The series good potential, but the plot drags with a lot of redundant space battles and political conflict. The very last paragraph was very good. I guess that's some kind of promise that the next installment will be better. I'm not convinced.
I was tempted to give the book a 5 star rating because it is entertaining. But, a lot of the plot is just so juvenile (unrealistic), that I just couldn't see it. The main character (Castillo), is a bit of an anti-hero who's poor decisions generally ends up with his people getting killed. Also, old Star-Trek episodes often come to mind through-out the book. The narrator doesn't seem that experienced, but his performance doesn't detract that much. Finally, one can't miss the irony of them setting out for Pitcairn Island (Mutiny of the Bounty), because of all of Castillo's bad decisions.
75% of this book is poor-to-fair (approx. 3 rating); but the last hour, and some of the other ½ day sours to a 5 rating. Too much (way...way..too much!) of the story deals with sex slavery.It's getting a little annoying in fact. How is it that people don't have good food to eat, no health care, and no hope; but every toothless stupid pirate's got their very own sex slave on a leash; or a lobotomized female vaginal delivery system! I don't know if the author feels he needs such sins to justify blowing someone's head off, but I'm beginning to wish he was a little bit less genteel, and would just say, "They were against us.....so we killed them."
I likely would have rated it a 5 if not for the last 3 sentences. Otherwise, I found a lot that I could agree with. The book accurately depicts the spiritual decline of man, an offers practical options for improvement. I think the main idea is to understand why the methods promoted in the book would work in the 1st place rather than to become fixated on the methods themselves.
This book appears to be misplaced in the SciFi genre category; it is very different from Books 1 & 2. I didn't like it, but I generally stay away from Fantasy books.
The problem is not the narration as some have claimed. William Dufris is one of the best narrators as is Scott Brick. The problem is the thin story that only appears to function as the basis for the characters to travel the globe. Some times I almost imagined I was listening to one of Bill Bryon's books except with more killing and explosions. I don't think it is a bad travel book and there is a lot of good geographical information. But, I think I'll pass on the other Quinn books.
Writing is good and narration is great, but maybe not for those (like me) who aren't into the magical genre. My first impression is to rate it lower, but that is difficult to do honestly. I believe I had the same problem with Book1. So the real problem is likely the genre (it's not really Sci-Fi) and likely should be in the fantasy section.
I don't know how he does it, but this one delivered more content than the 1st. Very complex, very grown-up set of relationships are being established.
Jimmy.... (I don't want to give anything away), but keep your eyes on Jimmy.
The aliens are merely part of the landscape. All three books are a study of "Human Nature". And the author does a good job of keeping it interesting. It's the kind of story that you could sit through with your girlfriend.
Great new alien species patterned after motile discreet biological systems protecting a collective of systems.
I think it would be successful as an HBO series (i.e.; Game of Thrones).
While I'm certain that the book is "well prepared", I don't feel I'm qualified to be a loyal listener.
Dina Pearlman was a perfect choice for this sort of book.
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