I was encouraged by all the positive reviews of this book and decided to make the purchase. In my opinion it did not quite stand up to the hype I'd seen about it before reading it, but it was still a decent listen. The story is typical of the military science fiction genre coupled with something that's a little more of a first contact type. I would put it with Jack Campbell (or John G. Henry)'s Geary series. I didn't quite connect with the characters to the extent I would like to have. I think part of the reason is because the antagonists all seem to be external to the group. Internally, amid the crew, everyone seems to get along too well.
The narrator jarred me from the story at times. He did an okay job, but I don't think the guy's really cut out for military SF.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
Almost as good as the Lost Fleet series. I think it's a good value for your money, and your time.
Dang good Sci-Fi.
I really hope that the author will continue this storyline. I'll be first in line to purchase a sequel.
Hardcore scifi fan from a galaxy far far away.
A good try at mil Sifi. A bit short on the science and detail of the story. However still a good read. With a bigger word limit we might look forward to good things from this author in the future.
This author really impresses me. He takes the time to answer posts on his Facebook page. And he's Canadian. :) His idea of a "Transition Drive" is a great new take on the traditional FTL / Hyperspace concept. The universe he creates nicely illustrates what might happen if humanity does indeed achieve peace for a millennium. We would be woefully ill-prepared to repel an invasion force. The author also does a good job of showing that different technology can defeat what might be considered more advanced technology. Good pacing, believable characters, and a satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended.
A fun story
I loved the adventure.
I thought he did very well. You could easily tell the difference in the female voices without it sounding exaggerated.
I simply enjoyed it very much. Believable characters, a good story line and I enjoyed the little twist at the end.
I really enjoyed this book. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is narrator's performance. I realize that the technical jargain can get complicated at times, but every so often he would get out of caddence, and use the wrong emphasis. Though its definately worth dealing with if you're a fan of the genre. I hope there will be more soon from this author.
Lots of action
Far too many characters in this - and none given enough character as written or voiced to be able to have a favorite.
If you liked Starship Troopers...
Note that this review is for the remastered (read: fixed the amateurish author pitfalls) edition.
First, there is a LOT here and a lot to like in the action arena. A lot of people compared this to Starship Troopers and I can see why - soldiers, outer space, nature-derivative bad bugs..er..guys. It just doesn't have the Starship troopers soap opera feeling, which is a good thing in my opinion. And you get to see the perspective from a LOT more characters.
And it is that wide array of perspectives that makes it feel like a first novel. That indulgence (and honestly laziness) of having to tell a story from all perspectives when it isn't needed. Rather, more suspense, less verbiage, and a more compelling story could have been told from a more sophisticated, imaginative, and disciplined approach to the writing and characters. At about the point you get a few pages telling random things like how a random alien invader drone dies or a random human reacts to an invasion, it just gets to be too much. We honestly don't need to read from the perspective of EVERY SINGLE PERSON who has a speaking part (or not) in the book. At the point you send in a ground force of 15 soldiers and have to constantly switch from each of their perspectives, it gets old.
All those perspectives mean that characterization suffers greatly. It's all about the plot and each thing the characters say or do is only to advance the plot, and not to deepen the characters themselves. I think that has to be the biggest issue I have with the book.
I also *really* had to suspend disbelief at several instances. E.g., you capture an alien woman, she's the only survivor of a massive battle, and you just blithely continue on and jump to a place in the middle of a war without asking the woman things like the bad guys' strength, abilities, war capabilities, etc????). Things like that were just so distracting, pulled me out of the story in annoyance, and of course makes me realize that character is needed somewhere later in the plot, just introduce her and move on. Ok.
That said, the book is compelling, if draining, and there is a lot of interesting action to keep the reader entertained. For that reason, I gave this book 4 stories. The plot almost, but not quite, makes up for the mess of characterization. There are still a lot of unnecessarily repeated or cliche first-time writer phrasing in there. E.g., if the shuttle is above a 'dessicated' forest - you don't have to use that adjective in front of forest every time you describe something happening there. We get it - the forest is dried up. But the language wasn't too frustrating and I can only imagine how annoying the first version must have been.
In conclusion, I enjoyed it enough to get past the first-time author syndrome and move on in the series.
As for the narration: The narrator was fine, even considering the sheer amount of characters he had to voice.
I've read pretty much everything in the MSCI-FI genre. This has to be the best one I've ever read. I just couldn't turn the book off. Buy it now, you won't regret it!
I very much enjoyed this and look forward to the rest of the series. It feels like listening to the Honnor Harrington series. If your into space battles you wont go wrong with this one. It's easy to keep up with the different people and I found myself identifying with and rooting for many of them rather than one or two.