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A nice cast of characters in a fun story that evolves smoothly from day-to-day operations to the unraveling of an evil plot with intergalactic ramifications.
The author’s attempts at world-building are admirable, but far from polished. For example, he introduces new units of time (tick, tock, centock), but fails to give the reader any clues as to how long each one is, and then adds to the confusion by also using traditional English units (hours, etc) in the same paragraph, but without any context to provide a way to judge the conversion rate. This is a little distracting throughout the story.
Also, the editing could have been a bit smoother - there were times early on in the book that the author switched from past tense to present and back again multiple times in the space of a paragraph or two - but either this improved as the book continued or else I just got so wrapped up in enjoying the story that I just stopped noticing.
I don’t know if this is the author’s first book, but if so I would call it a fine introduction to his style. If the later books in the series show improvement on these relatively minor flaws, then this could easily become one of my favourite go-tos for when I’m just looking for a nice fun read.
The first book in John Wilker's "Space Rogues" space opera series ignores a lot of space travel science, but if you can put that behind you, it turns into a fun romp. Not a great romp, however. That would require greater attention to editing. If misplaced commas bug you, and if you are disturbed when the writer apparently doesn't know the difference between "affect" and "effect," or between "composed" and "comprised," for example, or any of a number of other writing errors generally covered in ninth-grade English, then you may have trouble wading through this book. But if you enjoy a story that rocks along, maintains a fairly consistent level of humor, and occasionally pulls off a surprise you didn't see coming despite having watched all of the same "Star Trek," "Star Wars," "Farscape," "Firefly" and other space opera episodes as the author, then you may just enjoy this first book in the series.
That said, despite the ongoing spelling and grammar issues, I almost quit reading early in the story when a prison break is enacted by a person wearing a space suit ... covered by a brown coat. Let me emphasize that: The dude in a space suit was also wearing a brown coat, over the space suit. Fortunately, after he took off the coat he never put it on again. I gave the author a few more pages to retain my attention, and he succeeded. "Space Rogues" has a lot of outrageous content that again and again threatens the tenuous thread of the reader's willing suspension of disbelief necessary to continue turning pages, yet the author succeeds regardless -- at least where this reader was concerned.
The price was right -- free -- and I might invest in the following books in the series, just because it turned into a fun read that held me to the last page despite the flaws in execution. If the writer learns with experience, the following books in the series should be better.
There was a lot of switching from past to present. Short chapters. But Will Calder assembled a crew and exposed just how unscrupulous government can be. Readable but not enough to interest me further. My hat is off to the author .
First love the story characters were great. The bad the book jumps back to what is supposed to be flashbacks should just be combined and left as its own chapter at the beginning of the book. Wasn't really a fan of the three points of view from the heist, really makes the book a little confusing at times trying to keep track of whose point of view and messes with the book flow. Overall a good read and I will be looking for more books from this author.