This novel takes the events in the epilogue of The Poisoned Chalice, book three in this series, and turns them on their head. The Poisoned Chalice end...moreThis novel takes the events in the epilogue of The Poisoned Chalice, book three in this series, and turns them on their head. The Poisoned Chalice ends with a bit of a Happily-Ever-After-for-Everyone-but-Bashir and this book takes that and turns it into a spy thriller.
There are three storyiines running concurrently in the book: Tuvok, Nog and Tom Riker on a clandestine Mission, Will and Deanna Riker on Earth (mostly) and Christine Vale in command of her own vessel. All three are wrapped around the President Pro Tem Ishan's political ambitions and an apparently larger effort by a group of hawks set on drastically changing how the Federation is run.
The writing is strong, the pacing is fast and the set up for the 5th and final book in this series is perfect. Overall, this series, The Fall, just keeps getting better and better as it unfolds. Just read the entire thing; it's fantastic.(less)
What can I say other than I loved this book. The story line concerns Andoria, the Andorian fertility crisis and how that is being used by various elem...moreWhat can I say other than I loved this book. The story line concerns Andoria, the Andorian fertility crisis and how that is being used by various elements in the Federation, the Typhon Pact and on Andoria for political purposes. With that is also then Dr. Bashir's efforts to solve the crisis and get a cure to stop an eventual extinction. It's great.
The pacing is good, the story is good. I like the character of the Federation President Pro Tem and what his aspirations brings to the overall story; I also like the tension between him and Admiral Akaar. That's some good stuff that will hopefully lead to more enjoyment in the next two books in this series.
The first book in the series was good and somewhat shocking, the second was better and this on better still. Overall, I'm loving the series as each book gets better and the overall story arc gets more interesting. This is Star Trek as some of it's finest.(less)
This is my 3rd book by Carillo and I don't give out 5-stars lightly, but this book was fantastic. This is the story of a young man, Jack, fresh out of...moreThis is my 3rd book by Carillo and I don't give out 5-stars lightly, but this book was fantastic. This is the story of a young man, Jack, fresh out of college in the 80s starting his first job as a reporter for a rag of a newspaper in New York and what that job teaches him about the world. He meets aa much older and more streetwise photographer who doesn't serve as a mentor or a guide as much as a stalwart friend as Jack takes on his first excursion into the real world.
Even though Jack learns something about who he is and what the world around him is all about, I wouldn't call this a coming of age book per se. He learns and grows and the world keeps moving and life happens all around him all the time.
In some ways, this is a light, fast read and in some ways this is a pretty tough read. It's both. there are some pretty dark topics and dark things in here and there are some great relationships built and some wonderful things that happen.
It's a book about a life and I truly enjoyed every moment I spent reading it.(less)
I have to admit that I don't care for Hemingway so I was a little asceered. But, I really liked this book. Where I find Hemingway's style often choppy...moreI have to admit that I don't care for Hemingway so I was a little asceered. But, I really liked this book. Where I find Hemingway's style often choppy and sometimes unpleasant to read, it worked in this post-apocalyptic setting. It was dark and depressing and everything I think a post-apocalyptic novel should be. The lack of extraneous descriptions helped paint a bleak landscape. Likewise, the Old Man's half-remembered history of the apocalyptic war did a better job of making it all an ultimately futile endeavor than having the full story.
I like that the Old Man's greatest asset was his experience and wits and that above all was his drive to never give up and somehow return to his village and to his granddaughter. The final epilogue was perfect.
Now, I hope Cole's future books aren't also contemporary imitations of Hemingway's prose as I've already picked up The Savage Boy for my reading pleasure, but I'm OK with him using it here.(less)