About the Book
Author: Daniel Schwabauer
Genre: Science Fiction
Release date: March 29, 2022
Can Justice Save the Earth from Extinction?
Maxine Justice is an ambulance-chasing lawyer desperate for relevance and cash when aliens hire her to represent them before the United Nations. An off-planet consortium wants to heal humanity of every natural disease in exchange for 30% of Earth’s gold reserves.
The deal launches Max to legal stardom and makes her an international target for assassins. New Pharma, Sky Cross, MediCorp—the big medical companies all have good reasons to want Max out of the way. Worse, she discovers her alien clients may be planning something more sinister than anyone has imagined.
Can a lawyer who failed the bar exam three times find some way to save the world from global and interstellar conspiracies? Or will humankind’s future end in a galactic courtroom?
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This is an interesting novel exploring the flaws in humanity, from individuals to corporations to the legal system. I like the basic plot idea. Rather than aliens taking over the earth by force, they want to do it through trickery using the intergalactic legal system. Schwabauer has an entertaining writing style, easy to read except for the legalese, and with some humor.
There was a great deal of legalese and I did not understand much of it. Actually, I could not follow some of the legal process, negotiating sessions and court appearances either. I did appreciate Max's flawed character. We can certainly understand her temptation to wealth and influence. The character I really liked the best was the TheraPod, Singh. A robot programmed as a religious therapist, he had actually embraced biblical teaching. I appreciated the Christian comments he made.
Although I had difficulty following the legal process in the plot, I did like the plot concept, the characters and the general actions of Max. This is a book for lovers of science fiction, exploring a different way aliens might attempt to conquer earth.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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What in the World is a Galactic Attorney?
Maxine Justice: Galactic Attorney started as a short story concept I began twenty-five years ago but never finished. Back then I thought it would be interesting to write about a hostile takeover of the planet by aliens. But instead of using advanced weaponry and space ships, my aliens would conquer Earth the way modern corporations subsume smaller competitors—through the law.
The main problem with my original story idea was the lack of a suitable hero. It wasn’t until 2018 that an off-handed remark from my daughter provided the inspiration I needed to rethink the entire storyline, and an irrepressible, snarky young lawyer named Maxine strode into my imagination and began a hostile takeover of her own.
Yes, this story was going to have aliens in it, but the aliens were not humanity’s real problem. Our real problem was the medical industry. And the insurance industry. And the Department of Justice. And the whole legal profession. Our real problem was ourselves. (Maxine’s problem was that she had no money and no clients, though she did have an axe to grind and a very good reason to give it a fine edge.)
What if Maxine’s search for real solutions to our most corrupt systems led her to realize that Earth’s doom may not come through the cleverness of intergalactic adversaries, but via the corruption of its apex predator?
Could Justice save Earth from extinction then?
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