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Fearless by Jack Campbell
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Mar 17, 2010

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bookshelves: sci-fi
Read in January, 2009

The problem I have with this book (and the series so far) is that it's much the same as the first. A space battle, a mutiny thrown in which is never resolved, a jump, another space battle, a painfully awkward romance between Jack Geary and Victoria Rione, and that's about it. I like the way Campbell (Hemry) handles the space battles but they are getting repetitive and the Alliance always wins. The inclusion of the jump gates as potential weapons is a nice concept but undeveloped. Likewise the romance was a long time coming (no pun intended) and when we get there it's really rather dry to the point I wondered what they saw in each other. The other characters seem to exist mostly as props, and there is no overriding mythology driving the action, it seems like paint-by-numbers. The mutiny looked like it would raise the stakes but by the end of the book I'd completely forgotten about it. The stakes need to be raised, and soon, or this will become a series I just won't follow any more.

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