This is another very enjoyable book in the Wings of Steele series. The previous books were quite focused on Jack Steele himself. Jack is now an Admira...moreThis is another very enjoyable book in the Wings of Steele series. The previous books were quite focused on Jack Steele himself. Jack is now an Admiral and as a consequence he can no longer be the central character of the book the in same way as in the two first ones. That is not to say that he doesn’t do his best to try though. That Admirals do not take part in landing parties and in general go gung-ho on dangerous missions…well I guess someone forgot to tell Jack that when they made him Admiral.
However I guess that is what contributes to make the book fun reading, that Jack can, to some extent, continue to be the gung-ho adventurer that we got to know him as in the previous books. The fact that he is also and Admiral with a fleet, although a rather small fleet I have to say, backing him up is kind of mixing the best of two worlds.
The book is quite well written although at times I felt that the decisions and actions were a bit ad-hoc and illogical. However the book is spending a lot of time following Jack’s friends back on Earth and how they are chased by government (or are they?) thugs. In one sense this is good since it means that, despite this being the third book in the series, we get some of those wow-aliens-ufos-and-all-that-shit-is-real surprise effects that I quite like. In most books of this type those are gone after the first book.
However, personally, I think this being chased and running around back on Earth is taking a bit too much space in the book. Also, the author starts to spin a web of conspiracies inside and outside of governments which at one point were starting to get silly to the extent that I was reaching for my trusty tinfoil hat. I left it on the shelf though since towards the end the author tied that part of the story into other events in the previous book in a way that was perhaps not the most convincing but at least satisfactory.
I would say that those two things are the main reasons that I gave this book a wee bit lower rating than the previous one. These are of course quite a bit personal preferences and other readers might love the “fugitive” parts back on Earth.
On the whole this is an enjoyable book though (although based on some of the content some people in countries like Iran and North-Korea might have a different opinion of course :-) ). There are plenty of adventure and action. The characters are likable and the book makes you keep wanting to follow them from one adventurous task to the next. Even though the book does not exactly end mid-air, it does have quite a bit of conclusion, it does indeed fire of somewhat of a fairly big cliffhanger on the last page. It is a decent enough cliffhanger though since it rather starts the next book off as opposed to leaving this one hanging in the air.
I for one are hoping that there will be a fourth Wings of Steele book.(less)
This is a great book, at least for me. It is just my cup of tea. There are space battles, there are ground battles, there are great characters, there...moreThis is a great book, at least for me. It is just my cup of tea. There are space battles, there are ground battles, there are great characters, there are some despicable and not so great characters as well but I will get to that, there is a well written story, there are heroics, there are…well a lot of enjoyable stuff. In short this book really have most, actually everything, that I want in a great space opera.
As with the previous books this one follows more or less seamlessly from the previous book in the series. There are still fighting going on to save the black hole station and the humans are rallying to, as the book blurb states, strike back at the Ca’cadasans. I do not think I am spoiling things too much by saying that I am happy that the situation at the black hole station gets resolved fairly early in the book. After all, if the station would have been lost the war would have been lost and the book series pretty much done with. I also have never liked those infiltration, deception and backstabbing kind of story elements. Clobbertime with capital ships are more my kind of story.
We again get to follow several main characters, including a few from the Ca’cadasan side although the latter ones not in so much detail which I think is the way it should be. Mr. Dandridge’s writing is very good as usual and it is very enjoyable to follow the story and the characters develop whether it is in space or on the ground (although I do prefer the “space stuff”). The emperor himself is not that much at the center of the action any more which is of course logical. You cannot have the head of state run around doing hand to hand combat.
There are some characters, political idiots as well as just idiots, that have snuck in and spoiled a few pages. There are especially one political individual who makes me want to go fast forward a page or two. I really hate characters that will go to such lengths as to obstruct the war effort at a time when the survival of the human race is at stake. Luckily these elements of the plot are sparse and not very intrusive.
Well, as the title states, in this book the humans do counter strike. Although it is not the almighty, roll over the enemy, that one might think. Casualties are high on both sides and, even though the humans manage to more or less kick out the Ca’cadasans from their space, the war is far from over. At the end there is also a plot twist, which I will not divulge of course, which seems to indicate that the series will take a bit of a detour from “just” fighting Ca’cadasans. The exploration expeditions also makes a new alien contact and this one I like a lot more than the one in the previous book. As a matter of fact, this new species looks like it might be just what the doctor ordered against the Ca’cadasans.
The book has, without ending too much in a cliffhanger, set the stage for some interesting books to follow and still it manages to have a decent conclusion to this chapter of the story. I am eagerly waiting for the next instalment in this series. (less)
This is an excellent instalment in the Theirs Not to Reason Why book series. The book blurb is a wee bit misleading though. At least the first bit. Th...moreThis is an excellent instalment in the Theirs Not to Reason Why book series. The book blurb is a wee bit misleading though. At least the first bit. The destruction of Ia’s ship at the end of the last book was intentional to begin with. The blurb makes it sound like Ia’s damned are demoralized due to it. It is true that they are demoralized for parts of this book but that is more due to events in this book itself rather than starting out demoralized like the blurb makes you believe. It is however my great pleasure to say that the last statement of the blurb is very much accurate. Ia gets seriously pissed off in this book and a pissed of Ia makes for some very entertaining reading.
The book starts off with Ia pretty sure of herself predicting the future as usual. Pretty soon though it turns out that someone have been messing with the timestreams and Ia’s precognitive abilities on Dabin. Not very surprisingly, the Terran army commander is both influenced by meddling forces as well as being arrogant and generally incompetent. All of this forces Ia to take matters into her own hands, literally, without relying on her precognitive abilities.
Luckily, Ia is not only a serious badass but have more than a few tricks up her sleeve. After going on a wee killing spree among the Salik invaders she turns her focus on the meddlers as well as one arrogant and incompetent General. Well, obviously I will not spoil the book by giving out too many details but I did indeed like those parts of the book…tremendously.
The book have all the bits that made me like the previous books. Sometimes the book slows down a bit with long talkative parts, especially during a military hearing in the second half of the book. This did not feel as disrupting in this book as in some of the previous ones though. At least not as far as I remember the previous books. The overall impression is that this is a very enjoyable, even great, book.
The book ends at a fairly logical place after the situation on Dabin have been dealt with yet it does end rather in the middle of things. A bit like the first of the Lord of The Rings movies which probably surprised a few people with its ending equally in the middle of the story. My understanding is that it was only planned to make four books but that the fourth one became too long so it was more or less just cut into two books rather than cutting it down heavily. Personally I am grateful for that. It makes one for more book that I can look forward to. (less)
This is one of the books in this book series where the author decided to just jump out of the main plot almost entirely and write a book about a diffe...moreThis is one of the books in this book series where the author decided to just jump out of the main plot almost entirely and write a book about a different set of persons in The Empire’s Corps universe. There are no marines in this book, well except for a retired one, and except for a short tie in at the end it has nothing whatsoever to do with the struggles of the Commonwealth and Avalon. I am still sitting on the fence as to whether I like this somewhat disrupted storyline or not. Normally I do not like when an author goes off like that but these books are really good so I feel I cannot complain too much.
Anyway, in this book we follow Sameena after, as the book blurb states, some of the religious leaders of her planet got a grudge against her family. As a matter of fact the entire planet is governed by the worst kind of fanatical Islamists who try to keep their population in total ignorance. It is of course not made better by the fact that they consider females to be not much more than slaves that should do as they are told and nothing more. Thus Sameena is in for quite a bit of surprises and difficulties when she gradually discovers how much of her life that have been a lie and has to adapt to a free society. I am not sure what I expected after reading the book blurb but I think I expected something else. This would not be the first time this author have surprised me a bit though. So far it has never been in a bad way.
A lot of the book deals with Sameena growing into this trader society that rather quickly more or less adopts her. This fairly non-military story with its trading, trader contracts, buying and selling of ships and merchandize is normally little bit out of my comfort zone for science fiction but I have to say that I found it to be enjoyable reading nevertheless. As usual Mr. Nuttal makes the characters interesting and makes you care about them or at least care about what is going to happen next. His writing is a reasonable mix between providing details and advancing the story and although I am more of a military sci-fi person I still liked these parts of the book.
Luckily, from my point of view at least, it is not all about building a trading empire. Sameena have to crack a few eggs while doing so and the necessity for backing herself up with some military hardware soon becomes evident. During the later parts of the book the action escalates quite rapidly and eventually the previously mentioned Islamist fanatics (lunatics) creeps back into the story. Lets just say that the solution to that little problem is not obtained via diplomatic channels.
On the whole a very good book. I could pick a few books by Mr. Nuttall that I liked even more but this one is still a very enjoyable book and, as usual, I am looking forward to when I start to read the next book by this author. (less)
The story is not really bad and progresses nicely in this third book in the Almek Manning series but unfortunately the writing has not improved tremen...moreThe story is not really bad and progresses nicely in this third book in the Almek Manning series but unfortunately the writing has not improved tremendously since the previous book. I vas not very impressed by the first book but I was interested enough in the story to want to see were the author was going with so I got the second book anyway. I felt that the second book was somewhat of an improvement but unfortunately I do not get the same feeling with this third book.
The story is still interesting but the writing feels very superficial. There are little detail and “ambiance” in the book and the characters generally comes out rather flat. Things still happens at a rather high pace but the text lacks the material that makes the reader feel immersed in the universe the author tries to create or feel attached to the characters.
There are some nice action and a few plot twists that make things interesting. As I wrote, there is certainly a decent enough story behind this and it is a shame that, when finishing the book, I simply feel that it is a missed opportunity. That the promise of the story was not really used at all as well as it could have been.
I originally classified this series as young adult and I still think it should be classified as such mainly due to the simple writing. Having said that the book have lost some of its young adventurer appeal in that Almek got promoted in ranks at rocket speed and is no longer the young kid trying to fight himself out of his troubles but more like any adult high up in the ranks of the Four Species Alliance.
At this time I am doubtful whether I will pick up another book in this series or not. (less)
This book puts the series back on track as far as I am concerned. By back on track I primarily refer to the fact that this book, unlike the previous o...moreThis book puts the series back on track as far as I am concerned. By back on track I primarily refer to the fact that this book, unlike the previous one, is revolving around Avalon, the marines that got exiled there and the Commonwealth that they have now established. I know that he author intended to make a detour with that book but I have never really liked those kind of books that stray away from the main thread and characters.
This book however is right back to where it should be for me. The familiar characters are back to fight off the latest threat to the Commonwealth and the safety of Avalon. I have to say that, when reading the book blurb, I was hoping that there would be a wee bit more fleet action than there actually are. Something like the Commonwealth surprising the bad guys with a new ship design free from the technological stagnation imposed by the Empire and proceeding to perform a bit of arse-whooping. Instead the book is almost entirely centered on the team of marines that are inserted to bring down the dictators regime from within. There is of course plenty of action going on but more or less all of it is down on the planet that the dictator have made into her primary planet.
As usual it is solid writing, good characters (including those on the side of the “bad guys”) and a well done plot which makes for an enjoyable reading experience. Also as usual, the author goes into quite a bit of detail when it comes to the mechanics of society, politics and how to run, not to run, and manipulate people and nations. Normally not my favorite topic but Mr. Nuttall makes a good job of it and he manages to keep my interest going throughout the book…again.
Needless to say the next one in the series have gone onto my to-read shelf already. (less)
This is a quite interesting debutant work. It describes a rather dystopian future where humanity managed to destroy its planet of birth. Not that this...moreThis is a quite interesting debutant work. It describes a rather dystopian future where humanity managed to destroy its planet of birth. Not that this is a new idea in sci-fi literature of course. The book follows a number of interesting characters including the android ADIM mentioned in the book blurb. The latter is kind of scary in its power combined with its naivety and devotion to its “creator”. How long until it decides the creator is no longer necessary?
The book is quite well written, at least for a debutant work. The characters are intriguing and the plot is quite good at making you want to know what happens next. It is difficult to find a real hero to like though in the sense that it is difficult to tell who is a good guy or not. Cassius Vale is of course the central figure but it he really the good guy? Sage Volus actually seems to be the most likable of the characters.
I do however find the book lacking a bit in its world building. Not that the world it builds is uninteresting. Far from it. The world of this dystopian future is quite intriguing. However the author provides little background and little information about the world. The reader is just thrown into this world without much ado and although a few pieces of information is thrown around you never really get much explanations. I would really have liked to know more of the history that brought us to this future. How was earth devastated? What is Gravitum really and what is it really used for? All we get to know is that the element is vital, it is poisonous and you can apparently make bombs from it. As more tech-focused sci-fi reader I would liked to have some more time spent on this.
The book is very much about the characters, the intrigue and the political machinations some of which borders on religious fanaticism. There are no grand fleets of spaceships slugging it out although there are a few occurrences of “New Earth Cruisers” towards the end. Since I am more geared towards the latter in my sci-fi reading it of course makes this book miss the “my cup of tea” mark a wee bit but it makes up for it with some good writing, interesting characters and a plot that makes you want to read more to know what is going to happen next.
On the whole an interesting book and a very good debutant work. I think I might just pick up the next book if one comes out. (less)
It felt like it was quite some time since I read the previous book in this series and it took me some time to get back into the story. One character I...moreIt felt like it was quite some time since I read the previous book in this series and it took me some time to get back into the story. One character I had managed to successfully suppress was that despicable villain Banu Rao. Unfortunately he is back already in the first pages and sets the tone for much of the rest of the book’s story.
Luckily Lee Pearce is also back although the beginning of the book certainly make it look like he will not be around for long. Unfortunately, much of this book is about fighting the maniacs within the human’s own ranks rather than fighting the Ch’Tauks. It is still a decent enough book but it is really “just” decent instead of really good thanks to this. Quite some time is also spent with the resistance on Earth which, again, is decent enough reading but I would rather have been in space. This would have been okay though if the book would have culminated in a full reconquering of Earth but, although this kind of starts it never really gets done before it is rudely interrupted.
The book blurb talks about the “stunning conclusion” to the Resolute saga. Well if stunning means surprising then okay, I was a bit surprised at the way the conclusion came about but I have to say that I though the conclusion was rather bland. There was really no great victory but rather an end of the current hostilities forced upon them by entities that can be said to have been, indirectly, the cause of the war in the first place. Neither said entities nor the Ch’Tauk themselves were really defeated or made to atone for their actions, there are some loose ends to say the least and the ending rather left me feeling somewhat unsatisfied.
As I wrote, it is decent reading but that is about it. (less)
This book has some serious fleet action in it. It is really my type of book. I loved it. Actually, that has been true for all of the books in this ser...moreThis book has some serious fleet action in it. It is really my type of book. I loved it. Actually, that has been true for all of the books in this series. This book takes off pretty much from where the previous one ended and, as you can see from the book blurb the Hocklyns and the AI’s are about to strike back and re-conquer Careth, or at least that is what they plan to do.
Almost the entirety of the book is about the defence of Careth. However, that is not really as “limited” as it sounds since the ramifications of this major battle are far-reaching indeed and the shape and goals of the conflict will change rather substantially due to the outcome. As in the previous book we are given a glimpse of the enemy side as well and the relationships between the humans and the Altons also develop a bit. The Altons make a rather ghastly discovery which makes the human struggle all the more important. I have to say that the nature of this discovery was not exactly a surprise though since it has been rather obvious to me what the AI’s were up to since some time. The Hocklyns also have some surprises in store for the human defenders although here as well it was fairly unsurprising what one of the Hocklyn leaders have been up to.
I only have two minor gripes with the book (small spoiler ahead). The ease by which the AI’s magically planted a virus in Ariel felt a bit to far-fetched to me. Actually, maybe three gripes because I cannot understand why they never attempt to make more AI’s given how effective they are combatting the enemy. I also have a problem with the timeframe. I have to admit that I have not gone back and really made a proper calculation but I just feel that, when adding up all the times mentioned for repairs, preparations not to mention the “Six Months Later” chapter at the end, then the time to completion that was mentioned of the nasty AI’s “little project” at the core of the galaxy have already expired.
This a minor gripes though. As I wrote above, I really loved this book. The writing is quite good. The characters are good. The space combat is really good and plentiful. The book advances the story quite a lot and, as far as I understand it, we are arriving at the conclusion of the story arc with the next book in the series. I am eagerly looking forward to this. Well not that the book series ends of course but the rest of the story. (less)
This is the direct continuation of Democracy’s Right and it is a fairly good one. I have to be honest and say that I liked the first book slightly bet...moreThis is the direct continuation of Democracy’s Right and it is a fairly good one. I have to be honest and say that I liked the first book slightly better but then that was a 10 out of 10 star for me and it had gotten my hopes up pretty much for this book. Still, this one is only a notch lower on the wow-scale than the first one was.
All the characters from the previous instalment are back. Well, the characters that should be back at least. Admiral Percival is still enjoying his well-earned vacation at the adventure resort where Admiral Walker so kindly made a VIP reservation for him. The book does take some time to get the action going though. There are a lot of political debate and behind the scenes discussions in the first part of the book. We are also introduced to Admiral Wachter who is put in charge of shaping up the defences of the Empire. Admiral Wachter is character that I really liked from the start. He has only one major flaw. He is on the wrong bloody side! Quite a lot of time is spent on Admiral Wachter and his assistant Penny who are brought over from the previous book and the preparations to withstand the rebel advance. Actually during the first half of the book it almost felt like the book had kind of switched sides and had more become a story about the Empire than about the rebels. This is one of the things that made me feel slightly less happy with this book.
On the second half the book switched back more to the rebels again and we start to get some action while the rebels move forwards. I have to say that there was not as much space combat in the book as I had hoped though. Most of the combat was done rather quickly and a lot of the book was about the political aspects both during the campaign and the ramifications afterwards that various strategies and outcomes might have. Still, there is a fair amount of action, that has to said.
I was not sure whether or not the rebels would actually achieve their goals or if there would be a third book. Well it turned out that the author do plan to write a third book but it will not be exactly what one might have expected. Mr. Nuttall managed to make the rebels achieve their primary goals and still make the book end in somewhat of a surprise cliffhanger. I have to say that I am not sure about the cliffhanger since it hints more in the direction of political machinations than actual military action. However, the author have surprised me before, in a positive way, so we will just we what comes out.
As you can see from my rating, this is still a great book regardless of my minor gripes and I enjoyed it very much. (less)
After having spent some time reading books from other authors I recently went back and attacked my rather long list of unread works from Christopher N...moreAfter having spent some time reading books from other authors I recently went back and attacked my rather long list of unread works from Christopher Nuttall. As usual it was an enjoyable experience. Actually this time it was perhaps even more so than usual since this book was just my cup of tea.
The setting is one that is perhaps not too unusual when it comes to this author. An oppressive government/empire squeezes the life out of their citizens and things are about to break. Naturally this is where “a few good men” comes in and saves the day. Of course, saving the day do not mean stopping things from breaking. Rather the inverse actually. It is time to make sure that things do break so that it can be reworked in a less oppressive manner.
There are some similarities to Nuttall’s The Empire’s Corps series (I have only read the first two in that series though, the rest are on my list) and judging from the book blurb also to at least one other book from the author that I have not yet read. However, as far as I am concerned, this book starts off and continues in a much more positive manner than The Empire’s Corps which is one reason that I really liked it. Our heroes starts off by kicking the butts of the imperial dimwits and continues to do so throughout the book. That is not to say that everything always goes the way of the good guys but compared to the exile business in The Empire’s Corps this one is much more happy story…so far at least.
The book also contains a fair amount of good and solid fleet action with capital ships slugging it out. That is one of my favorite kind of stories and obviously another reason why I like the book. The fleet action is quite well done and as realistic as one can expect from a work of science fiction. I really did enjoy these parts of the book. The Geeks, a faction of humans, outlawed by the Empire, that are tech centric, is a nice addition to the combat equation as well. Although their contribution to the war effort was limited compared to what was hinted to in the book as future possibilities it was already significant. I would really like to see the Geeks give the Imperial dimwits and their overinflated egos a few more surprises. I quite like these wow-moments.
Mr. Nuttall have always been able to write characters that I liked (at least in the books that I have read so far) and which have attracted my interest. This book is no exception. The good guys are likable and the bad guys are as despicable as they should be. Speaking of the bad guys, this is another thing I really liked about this book. The bad guys (well, at least the main bad guy in this instalment of the series) do get the ass-whopping that they deserve and it is not just quickly glossed over either.
I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. Usually I try to flip back and forth between authors and between Science Fiction and Fantasy to make my reading a bit diversified but this time I just have to read the next instalment right away. (less)
This book follows straight from the previous one in the Vigilante Series. Matt gets command of the 500+ T’Chak Dreadnought which means that it is clob...moreThis book follows straight from the previous one in the Vigilante Series. Matt gets command of the 500+ T’Chak Dreadnought which means that it is clobbertime. With this book the story has now expanded from the original lone vigilante to a regular war where fleets of 100+ capital ships clash.
The action is as done in the rather special hyper accelerated time of the AI’s which Matt, being a cyborg, can enter for short periods of time. This makes the action in this book a bit different from most science fiction novels which, to me, is a good thing. It makes the book more interesting to read. Matt and the other “organics” interaction with the T’Chak AI’s is another thing that makes this book stick out a bit from the crowd and makes it a fun read.
The book advances the story nicely and during the course of the book we also follow the Anarchate in their attempts to stop Matt. We do not only get to follow his direct adversaries but also get a few glimpses of the bigger scope of the Anarchate and the huge machinery that Matt have just pushed into motion by his actions.
In general this is a well read-worthy book with plenty of action, enjoyable characters (including the AI’s) and a bit of a special touch from the AI and Cyborg elements that, in my limited experience at least, makes the series stick out a bit from the average crowd of science fiction novels. (less)
Alex Hunter is back. I definitely like it better when Alex is part of the HAWC team instead of being on the run. Well, as you might guess from the boo...moreAlex Hunter is back. I definitely like it better when Alex is part of the HAWC team instead of being on the run. Well, as you might guess from the book blurb the book starts of while he is still on the run but he is quickly brought back. At the same time a treasure hunter releases what is to be the main subject of the books story.
In general the book starts of fairly well. There are plenty of wtf/wow moments when then monster ravages the countryside on its way to its destination. The re-integration of Alex into the HAWC’s and the subsequent visits to the HAWC equipment lab is quite enjoyable reading as well. Borshov the Beast makes a re-appearance as well which, as usual, results in a fair amount of action and rather sadistic violence. In my opinion Borshov has outstayed his welcome in these books. It is beginning to get a bit tiresome having this jerk screwing up things for Alex all the time.
So far so god. Unfortunately it kind of goes downhill the further into the book we come. The characters are as good as always, so are the action. It is the scientific aspect that irks me. I am sure a lot of people do not agree or do not care but the author tries to put a scientific spin on the monster that Alex & Co are facing and, quite frankly, I would have been happier if he had stayed with something purely mythological and supernatural. Such things simply do not have to be explained.
Be warned that there are spoilers ahead!
The monster can, obviously, turn people into stone, or some calcified stone like substance. Fair enough. But by looking at an electronic transmission of the monster? Sorry, that is just to far-fetched for me. I was waiting to get some scientific explanation to this but none was really delivered.
Then we have the final, and not so surprising since it was pretty clear fairly early where the author was going, moments where they discover that they are really dealing with aliens. They discover a spaceship, the greatest scientific discovery since fire, and they simply decide to blow it up. What the f…? That is the kind of rubbish that you expect to find in a TV-show or a crappy SyFy horror movie.
If another Alex Hunter book comes out I will probably get it because they are reasonably fun entertainment but this one was far from the best one in the series. (less)
There is no doubt whatsoever that this is a great book and a good ending to the Ark Royal trilogy even though it is somewhat tragic.
The book takes off...moreThere is no doubt whatsoever that this is a great book and a good ending to the Ark Royal trilogy even though it is somewhat tragic.
The book takes off immediately after the events in the previous book and conditions on Earth are somewhat apocalyptic to say the least. All our familiar faces from the previous books are present and accounted for, including the ones the rest of humanity thinks are dead. Needless to say the latter place a crucial role in the story.
As usual the characters are great, the story compelling and the action good. As is usually the case when it comes to alien invasions, they in themselves are never really enough. Almost every author seems to be compelled to show off humanity’s treacherous nature and I would say downright stupidity by including some despicable saboteur or other dark plot. So also in this book. Unlike a lot of books today it is not some muslim faction or communist China that plays the bad guys but Mr. Nuttall have awoken the good old trusty Russian bear. I guess it goes together with recent times. To be honest Mr. Nuttall gives them a believable reason for their actions although I still think they are behaving like idiots.
This book exposes much more of the aliens, their reasoning and, perhaps most importantly, the actual reason for the war. Gradually the book works itself up for the grand finale which, not surprisingly, becomes a showdown between Ark Royal and the alien warmongers. The outcome? Well I do not think that I spoil too much when I say that the outcome is satisfactory…for humanity…but unfortunately not for all the people involved. I am afraid that I am a bit of a simpleton when it comes to book and movie endings. I want happy endings and this one was bit of a mixed feeling. (less)
This is probably one of the most high-tech sci-fi series that I have read in a while. Now that doesn’t mean that it this is a book suitable for the di...moreThis is probably one of the most high-tech sci-fi series that I have read in a while. Now that doesn’t mean that it this is a book suitable for the die-hard techno fans out there. The tech is not really very in-detail or well explained or anything like that. It is more on the level of loads and loads of high-tech toys like cyborg tech, spaceships that reshape themselves, sentient AI’s, battle suits packed with weapons, a wide range of überweapons including biochemical ones etc…
The book is fun reading. It is fairly quickly paced and there is plenty of battles going on. The battles themselves are somewhat different from the usual sci-fi fare in that Matt, being a cyborg, can accelerate his perception of reality to the level of an AI, well almost at least, and all action takes place with time counted in nanoseconds. Somewhat original and adds a nice touch to these books.
Matt’s constant struggle to keep the AI BattleMind of “his” ship from taking rash and impulsive actions, and keep its goals in line with Matt’s own goals, and the interactions this entails are also quite entertaining. We are talking about an AI with a huge ego, short temper and severe lack of patience here.
Towards the end things feel like they are going a bit too fast though. The story really gets a wee bit too quick and simple. New species are discovered and befriended at a rather unrealistic pace and the story in general feels rushed. It could have done with a bit more polish at this point. Having said that it does open some interesting possibilities if the author decides to follow-up on them.
On the whole an entertaining book that makes me want to read the next one as well. (less)