we know (until the end of the prologue that is) that he is hunting a clone of himself. Is this normal in this world? How is there even a clone of him? Did he end up shooting it? I need to know!

For the first chapter, I started to get a little overwhelmed with all of the new acronyms and agencies, as well as the multitude of names of new characters. I believe that I have discerned that there are two main opposing sides: The Clone Defense Force and the Acolytes. As I read more, hopefully I will figure out more of the specifics!

Final Judgment: 3 Stars out of 5

In this action-packed space opera where multiple factions are constantly fighting each other and turning traitors as secrets regarding clones are revealed, M.R. Richardson takes his reader on a thrilling adventure, through a futuristic time, on different planets, and around space itself. There was already one Genetics war regarding the fate of clones; will this be another? With the death toll in the hundreds of millions–if not billions?

“If they are foolish enough to take up arms against the God, blast them out of the solar system.” (pg 139)

In this military-esque, Star Wars-feeling novel, we readers are able to see from multiple point of views as a new clone war takes over the universe. We glimpse into the life of Chancellor Judy–the leader of the Clone Defense Force who wishes to keep creating clones and using them; watch as Devante’s life–leader of the Acolytes and sole heir of God-Reign–unfolds before his own eyes; and travel with Ninety-Six, Chancellor Judy’s prized clone. We are also given the viewpoints of Dark Reign, part of the Acolytes, The Keepers, the Machinemen, The Death’s Witness, a Sultan, an assassin named Snapdragon, a clone remarkably on the side of the Acolytes (Skyfall), a prisoner named CJ, and many more. Whatever else can be said about this book, one amazing feat is its ability to show a plethora of starkly contrasting viewpoints, all on different worlds, in different situations, with different beliefs. If you are looking to meet a variety of characters, this is the book for you!

He started to think of the atrocities he could prevent taht the unnatural and immoral CDF condoned. I could prevent the enslavement and torture of an entire race of people (pg 48)

However, regarding those numerous characters and POVs, there was very little in the way of character development. In fact, I practically hated all of the characters. They all seemed to be annoying, fickle creatures who only cared about themselves. Every single one of them was innately unlikable, and I had no idea how or why they decided the choices they made. It seemed as if they changed their minds every other second, with very little thought for consequences or morality.

The dialogue between characters was also somewhat shoddy, seeming to just be a filler for simple plot development. Most characters would utter one or two words in response to another character’s differing views/orders, or would simply flat out faint/cry on the floor. The dialogue revealed how superficial all of the characters were, increasing my distaste for each of them.

The machine men crushed the heads of anyone they found, whether they tried to resist or not. They showed no mercy and did not discriminate. Anyone with a pulse needed to be eliminated (pg 148)

Despite having poor character development and thus not connecting much with the story on a personal level, M.R. Richardson did an absolutely amazing job with the amount of action-packed events he was able to pack into his novel. It seemed as if every page contained some futuristic brawl or war, utilizing lasers, spaceships, and other technology. With the very short, bitesized chapters, the action definitely pushed me to read faster and faster, as I attempted to keep up with all the battles and changing strategies. One thing that I did not particularly enjoy regarding action events, however, was that the overwhelming amount of action and battles served to desensitize me, pushing me even further from connecting with the novel. Not to mention that there were millions of deaths in the book, and even the important ones were unceremonial.

Death to the clones. Death to my previous mercy (pg 132)

Overall, this book would be a great read for those who want to simply read about space battles and action. In this respect, the book is very Star Wars-y. I would not advise anyone to read this if they are looking for deep, relatable characters or a strong plot structure, as the plot even seemed fickle to me, paralleling its characters. I will admit that this is not normally the genre that I tend to gravitate towards (I prefer High/Epic Fantasy), so perhaps that was my problem with this novel. It was also difficult for me to remember all of the names of characters and places and government agencies, which also tended to throw me off and I spent more time trying to figure out who was on who’s team than I care to admit!


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