A good start
Look this is a good book. what stops it from being grate Sci-Fi is the ending plot twist. you'll like the book till then.
This was a fun read from beginning to end - and the end was such fun! Got to love this guy - fell in love with his books only a couple years ago and now cannot get enough of them.
Well written, well conceived, imaginative, entertaining, well narrated....then came the end. WHAT!!????
How did we jump from science fiction to the metaphysical? Did Mr. Weber have to rush off somewhere and decided to close it up with whatever happen to be in his mind at the time? It's a shame because although he seemed to have written himself into a corner, there was a huge potential for a series in the same vein as the Honor Harrington or the Safe Hold universes. In short, the ending / solution completely spoiled -- even destroyed, what was up to then, a very good book.
The narration by Mr. Charles Keating was one of the very best I've heard.
Too many guns review and technical details that do not add to the story, that it's week at most. The closing of the story is dreadful, out of the blue it crashes the whole book.
I love David Weber and have greatly enjoyed many of his other works. This one greatly disappoints. I did listen to this one, but did not know how he published this book.
I look forward to other books by Mr. Weber.
I don't know how many realize that this book is an expansion of a short story of the same name David wrote a couple years back. solid twist on the end, a mild blending of fantasy and sf, if we get more books in this universe it will have time to unfold as to how the ending sf part works.
this is Middle range weber, not his best work far from his worst. the narrator is middle of the road nothing great but not bad too.
all over i'd call this a solid work. nothing special but solid
Yes. The ending.
When the fleet commander realizes what he's up against.
I see a ton of people complaining about he ending. WAHT!?!?!? They can accept an ancient alien hegdemony but not the end? It made me and my kids look at eah other and say, ' WHOA!" Fantastic book. I hope there is sometype of short story follow up.
I always get more from the print version than I do from the audio. I mainly listen to the audio versions while I am commuting to and from work or while traveling. Because of that I am not able to give the story 100% of my attention.
Because of the wide range of characters the voice actor chosen did a great job with the various accents. My only real complaint, and this applies to all military Sci Fi is that the actors don't know the proper way of enumerating the military nomenclature. for example, they say 'emm one six aey four' instead of 'emm sixteen aey four' while this may seem to be a small thing as a former infantryman, this sometimes has the tendency to be annoying in the middle of the story.