I used to be a cop. The beginning of this book seemed promising. Like the first page or two, but as soon as the detective showed up on the scene and t...moreI used to be a cop. The beginning of this book seemed promising. Like the first page or two, but as soon as the detective showed up on the scene and there was dialogue I knew absolutely ZERO effort had been made to research police procedures, and the conversation in this book was laughable.
First off - I do not care how old the "suspects" looked. If they appeared to be minors NO cop would risk potentially blowing a case by not reading them their miranda rights, and having the interview video taped and recorded. Absolute bullshit. The dialogue?
"Listen you little rascals, the next item I punch is going to be one of you twerps if you don't show the good Doctor here some respect."
Are you fucking kidding me? What grown ass man in 2013 uses the term Rascals and Twerps in the same sentence? I read until the chapter break.
Secondly, it felt like the story was set in America, I could be wrong, but it felt decidedly american with the whole cop this and cop that reference. However, the author used stones instead of pounds for weight. I don't know if thats an issue, but since I purchased this book on Amazon US I would expect that the conversions would have been made to american english but that's just me.
Additionally, in the first part of the first chapter an infant is brought in, and the "parents" are brought in handcuffed. That would never happen. Then the character says they're only being questioned they're not under arrest, and he wants a lawyer etc.
None of this made any sense from a legal standpoint. This was not a fantasy story. I could suspend disbelief if it were, but when you're writing about real life things and real life experiences there needs to be realism and research done so professionals who are in those fields don't absolutely rip your manuscript apart for its inaccuracies.
This book was okay for me. I liked what the blurb said, but I just wasn't invested enough in the characters by the end of the book to really care what...moreThis book was okay for me. I liked what the blurb said, but I just wasn't invested enough in the characters by the end of the book to really care what happened.
It started off promising with our hero in the woods, and being ambushed, but then it just got weird. The legend of how these warriors lived and co-existed with humans was unrealistic, and there was no explanation for the origins of any of the other "non humans" in the book.
There was also very little interaction between humans which I found odd because it is a "human world". The writing was okay, but I am seriously getting tired of the hero who practically rapes the heroine because she's his "soul mate". Can we for once have more than five minutes to actually fall in love?
2.5 stars for me.
Battle sequences were good, and I like a good battle. (less)
I hate to say it but this one was even worse than the first one. I sincerely could not wait for this book to be over.
Again, all I'm going to say is t...moreI hate to say it but this one was even worse than the first one. I sincerely could not wait for this book to be over.
Again, all I'm going to say is that I am incredibly over an MC who instantly has to ravage the the heroine because of some psychic connection. How about developing a love story that even if it's "meant to be" there's more than five minutes before they're having the most explosive and best sex ever.
This is the first book in the sweeping science fiction saga by Michael R. Hicks. Like Star Wars the story was originall...more**spoiler alert** 4.5* for me.
This is the first book in the sweeping science fiction saga by Michael R. Hicks. Like Star Wars the story was originally written with books 4-5-6 written first and then books 1-2-3 being written. I read this one first because I like chronological stories, but then I mucked it all up by reading #4, Empire, right after this one.
Okay so a few weeks ago I picked up Mr. Hicks alien scifi story because he kindly had it up for free and I figured why not check it out right?? I was IMMEDIATELY in love with the story. Being former army I am all about stories with some real action as well as some crazy alien bitches as they're called time and time again.
The opening sequence starts out with a human vessel exploring the stars suddenly jumping into alien air space and being greeted by four bad ass alien war ships. Their craft is boarded and they're slaughtered until there are only 22 survivors (23?) left on the ship, and those are the ones who fought back. We're introduced to the brave human warriors one by one and Mr. Hicks does a good job of making them seem very real and relatable early on. Some of his descriptions were a little vague about the aliens but that just set the story up for the battle between the humans and the alien bitches in some sort of gladiator contest for honor In Her Name.
There is chosen a messenger to go back to the human world and tell them of the invasion of the Kreelan Empire, and Mr. Ichiro does just that.
The pace never lets up in this book and that's what I loved about it. It was ALL action, ALL the time. The author got me loving one character and then ya know what, sorry pal you gotta die. Bam! One of my favorite characters in the book towards the end was a tank commander who was bad ass. However, instead of a glorious death in battle or even letting her live, no, she gets shredded my shrapnel.
The biggest pet peeve of mine and the only reason that I took 1/2 a star away was the use of - dashes - as pauses in the story line. There are cleaner ways to write and I thought they were unnecessary. Also there were sentences that were missing a word here, a word there, as if the editing was done, but it wasn't fully read out loud. Those technical mistakes were minuscule, but were the only reason for the star being taken away.
The book was fantastic. Awesome setting, great story telling, and you know what? I downloaded the rest in the series, and then I read #4,5,6 yesterday and today. SO GOOD. (less)
So I received this book free from the author's website, and have to admit I wasn't really holding my breath for it when I downloaded it because it's s...moreSo I received this book free from the author's website, and have to admit I wasn't really holding my breath for it when I downloaded it because it's so far out of my norm. I do not read science fiction books. Pretty much ever. However, I'd also received his book First Contact for free so decided to read them in order to better gauge the story line.
After reading First Contact I thought I better skip to book 4 and read them in the order they were written. I'm not sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing but what the hell I couldn't help myself.
I loved Empire. I wanted to do nothing other than sleep, eat, and read this book so that's exactly what I did. Luckily I was on a business trip with nothing to do and I got to read this for hours and hours straight through until I was done.
I was like a fat kid in a candy shop.
This book is interesting, thought provoking and down right entertaining. As with a few of his other novels I do believe it could benefit with editing. There were some mistakes I saw and a few things I just thought were lazy writing, (parenthesis, dashes, etc) but the pure awesomeness of this story made that pale.
I loved it. I've downloaded the rest of the books in this series already. Do yourself a favor and read this.
I read this with my 9 year old son and both of us loved it. We each took turns reading pages and the drawings were fantastic. I received this several...moreI read this with my 9 year old son and both of us loved it. We each took turns reading pages and the drawings were fantastic. I received this several years ago (4) from a friend who knows of my passion for books but wanted to wait until my sons were a little older and had better reading comprehension skills before trying to read it with them. I didn't read it before hand because I wanted to discover the world along with my son at the same time.
This book is wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time and I highly encourage you to read it with your child!