Northworld (Northworld #1)
Now, Commissioner Nils Hansen must face the challenge of this distant planet...a gateway to nine alternate worlds. There, he will confront a world at war, a world of androids, a world of sentient machines...all unique, all lethal. ...more
These days, I don't read much SF, and even back in the day when I read a lot more, I never was a big aficionado of military SF.
That said, I enjoyed these.
Positives: Cool concept, good action, and the writer is obviously smart, drawing disparate elements together to make a different type of story. Also, the ...more
Ultimately, though, the characters are not well developed and the plot is mostly a lot of rather bloodthirsty fighting. Much as I expect of the Elder Edda, though I haven't read it.
There's also a whole subplot where one of the gods causes the destruc ...more
The latest military science fiction from Drake ( Hammer's Slammers ) supplies fast-paced adventure with convincing depth. A planet has been "stolen," a vague concept here, and Commissioner Nils Hansen is assigned to investigate. The prime suspect is Captain North, who prepared the planet for colonization and for whom it is named: Northworld. Hansen arrives in Northworld and his first stop is Diamond, a beautiful and non-violent section where his weapons evaporate, and he
The story starts off slow. We encounter the 'hero', Nils Hansen, and his 'Special Unit' as they a ...more
Fantasy often falls into familiar rhythms and sometimes a work comes along to break them. Here we have a tale that twists things about so that you are left unsure, even in the final cadence of how things here turn out. Those twists will keep you engaged and surprise you.
We have seen works that start with the world viewed through the eyes of children, and thi ...more
On the flip side are the sections (over a third of the book) involving the Gods of Northworld. If you've read the Wheel of Time series, these sections are like the chapters directly involving the Forsaken in their lairs. They are overwrought with confusing jargon and incomp ...more
Large portions of the book kept me from s ...more