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I have read all the Obsidiar Fleet series and am now on to more recent James. He (or is 'he', 'she', or a collective) has a phenomenal output. Its all page-turning action stuff, often with unexpected twists in the plot and a great deal of convincing tekkie (not trekkie, thank heaven) background. This kind of focused writing is harder to do than might appear. James deserves a wide readership and big commercial success.
But I am wondering, and hoping, that there might be something more than particle beams, endless treks through the corridors of hostile spaceships, and big, big bangs. Can James develop characters beyond the stereotype and expand his plots beyond mere background sketches? He is under no obligation to do so; what he does, he does well. But there is a point at which one ceases to ride a one-trick pony. I look forward to finding out.
I skipped a good 50% of the book. It was bogged down in unnecessary detail and tittle tattle dialogue. Non of the characters were particularly well developed or likeable/hate able. I will try the next one, but if I keep skipping, I won't bother with the rest.
Anthony James is a new author to me, and I enjoyed his fast paced narrative immensely. As a tough military sci-fi novel there’s much to be expected in rough characters with uncompromising attitudes. However, one thing is needed: a change of pace every now and again. Time for the reader to take stock before the next barrage of action.
Starts with a pert, blue-eyed, annoying blonde with ambition who plays the main character - of course, women can get ahead only by scheming. The characters march in endless corridors. Continues with a rebellion that needs a brutal put-down. It all downhill from there, oh wait there are no hills in space.
The numbers didn’t add up for me. A starship that requires billions of tons of fuel to get going? A lift with gigaton-range capacity? Added to an often clunky writing style.. This has gone to my “do not read again” list. It’s a pity, since the basic premise should be good for me. But.... no.