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The characters are roughly sketched in, the setting is described in a bit more detail, and the action keeps the pages turning. The story is good for a quick adventure or light reading, but there is not much depth. The science works because it is unoriginal— readers will draw from other fictional movies or novels to fill in the gaps as to how or why the alien tech works. There is a lot of shooting, some fancy space maneuvering, some blood, some mild swearing, and some plot head-scratching moments.
There are a few typos, grammar and word usage errors, passive verb constructions, and some repetitive word choices, but they are minimally distracting. The issues with this book reflect a need for the writers to develop their craft further with continued practice—learning advanced editing, adding more depth (background and emotional stakes) to characters, and more suspense with the plot objective. As the book is now, it’s a bit better than a military sci-fi video game plot. I give it 3.75 stars.
While beginning was okay storyline kind of compelling and a little simplistic I have read this author before and I am currently reading one of his series metal Warrior and I believe he could do with a little more research into military Doctrine, and a bit more research into the science part. I was enjoying series. But in this one he seems to not know how zero gravity, vacuum, microgravity seems to work. Also not that great with distances and the size of things. When one sentence they appeared to be running down the hallway I guess using there magnetic boots supposedly but there in 0 g and, there is a shaft going down relative to them and there are some people down there somehow can't get out even though they are in 0 g or microgravity which is probably what they should be in since they are on an asteroid. There are many many disconnects. Such as things floating well I need things fall down in zero-g . I may see where the story line goes with Nextbook I'm not sure, if you don't mind huge gaping errors and just focus on the storyline it's an okay book. I may just check out the next.
The storyline was well done and the book was fast paced. If you like books that have to do with outer space Marines you might like this one. Me not so much, wasn’t too impressed with the main female protagonist. In my opinion she seemed a little bit slow and hesitant and making decisions, maybe her character will grow as a series progresses. The book is OK will give the second book in the series a try.
This series starts off reasonably well with lots of close up firefights, an enigmatic and dangerous mystery menace and both interservice rivalries and culture clashes. We'll see how the second book goes.