June 2, 2016
The Communication Room, by Adam Aresty
Leonard Ackerman works at a remote army base trying to solve the greatest threat facing mankind. An alien invasion that has eroded our species down to very few numbers as far as Ackerman can tell. His base is compromised and Ackerman retreats to a laboratory he has never been inside, locking himself there with the enemy right outside his door. Inside the lab are thirteen telephones—from the American civil war through to Ackerman’s present day, about 100 years from now. This laboratory seems to be some sort of closed experiment and Ackerman discovers that he cannot exit the lab until the experiment has run its course. The method and ultimate goal of the test is beyond his reach for now… but the first telephone rings and the only thing Ackerman can do is answer…
With aliens trying to subjugate the human race, our only hope is a dude who can talk on the phone. He bears witness to the events that led to the alien invasion and his current situation. When I saw Communication Room on NetGalley, I was intrigued. Although the story started out with some action, the rest of the story was pretty mild. A crazy man at the door who was “conscripted” is gonna get our protagonist, unless he can solve the puzzle of the phones.
This novella is an easy read, and the average person can knock it out in 2 – 4 hours. I’ve seen in other reviews that the author has more short works, and I’d check them out. Four stars for The Communication Room.
Adam Aresty is an award winning author and screenwriter based in Los Angeles.
Photo Credit: Tae Kwon