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The main story line is worth the read if you like space adventures. It has a decent twist on some technological ideas and a fair bit of action. A down side for me would be the somewhat preachy tone about sexualities, genders, tolerance etc. that the author throws in there. It detracted from the storyline and was a bit irritating... That said, I still gave it 4*. Worth a read... Just skim over the irritating lectures.
This series starts with the elimination of a species and ends with a plan for reparation. I actually like the hard science explanations of thrust, acceleration and inertial imperatives that dot the pages though my four stars centre on the fact that many of the species mentioned are not fleshed out enough to remain memorable of even necessary for the storyline to move forward. I can only hope they get a more deserving role in coming books to make a five star read.
It was an enjoyable read. The plot has complexities that make for a solid narrative. The characters are a little thin, but as the first novel of a series it didn’t *over* introduce and describe them, leaving something for the future.
There was something that failed to ring true about many of the military interactions. A lack of intensity or that little bit of snap. Maybe it was a missing character, that Chief who growls or the XO who seems merciless. They started out complaining about getting the dregs of the fleet and managed to gloss over that almost instantly. It was a sub plot that was almost ignored as soon as it was established and it left a hole in the development of the story.
I still liked it. I just think it could have been better. I will likely preorder the next novel.
There's a lot to love in this universe. Victory over a truly alien species. Fascinating tech. Battles in space. Different alien allies trying to make a peaceful future. But at the same time it's all kind of dull exposition leading up to the rest of the series. It doesn't feel like a whole lot happens, but what does happen has to happen for the point of the plot moving forward. I've read at least one of the other books in this series, and enjoyed them a *lot* more than this one. So, if you read this and felt "meh" at the end? Don't let that stop you from reading book two. Or the rest of Stewart's works, all of which (even including this one) are truly fantastic worlds and stories.
Most enjoyable read! Space War/Space Opera shoot-em-up (without paranormal elements) written in Glynn's excellent story-telling style. What happens when the only thing holding an alliance together is a common enemy and that enemy is defeated?
Three and three quarter stars. A good book and what looks to be the start of an interesting universe. It was however very slow to build. There are several characters of interest and a strange new environment. I like were Stewart is going here and glad I stuck it out to the end.
As I said it was a slow start and I mean very slow. I almost put the book down for good a couple times. This wasn't any sort of problem with pacing, it is just such a unique universe it took a very long time to build the details. Once the the core action wraps up with the climax, the end moves along briskly and builds up a great interest for future works. Nothing is rushed, but the flow of the characters and action finally return to what I am more used to with one for Stewart's books. Stick with it, you will be happy in the end.
It looks like the introductory book of a series. It's well written and has good character formation. I enjoyed reading it, and look forward to the next one to see what the build-up volume was all about. Obviously, the concept is pretty standard space opera, but these days it's pretty much impossible to find an absolutely original plot, so be happy to find one that's entertaining.
This was a great book. I believe it's going to be a great series. I thought at first it was a little slow but when it picked up, boy did it fly. I really do enjoy the idea of Peacekeepers of Soul. And I hope that I don't have to wait long for the next book. Oh, I think I've already got the book. Okay I'm off to read the next 1. Thank you .
Glynn has created a new universe with endless possibilities. The stage is now set for a lot of potential plots. The book starts with a bang and then opens like a flower to show the pretties inside. Give it a try and you’ll like it.
I revived an advance review copy but bought a copy for my own library as soon as I could.
The storyline was interesting and maintained appeal in spite of multiple grammatical errors in the prose. Decent character development and acceptable tech advancements. Battles were engaging without being overly complex or bloody. This book ends agreeably with a slight push into the next installment.