I am at a loss with this book. Never before could my rating have ranged anywhere from 1 to 5.
First off, after reading the write-up, I thought this was going to be sort of a post-apocalyptic book, telling us how they built a civilization on a ravaged planet. NOPE! chapter 2 begins with "Ten years later". Ok, I can't blame the writers for not doing what I thought.
But then, out of the next 6 hrs, there is about 1 hour covering life on the planet Hellhole. Too much background!!!
Then, the last 2/3rds of the book, it starts to get real good, as they focus on Hellhole. In fact, I couldn't stop listening. But, as other have said...this book as no ending. Book 1 of any trilogy has an ending! yes, there are loose ends, but that is not the case here. It builds and builds, and then just ends. Didn't we all learn in Writing 101 that all books need a climax and a resolution? As others have suggested, wait until part 2 is out if you don't want to be left hanging.
This first in the series is a good start for a lengthy epic. The characters are all flawed, but that is the point of this world and Hellhole is a great exploration into the depths of political betray and intrigue and the traps that the upper eschalon's of society often face. The author has a good understanding of world building. My only complaint is that the end leave me hanging a bit too much and I would have liked to had a better resolution for at least one of the loose ends.
The native life on Hellhole is intriguing and I'm looking forward to seeing where their story is going. As to the royalty of the core worlds, they deserve their fate and I think this is a great analysis of a decaying civilization.
The story in general is a good one, the only problem is the ending. There is none!! Imagine watching Star Wars and right before they blow up the death star the movie ends. I have never listened to a book in all my years that the author did something so stupid. I will not be getting the second book if it ever comes out. The story was not that interesting and I will boycott on principal alone.
This is a great story with great characters set in a compelling universe... It sure would have been nice if the publisher had told me that this is a first installment of a series. I wouldn't have spent the money or time to invest in a very long teaser for the next installments. The writers and publisher don't even leave you with a satisfying place to wait for the next installment, you are dropped off a story cliff to fall forever until the next installment. DONT BUY IT unless you desperately need to be led into a long, dark, blind alley to be left in the dark with a raw wound and an empty feeling in your soul for at least another year. If I had been left at a satisfying break point, it would be a five star read.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy and sometimes a good horror book, I also like a classic now and then.
The great depth to characters and story board. Nice universe they create here.
DUNE is definitely has a slight infulnace with the hierarchy and political sides. But well done and totally new. Nice concepts and story telling.
Yes, he is a good story teller, better than most.
no, I understand this questions intent. NO ABRIDGED BOOKS! Since fiction reads want all the authors details as he or she has laid them out. ONLY MAKE UNABRIDGED AUDIO BOOKS FOR SY-FI! thanks you, ill only purchase unabridged.
I have gotten spoiled with the STAR WARS line of books that has edited music and noise. All si-fi books should have edited sound effects.
The characters are great. Each have very different personalities and motives and the complements and contradictions are fun.
Scott Brick is always OUTSTANDING.
I truly didn't want to stop listening.
This is a great long listening experience. It has multiple characters with interesting story lines that never feel like something you need to suffer through to get back to the main story.
First, you have to purchase both books at the same time because they must be listened to one after the other. Second, make sure you have about 35 hours of time you are not doing anything else. I found the story and the reading to be addicting. The characterizations are intense, the plot lines are complexly interwoven, and there are a lot of them, and the reading is superb. It's pretty obvious from the ending of the second book that more is to come and there are still unresolved plot lines. However, the second book does leave you in a satisfied place. One of the better listens since Ringo's Troy series. I strongly recommend this one.
Many twists and turns just what you would expect from Herbert and Anderson
fantastic as usual