This novel has ups and downs. It has a somewhat slow beginning, and the characters are completely realistic – which means that not being exaggerated in any form they come across as lacking in charisma and slightly boring- at the beginning.
The use of a professional editor would probably have been worthwhile. I will continue to follow the series as once it got under way I did quite enjoy it. There are promises of much more to come, and truly grand evil floating out there for him to combat in the future. It's worth a read or listen. Not overly realistic or covered in physics or deep science, but the science fantasy aspect was still fun.
Just post WW III, the victorious N American Federation, using new dimensional jump technology sends a mission of researchers and its Best out to see what's out there.
Lots of awesome post war technology needed 'just in case', they almost immediately find space battle debris, and one survivor, who lived only because her life pod did not immediately begin transmitting its SOS. That grave accident provides a hint of the kind of hostile they encounter in the next star system they visit while trying to return their passenger to her people.
I listen to book after book trying out different authors and sometimes choose books based on the narrators. I saw this book on some list online and am extremely happy I did. The action hits the gas early and continues to gain speed throughout the book. The characters are likeable without being annoying while Darcie plays each with conviction. This story really brought me in. I personally enjoy the new Star Trek movies and would say this book best reminds me of those. If you get a chance to pick this one up you won't regret it.
As much as authors try to make language appropriate for the situation (a bunch of soldiers swearing) I don't care for it. I would have added this series to my collection, but I really don't have to punish my senses with this kind of foul-mouthed talk. This was my first and last purchase from this author.
I really enjoyed this story. It grabbed me and I listened to it in just a few sittings. Great world building for multiple worlds! Good characters that I look forward to seeing developed further! I am happily anticipating the next part of the story!
Good starting book. I am glad he didn't make it all about the fighters, it made it more enjoyable having multiple sides of the action going on at once with plenty of well written characters to follow.
Just enough technical jargon to give the story plausiblity. Good action and great characters. Really like this one. Have read the whole series.