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Conviction is the latest novel from Glynn Stewart and begins a new story in a new universe. This is a good solid military space opera centred around a group of fighter pilots as they find a place for themselves after their betrayal by their home world. The story is a great introduction to the universe and central characters with some exciting action and hints of the central story thread. As always, I think the writing delivers a good balance between the pace and depth of the story which keeps me interested in the characters and their fate. The book did not disappoint and I would certainly recommend. Note: I received a free electronic copy in exchange for an unbiased review (but liked it enough to buy a copy anyway)
Glynn Stewart pumps out more books than any other writer probably. His usual fare is not epic fiction, but entertaining enough to spend an afternoon. Deep character isn't part of his selling points, but usually the plot and the world building keeps you interested. The flow of the story keeps you hooked.
This start of a new series isn't so much Space Opera, but more Soap Opera. The flat characters are even more present in this one. In most cases Stewart only knows how to make characters come over as "strong" by making them super powered Mary Sues. This series, with no magic and wonky science relies so much more on good character writing and unfortunately, this is not Stewart's strong suite, especially this female lead is flat as a board.
Throw in very little world building, weird politic intrigue that is just montonely stated without the intrigue and you get a very bland beginning to a series.
I have enjoyed a lot of his previous work, but this one is just not good enough. Maybe slow down the 3 books a year schedule and spend more time on building story. Stewart obviously has an imaginative mind and is able to come up with great fusions of urban, sci-fi and fantasy genres.
Before reading conviction, I was already an avid fan of the Starship's Mage series and of Glynn Stewart's writing. With that said, I began reading Conviction with a little trepidation... what if it did not live up to the other books I had read?
Well I needn't have worried. The background against which the story is set was described beautifully and the characterisation was also strong, though I'm expecting more character development as we move through what I hope will be a long series. As usual, the action was good and well described too.
All in all a great series opener. Looking forward to the next one!
An excellent read. Well written with plenty of twists and turns that keep the story alive. Good strong characters which I am sure will flow into the next book, which I will look forward to. The action was exciting.