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Trial by Fire by Charles E. Gannon
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it was ok

I enjoyed Gannon's endearingly old-fashioned Fire With Fire enough - despite its many flaws - to pick up this sequel. Sadly, Gannon's faults as a writer are magnified exponentially here. The wretched dialogue and one-dimensional characters, the naïve and insular views on world politics and cultures, and worst of all the blatant chauvinism (you could make a drinking game of all the times a male authority figure feels the need to encourage Elena to speak up) are all multiplied here. The good stuff - the well structured action sequences and Star Trekky gee-whiz adventure - is too often overwhelmed by tedium. There are long explanatory passages the author seems to think are fascinating enough to require pages upon pages of exposition when a few lines of dialogue would have been adequate, and the plot tends to run around in circles just to get from point A to point B. I guess the best thing I can say about it is I was interested enough in how it all turned out to make all the way to the end, though sometimes it was quite a chore to do so. I don't think I'll be reading the next book in the series; I am forecasting my expectations based on the law of diminishing returns, the current rate of which seems to be one star per book.

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Reading Progress

March 18, 2015 – Started Reading
March 18, 2015 – Shelved
March 18, 2015 –
page 90
March 19, 2015 –
page 109
March 20, 2015 –
page 134
March 25, 2015 –
page 160
March 27, 2015 –
page 186
March 28, 2015 –
page 204
March 30, 2015 –
page 225
April 5, 2015 –
page 243
April 16, 2015 – Finished Reading

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