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Let's see: - the characters are caricatures and for supposedly senior military officers, act like teenagers - worse than teenagers. - pretty much every cliche that the author can think of is introduced, regardless of whether it is relevant or not - the writing style can be charitably described as... simplistic.
This would be a great book for 12-13 year olds. For adults, not so much.
I soldiered through the first book, skimming pages at a time. I lasted about a quarter of the way through the second book before giving up.
The writing is pretty wooden, and the characters are all one dimensional. But I could overlook that, to some extent, for some well-paced action...
I have no idea whether there is some in that book, but there wasn't any in the 1/4 of it I read.
Unfortunately, that's not what killed it for me. No, what did is one too many instances where the author's basic physics education is lacking. I stopped at the point where he states that negative *energy* is the same as anti-*matter*. Not only he doesn't know that it isn't, but he can't be bothered to do a quick wikipedia search just to be sure.
Lack of talent, lack of education, and laziness. I am not interested in rewarding that.
This was juvenile tripe that read like a a taped together story that borrowed transparent plot twists a page at a time.
i walked away from it several times. I finally donated/recycled it about half way through.
I got it as a Amazon suggestion. Now I know what author not to read. If you're looking for something to read and this book caught your eye, I suggest the authors: Craig Alanson, Marko Kloos, Joel Dane, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Neal Asher, Joel Shepherd, or Derek Künsken.
They all write much, much better books. Give this one a pass.
Starts with am ambush that couldn't happen, a battle that is mostly nonsense, weapons that sound like Star Trek, a fleet with no general officer in command or even in existence, and an XO with no battle experience. Their destination is named after a large constellation that is home to multiple open clusters of thousands of stars widely separated in real space. Not much to say well about this story.
If you are an engineer or a technical person of any type steer clear of this series. I foolishly bought the first three books, but I regretted almost every minute of it. It is a combination of bad Star Trek technology and silly horror movie villains. Save your money and buy something else. And no, I am not reading the fourth book... ever.
The first half of the book was good. I liked the plot direction. But then it got lost on this murder-mystery tangent that has nothing to do with the plot and is resolved in "Scooby-Doo" like fashion. Then you have this final climactic battle scene... and it just ends. I'm not planning to read the rest of the series.
Amateurish. Cartoon characters who behave in a juvenile, unrealistic manner. No knowledge or understanding of military realities or concepts. I could not go beyond 7%. Skip. Stick to writers like of Marko Kloos and Joel Shepherd.