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The story unfolds with plenty of action, intrigue and deceit. Without spoiling anything I can safely say that this is an exciting book which gets better as it progresses. The only criticism, which doesn't take away from the story, is the proof reading, which could be much better. Well worth buying.
I'm surprised about some of the bad reviews for this book, since it's the best I have read from this author (and I read them all). Not just one space battle after another, characters are a bit better developed (not the strong side of Mr. Stewart) and the amount of bad grammar and spelling are tolerable. Which brings me to the question how an author of this standing does not qualify for a good editing service? Especially the Mages series is full of them, really bad actually. The Mages Series is wonderful, not as good as this one, but good. Again, overall a very good book, much better balanced in its story line, definitiv worth reading. It only gets 4 stars because of the bad (or none) editing.
If you are new to Glynn Stewart's sci-fantasy storytelling, I suggest that you will find it flawed and clumsy at first. His characters lack depth of personality, and then every few pages, his prepositional phrasing gets awkward. Expect that you will need to re-read sentences two or three times to clarify the subject and object. But if you spend this extra effort and commit to letting the plot unfold, then you will be rewarded. The story plots of Glynn Stewart are captivating and guilty pleasure fun!
This Dutch Terra book one is like Starship's Mage book one : it is slow for the first 60% of the book, then the action and intrigue upshifts into high gear with space battles, space marine CQB action, and geopolitical intrigue. If you make it to 75% into this book, you will either be ready to discard it, or you will be captivated and buy the next book. Highly recommended for Saturday afternoon escapism!
Right off the bat I have to say that this is less of a review on one book and more of a review on four books (being books 2,3,4,5) First off I should say that I love the story's, the character's and all around settings for the Duchy of Terra series BUT (we all knew there had to be one) my issue is with the final battles in books 2,3,4,5 (no spoilers) book 1 had an interesting final battle that left you on the seat of your pant's to find out what Annette Bond was going to do and book 2 also was pretty cool as well, my issue comes into how Glynn replayed the battle from book 2 over and over and over again in that the duchy of terra has a large contingent of opponents who outnumber the total number of terras navy so the navy is ready to hold out as long as possible till SOMEONE (changes per book) comes just in time and all the navy needs to do is make the enemy blink and waste more time till the cavalry rides in to help save the day......... there is no issue with this setup in book 2 as a final battle but when it is the final battle for books 3,4, and 5 you start getting a wee bit annoyed with the repetition and by book 5 I am more than ready for a completely different ending for one of the books even something as simple as "the navy and the enemy where evenly matched but the different weapons on both sides would make all the difference as to who won"
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I have to admit, that at the end of the first book in this series, I was curious as to how the author was going to make the taking over / running of a world interesting when compared with the action packed book I’d just read. He delivered.
Firstly, our heroine is smart and finds smart, connected, savvy people to help her and delegates to them. Secondly, she’s not starry eyed over the A!Tol and knows they’re looking after themselves before Terra. Annette figures a way to work the A!Tol plan, to make Earth hand over a strategic advantage, against them. Lastly, she’s not above recruiting on the fly when she recognises talent.
But that’s not to say we don’t have action in space or on the ground. Or that it’s smooth sailing. The Weber Network and Protocols are still in place and being upheld. There are rogue elements on and off the planet hampering efforts. And we also have the Kanzi not recognising a treaty, just for added interest.
We get to meet Harriet Tanaka. (It’s possible we met her in the last book but I honestly don’t remember and didn’t re-read the first book prior to starting this one). Harriet joined the A!Tol navy prior to Earth becoming the Duchy of Terra and has faces fall-out on Earth and attitude in the A!Tol navy. Whilst she’s a captain, others can and do discount her opinion just because she’s human. We get Harriet’s adventure in this book as it links to Earth’s.
I read this book in one sitting and barely noticed the passage of time. It was fast paced. It was interesting. I’m already looking forward to where the story will go.
(Nb: My copy of this book – an ARC – did have some minor typo’s. There weren’t many. I did notice them, but they didn’t in any way pull me out of the story.)
I thought Terran Privateer was sophomoric and had too many really stupid flaws (captains just *don't* (or at least shouldn't) risk themselves unnecessarily - it is sloppy and is a bad role model, captured enemies aren't allowed -ever- to approach the leader without being fully de-weaponized). I thought writing was ok, nothing great. Gave it 3 stars, generously. This one otoh is probably a 4 or near a 4 star book. Much better than the 1st. Too bad you can't just start with this one, you'll have to at least skim the first although the heroine there is put in a much different role here, her (and Earth's) backstory is necessary for this one. I can recommend this one even tho it also has some 'just so' plot points. (i.e. miraculous coincidences critical to saving the bacon). So, the audience is still the younger who don't understand that brinkmanship is a clear sign of incompetence. Always have a Plan B. Never-the-less, I recommend this as an enjoyable military sci-fi read.
Captain Annette Bond had her hands full as first a starship captain and privateer. Now she is the Duchess of Earth and she has even more issues to deal with. Her old comrades consider her a traitor and want her dead, the empire wants the secret of compressed armor which is Earth's only real item of economic value so have given her unrealistic deadlines to produce ships for the empire, and the Kanzi apparently still want to enslave Earth even if it means a war. -- I enjoyed this addition to the first novel.
This one was hard to put down. It doesn't really stand alone, you should read "The Terran Privateer" before diving into this but that isn't a hardship.
The Duchess returns to Earth after her semi-successful mission as a Privateer. While she and her crew had great success, many see kneeling to the A!Tol invaders as a failure and even treason. With this background, now Duchess Bond must pull her world together and protect it from new threats.
The characters are varied and nicely developed. The aliens are interesting and just different enough to still be alien. The battles are well paced and well written. I can't wait for the next book.
I loved this starting series. I am a fan of Bradley, Norton, and Weber plus Heinlien . This series is starting to be a new entry in my library along side them. Well written. exciting and great battles; well worth the price, please pick them up, you won't regret it.