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First, I read SciFi for escapism and entertainment – not deep meaning, actual science, or special meanings. This story is perfect for me. I would note that I’d call this Space-Fiction, there really is almost no actual science of any sort in it. For the story line, that just doesn’t matter.
The book is truly ‘action-packed’. As many other reviews have noted, a bit too packed. However, that did tend to keep it on the lighter side. No dark descriptions of blood & guts, just all sorts of events. Others have also noted (or complained) that the book is sexist. In today’s world, it most certainly is. If this were the ‘60’s, it would be called a leader in advancing strong feminism. There are plenty of strong, intelligent women, along with a lot of really overblown physical descriptions. So, yes, it is sexist. In my view, not so that it impacts the enjoyment of the story.
One place that does sort of get in the way (and also mentioned by others) is a very distorted and mixed-up handling of chain-of-command and military discipline. I’m not military, but did have training in military traditions. Things like a Marine Sgt. preferring a Navy commander to call the Sgt. by his first name is something I’ve never even come close to seeing. Same for the interactions between commands & ranks. It is so far off from reality that it does tend to get in the way of the story line.
Overall, a pretty good story & book. If you are not looking for light, fast, escapism reading, this might be the wrong book. For me, I did enjoy it and look forward to the rest of the series.
Well, as most of my favorite stories, I started this one pretty late. Too late. It kept me up for far too long and I started falling asleep while reading. As soon as I could I finished it up and I can't wait for me next one.
Took a chance and enjoyed it. I was looking for something new and for the price, I threw the dice. As with a new author, took a little getting used to as the style goes, but thought it was well done. To be Frank, in liked it