Very good character development as always wiith S.King. The ending is one of his very best.
I liked the book and really liked the ending; but there is a logical flaw with the premise. Lot of his objective would have been accomplished as an anonomous informant to the Secret Service. He could have oulined Oswald's movements and actions so well in advance, that it's no way they wouldn't look preplanned.
The theme of this book is very relevant. We are rapidly approaching a time when technology will penetrate our physical defenses. You actually see stories in the news now about sending thoughts across country via the internet. Well this book rightly points out the downside potential. Namely, the id (as in the movie Forbidden Planet). But the author get's so wrapped up in describing act of cruelty, that I couldn't recommend this book. For as I'm concerned, he wasted a good opportunity.
This book keeps you engaged, and just when you think you've got it figured-out - WRONG!. I'm happy I waited till book 3 to finish writing the review (even though I would have given books 1 & 2 five stars). In truth, book 2 started as a disappointment. I appeared to be some kind of Prepper's documentary- but it wasn't. It ended as a modern nightmare scenario where all fears exist (hint).
But, as I said before, it would make a great. movie- a BLOCKBUSTER!
Maybe I would just try another book from this author
more historical background on nemesis
good mix of characters, but a little too much territory (almost reads like the author really is beginning a the X-files series in which you have to keep watching to fill in the gaps).
I would rate this book a 3-star if not for the author's track record. Basically, the book re-introduces the Cobra as the underdog, who's biggest weapon is between their ears. Hopefully the next book will build on this.
As I said in my review of book 3 (that was released 1st), the author has a LAZY writing style: good ideas but no thorough review. This causes regrettable transgressions. The most glaring in this book was people from a low gravity environment completing their daily tasks in a 3-Earth gravity environment. So, say you're a 200lb man, that would be like carrying around a 400# weight in addition to your normal body weight. Also, sometimes I get the feeling he's writing for a young audience. I'm out.
I see this book as a reintroduction of the Star Force Series. I guess the author had no choice if he wanted to move on pass the man-machine war. So; the author essentially did what he did in the 1st book; unleash the protagonist with un-earned advanced technology.
We'll have to see what happened in book 9 to judge this new direction.
Have you ever wondered what happened after Captain Kirk left the bearded Mr. Spock in charge after giving him a powerful weapon system and a sexy concubine...... well this is it.
Great ending (almost too good), sequel has "High Bar"
Scalzi is a good writer and Dufris is one of my favorite narrators and even the story's plot is good. But, it's written like a screen-play. For example, imagine that there are 4 soldiers discussing the enemy:Jack said, "Let's move out". BIll said," OK". Dave said, "Great!". But, Larry said, "I don't think we've thought this through", and looked down at his feet. Jack said, "What's on your mind Larry"? Dave said, " Yea Larry, why not"!? Bill snorted .
Seriously, and it goes on that way through most of the book. Maybe Scalzi should re-write it as a novel.
First, I agree with the reviews that the novel is very well written and narrated. But, the content may not be good for one's mental health. I think there is a lot of value to displaying the folly of tribalism, but it goes on a bit to long. It's like if Robert Frost decided to write a 1000 page novel instead of his poem "Design".
The thesis was not thought through very well at all. The author uses the term "SCIENCE", as though he were speaking about a religion and not a structured method of determining cause and effect. For example he writes, [Athough SCIENCE has sometimes exhibited racist or sexist ideas...."]. Science does not exhibit any ideas; people do. But, if you replace the word SCIENCE, with any of the world's religions, the sentence may have some validity.The author uses words like SCIENCE, MORALITY, ETHICS, WELL-BEING, all as uppercase nouns [Science ordered a BLT sandwich at the Deli, even as Islam still maintains it is wrong to eat pork; and by-the-way, some people are still circumcising there little girls]. This kind of thing goes on thoughout the book. I bought this book because I really enjoyed his other book "The End of Faith". But I really wish someone close (such as a friend or editor), would have given him a few constructive boots in the pants.
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