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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.
Review is for the 3 book series. At first I was happy enough with it, even though Quintos was slightly annoying. Then things started to go all star trek/captain kirk. Some of the aliens had too human characteristics and ship battles were unbelievable. Worse still... year 2170 and humans can't even prevent their computers from being remote hacked by aliens on a daily basis. Not just the main computer either, magically all the robots on the ship can be taken control over remotely. Lets not even get on to the american revolutionary war aspect, something that would have been 400 years in the past for the characters. Then, when things couldn't get any more ridiculous, lets bring in a scientist from the past and transporter technology. Best be sure to keep that tech safe, and keep the research data on a computer system that might as well have an open port without firewall and root/root for the login credentials. Overall a disappointing read.
Downloaded the space-opera book based on supposed good reviews & then realised a quarter of the way in what was niggling me - & why I was thinking this is crap - the same author as the Junkyard Spaceship series ...
There were times - as per the previous books mentioned - where you just think a 10 year old would write a better story
Whilst it follows a storyline, it’s predictable but at the same time you think why would they do / say / carry that out! It’s really hard to put into words, but it just doesn’t work for adults. Kids & teenagers would love this though!
The characters & storyline has lots of cliches from other sci-fi. You can also tell the author has no real military background for some of the stuff the characters would say or do.
Wont be finishing this series & in future will make more effort to avoid the author. Better than the junkyard series but instead of absolute crap, it’s just crap.
This has been a real page turner... An excellent start to what will probably be one of my favourite space-opera series of all time for sure.
From a HUGE ship that reminds me a little of the one from Spinward Fringe, a flawed Captain reminiscent of Kirk, and a *redacted* who ends up with a *redacted* in his body that made me really laugh out lout numerous times. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Really looking forward to the next title in this series. Tomorrow maybe? Today?
*Note: Redacted to avoid spoiling the plot... but you will realise what I mean when you read the book.
This was a new author for me and I have to say I was not disappointed. Good characters, funny sharp dialogue, supported by a good scifi background. I really enjoyed this book with the only disappointment being the next one is not available to read!! Definitely will explore his other titles.
At the start of this story I nearly gave up on it as I consider it daft that in a distant future each nation would have its own country based ships in a fleet due to cost of such an enterprise. That said I enjoyed the story eventually and will now buy book two.
Having read the reviews for this book I was quite impressed at what was being written anyway I was not disappointed from the first page till the last it kept me wanting to keep turning the pages a very good read looking forward too the next instalment.