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The opening scenario was so unbelievable that I almost gave up. The mercy of The Iron Bitch and the resources provided to protect the exiles on the basis of her son's presence among them strained credulity even for a Sci-Fi story. Setting up a Western-style democracy in the settlement where the deepest pockets would still potentially buy an election was also unlikely considering the Exiles political struggles against a capitalist dictatorship.
Once the post-settlement action began, we entered the realm of the standard Mil-Sci Fi genre, where suspended credulity is allowed vis-a-vis amazing science and cunning escapes. I shall soldier on with Book 2.
Can anybody tell me what this "snorting" is ? It goes on throughout the three books were people are snorting. Some of them even snort mentally??? WTF . I 've heard of pigs snorting, I think,,, but do humans snort? But anyway, the story is ok, but I could only get through it by skipping large chunks of unnecessary chaff.
What a great book!!! Plenty of action, a little romance, exciting battle sequences and plenty of intrigue. Couple this with believable tech, strong characters and a good story line and you have a great read. This book could be a precursor to a series, I am not sure, if it was I would be interested in purchasing it.
First time I've tried this author and suitably impressed. The empire building tale, while not a new thing in Sci-fi is well written. It's enjoyable and kept me page turning. Swiftly dropped the money for the next book in the series, and looking forward to the third. A good read.