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Glynn Stewart pumps out more books than any other writer probably. His usual fare is not epic fiction, but entertaining enough to spend an afternoon. Deep character isn't part of his selling points, but usually the plot and the world building keeps you interested. The flow of the story keeps you hooked.
This start of a new series isn't so much Space Opera, but more Soap Opera. The flat characters are even more present in this one. In most cases Stewart only knows how to make characters come over as "strong" by making them super powered Mary Sues. This series, with no magic and wonky science relies so much more on good character writing and unfortunately, this is not Stewart's strong suite, especially this female lead is flat as a board.
Throw in very little world building, weird politic intrigue that is just montonely stated without the intrigue and you get a very bland beginning to a series.
I have enjoyed a lot of his previous work, but this one is just not good enough. Maybe slow down the 3 books a year schedule and spend more time on building story. Stewart obviously has an imaginative mind and is able to come up with great fusions of urban, sci-fi and fantasy genres.
Below average work which was further ruined by PC . Combat sequences are just a series of teleport and shooting. Very anticlimactic. Everyone is either promiscuous, gay, or lesbian. While I don't mind LGBtQ in a book I don't like it shoved down my throat with every character.