Confession: I'm an Honorverse fan. If you'r reading this, chances are you are too. This is not the first book I would recommend to someone I'm trying to introduce to the Honorverse. It is however a GREAT companion to the first several Honor books. We hear the back story to Honor's distant relative who settled on Sphinx. We also get a primer on the physics and math behind the methods of travel used in the books. In short, if you're already a fan of Honorverse books - this is a great book that will fill in many of the holes in the back story. The performance, is as good as the writing, but in spots can drag.
This book, the conclusion to the trilogy that starts with Leviathan continues with Behemoth and ends with this book. This series is well written, well read and an excellent series in the historical fiction genre. This series weaves historical events, steam punk, a wee bit of science fiction and a serious amount of imagination into a wonderful tapestry of fiction. This series is recommended highly.
Leviathan left me with baited breath- wondering what the Barking Spiders was going to happen! Behemoth is a great follow up - and I'm about to start the third book now! In short - if you like well written historical fiction - this is a great series.
Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan is a wonderful book. I have read many books with alternative histories and 'Historical Fiction' - this one is one of the better ones. Throw in the steam (and diesel) punk alternative methods of powering technology and I find this book to be fascinating. I'm so excited by this that I'm already downloading the second book! The detail level is just right - believable but not over done. The performance, great. In short - if you like historical fiction, steam punk, or both, get this book!
Well written - well read - an enjoyable story set in the modern day with modern troops. Detailed enough to make one feel like you are there, but not bogged down. Strong characters, compelling story - an excellent read.
This book fills in events from the former Syndicate view in Midway Star System. Its interesting - its even a good read. However, the total lack of 'Black Jack' leaves one wondering where he is. Its not a bad read - but it is not one that I would choose to introduce this universe to someone who was new to the Lost Fleet. Well read - well written, but lacking punch in some areas.
Not all of the Worlds of Honor books have held, in my opinion, the highest of standards. This one does. It adds some more stories to the already diverse Honorverse - and does it beautifully. All Honorverse fans should read this book - you'll enjoy it!
Its easy to assume that on the third book of a series that is a spin off of another series one might have lost their creativity - new and interesting challenges for the characters might be hard to come by. Not so. John G. Hemry (aka Jack Campbell) takes us on a great chapter journeying where in so many ways, Humanity has never been before. Picking up where the last Beyond the Frontier Book left off - Invincible - this story ends with almost endless options for where Black Jack and the fleet will go from there. This book doesn't make a lot of sense without reading the previous two Beyond the Frontier books, Dreadnaught and Invincible but I would suggest going back even further to the Lost Fleet series, before I'd start with the Beyond the Frontier books. Great narration - wonderfully written - with an authentic feel to the tactics, physics and political environment that all the books in these two series have been known for. Enjoy!
I'm a fan of American Chopper - and of course, that means that I enjoy hearing backstory about the Teutul's. This book is not what I'd expect - it contains a mix of biography and business lessons - that - well - frankly should be obvious to anyone who has been in business. Not a bad book, but not a how-to guide on building a business. A few jewels of wisdom, but not a blow by blow guide.
This book is a great fill in to the back story and alternative points of view of the events in other Honorverse books. Here is my complaint: The last narrator - L.J. Ganser - although a good reader is either correctly or incorrectly pronouncing one of the main character's names. I assume since he is the one who is pronouncing it differently, that he is the one pronouncing it incorrectly. This is annoying and truly interrupts the story. Besides that - this is a quality production and well written. Honorverse fans like myself will enjoy this one.
I don't think there is a way to over state the fact that the collective works of Sherlock Holmes have had a HUGE impact on literature. Many of the plots could be transplanted to New York City and appear on an episode of the TV Show 'Law and Order' - it is not a cliche to say that these stories are timeless. Primarily written as short stories and published as such, the short format is mastered by these works. I cannot find anything I would change or improve about these stories - they are a must read!
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