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Look, there is no point in beating around the bush: I love these books. A space opera with epic space battles, just the right amount of techo babble, politics, giant conspiracies and military elements. The protagonist is powerful but when you think he might be heading towards OP, he gets his power clipped or knocked down. Moreover, Damian is the opposite of the usual male hero. He is short, regular looking and humble. The action, plot and character development are in the driving seat while Damian is no monk but neither is he falling all over himself for a two dimensional love interest. Instead his love interest is driven, responsible and a power in her own right. As in real life, both characters have to make hard choice to make their relationship secondary to the needs of others and the problems of real life. Yes, Damian sometimes takes on solving problems by himself but he usually explains why and does make use of an expansive support network so he isn't a stand alone hero, but a cog in a machine. An important one, but still just a cog. The loyalty, kinship and patriotism are characteristics which are often overlooked or falsely aggrandized in both fiction and real life but here feel remarkably genuine. An excellent addition to the series and I look forward to more.
I hate to say it, as the majority of this series is quite enjoyable, but this one is not worth reading in my honest opinion.
There are a few things that are absolutely wrong, for example in the description of the book Kiera loses both her father and her brother. Yet she still is there waving to crowds, smiling, even at the funeral. I know it's a science fiction fantasy novel, but that's not even legitimately plausible.
I sincerely hope that the author does a better job on the next book in the series, however I doubt I will read it as this has put me completely off.
Mountain of Mars is the eighth instalment of Damien Montgomery’s story. The book is another good installment of Damien’s story and the overall series story arc progresses nicely. As always, the writing delivers a good balance between the pace and depth of the story which keeps me interested in the characters and their fate. I am definitely looking forward to the next book and the Starship's Mage has become one of my favourite Sci-Fi series. Note: I received a free electronic copy in exchange for an unbiased review (but liked it enough to buy a copy anyway)
This is another great book in this series. I like how the characters are always evolving and growing. I was upset about Desmond's death however feel that the story wouldn't be able to progress as it should without it. Stewart has tied together a lot of the loose ends and small unanswered questions here, but left us with new ones!! Overall a brilliant book and can't wait till September for the next.
Once again Damien is called to serve the mountain in a stunning new instalment. He is reunited we old friends and new ones, plus old mystery’s are solved and new ones come to the front. This book answer a few unanswered questions and wraps up a few loose ends.
I had the pleasure of having an ARC copy and finished it in a day an liked it so much I bought the book as well
This is a story that keeps going up in my estimation. I can always tell when I`m enjoying my read, it`s 0100hrs in the morning. Whenever the author comes out with lines like, "Then they will know what it is like for a Hand to go to war!" Wow! The hairs on my neck stand up! Excellent book but I do wish they could be written quicker or not because I get to read/remember the previous before I start the new! EXCELLENT!
As a real fan of the series and author and having read all of Stewart's work, I feel this book is incomplete. Great writing and everything as page turning as before I.e. the 3 stars - but it fundamentally felt like a placeholder, the first half of a book that may have been churned out to hit a date rather than being properly completed.
I know that is the model everyone goes for now and e-readers allow it to happen, but I'm getting frustrated with 10-15 short books for every series. A few hours of light reading every 6 months isnt enough I'm afraid. This is made even worse as in my opinion many of Stewart's other works buck this trend and are more complete stories in their own right..
I found this a good continuation of the series, i found it well paced and left with a good place to carry the story forward. I love the characters and series and have high hopes for the future. I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for a review, but i did purchase the book on release because i like it enough to want to support the author in the aim he will carry on writing great books.
I just can't get enough of this series. Mountain of Mars kicks off a fresh story line. All the familiar characters are back with a raft of twists and turns. Hard to put down. The only bad thing… the next book isn't due until September.