The first book in this series was reasonably good. It was told from the standpoint of a guy who was put in a new situation, and how he reacted. But this second book is just ridiculous. The more I listened to it, the sicker I got.
The lead character is an arrogant, egotistical, selfish know-it-all and his girlfriend is a sex-crazed bimbo.
- How does some college professor all of a sudden have total control of the world's most dominant military force? Because he found it first?
- With all of the brilliant minds and governments all over the world, how does this guy speak for all of mankind and make deals on its behalf?
- How does he alone design star ships and tanks with no knowledge of industrial design? How arrogant is he to think he couldn't use the help of qualified engineers the world over?
- Why would seasoned military veterans follow him?
- How does he go to planets no one has ever seen and take no scientists with him, only vowing to "take tons of pictures for the spooks back home?"
His girlfriend is even worse. He says he loves her, but she has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. She's a whiny, complaining, possessive sidekick whose only asset seems to be her sexual prowess.
I've listened to more than 500 books on Audible, and I have never had a book affect me in this way. The sheer arrogance of a person who takes alien technology and keeps it for himself and from his country, essentially proclaiming himself the head of his own little nation. It's just sickening.
While I love the Longknife series and will listen to every one, I felt this book did nothing to really stand out. Each of the previous books hooked you with some defining trauma or decision. This book, while it had the potential to create some real controversy between Kris and the Peterwalds, of heart-wrenching between the slavers and their teenage captor, took the easy road. Everyone's nice; every battle won without controversy. Overall, I felt like it was a bridge between Book 8 and what's to come.
This is one of those books that you'll download form your library and listen to at least once per year, especially if you love travel adventures and trains. Not an overly suspenseful story, but one full of characters as they interact in an environment only a train can produce.
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