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Firstly:me ... I'm 66 years old and a retired scientist (chemistry) and discovered science fiction when I was 11 and still love it. I have a love of all the sciences written into my genes
Secondly:the books ... Yes, they are lightweight with lots of unrealistic technology and has ghosts (sorry, couldn't resist) of Farscape and Firefly (background idea) and Stargate Atlantis and The Matrix (the robo-squids) and Star Wars (both elements)
The writing style is very good, well crafted and well edited The characters are rounded and sympathetic. It doesn't take long to care about the little green hacker, the two big, tough ex-warriors who are in love, the feline sexpot ninja assassin and the amazing, evolving android that make up the crew of the 'Ghost' captained by the only human outside the blockaded Solar System (for our protection). The banter between the crew is amusing with Wil's use of human vernacular continually baffling everyone he meets. In return the hundreds of alien species in the cosmopolitan galaxy puzzle him as well! The ship itself is well imagined, the adventures and scrapes they get into (and out of) are quite exciting.
I also like how the chapter titles hint at but don't spoil the actual chapter story - we know they will win in the end - it's a series after all!
In reply to the comment about being derivative: there are only 3 (or 5) stories to tell. It's how you tell them that counts. If robo-squids and droids along with fighter planes in space and FTL drives are good enough for SGA and The Matrix and Star Wars, then why can't they be used in a different story? Flash Gordon started the whole human (and his sidekicks) leave Earth and save the universe from evil - surely you can't believe that because it's been told once it can't be told again!
Summary: good stories, well crafted, great characters, light and humorous with instances of funny. I'll certainly be reading any other stories John Wilker chooses to write about the Ghost and its crew
The adventures of a motley crew of characters fighting battles in a galaxy far, far away. This is the stuff of many sci-fi authors, but in these three books the story and concept are handled well, with snappy dialogue and almost believable scenarios. The individual aliens work as well, and I did enjoy reading the three-book omnibus. My problem is the writing. There are far too many typos, grammatical errors and mistakes of punctuation, all of which should have been picked up during a copy-edit. In fact, I doubt if a copy-editor ever saw the book because there are so many glaring mistakes. Would I read another of his books? Yes, because he can tell a good story, but I really hope the author reads a book on basic English grammar before he leaps into print again.
This book is not intended to be a science text! It's fun, it's well written (not Dickens but...) and well worth your time if you have a sense of humour and are not expecting Foundation or Dune. Some reviewers have commented on text errors from lack of proof reading, yes, there are a few (not as many as in many E books) but in every case I have been able to easily understand the meaning from context and they haven't taken away from my enjoyment of the book. I wouldn't even have mentioned them is some reviewers hadn't been so disparaging. I'm about 75% of the way through at the time of writing and definitely plan to buy the next in the series.
I was torn between 4 and 5 stars and plumped for 5! When I started couldn't get Guardians of the Galaxy out of my head but once I got into the story that soon got left behind. Love the characters and the scrapes they get into. The droid, Gabe makes me laugh as do the other characters. I'm not sure that a NASA astronaut would be as daft as Wil but you never know!
It's a light hearted read, has a good storyline and isn't too predictable.
Enjoyed the books and will buy the next in the series.
I bought book one in the series and wasn't sure if I would like it, so often books described as amusing aren't. However this one was and I enjoyed it, so bought the omnibus books 1 - 3 and book 4. They are light hearted and easy to read, it doesn't take long to get involved with characters. You can see shades of where other Sci-fi books/films etc. have influenced the plots, but in a good way. I have now ordered book 5, which i fully expect to enjoy as much as the others.
You have to suspend disbelief when reading most Sci fi so please do that if you read this. Space ships wont really behave like jet fighters, it's unlikely that communication and understanding will be instant and easy... not to mention same atmosphere, food, beer...and sex. Overall, an easy read, wont get you thinking or keep you awake at night but I enjoyed it as a light read. Not sure where the author intends to go next, as the intentions of the hero aren't really clear; if it's just more 'adventures' then I'll leave the rest of the series to a younger audience.
First couple of pages I’m thinking cheap buck rogers with shades of the Marx brothers. Bit simplistic. I was completely wrong, once it got through the initial intro to the characters it was light hearted but also some deep meanings. Exactly how you would expect an earthling to act. Read all three book within 4 days couldn’t put them down. Now eagerly awaiting the next book.
Funny, entertaining and really well written. All the characters are believable and realistic with all the good points as well as the flaws you find in real life. Great storyline and keeps the pace up from first word to last.
I'm loving the characters and story more each book and cannot wait to read the next one as soon as I finish this review. There are some mistakes here and there but they are just bumps in the road of a good story. The last short story has the worst editing. Despite the many small mistakes I really enjoyed this boxset. Cheers!