That's becoming less and less likely.
It's a very interesting premise with a good story line
It was so, so.
Another good story ruined by amateurish writing. As in the first book of this series the author continues to make basic mistakes in continuity, mathamatics and nomenclature. As a former military aviator I was appalled by the improper use of military jargon. Every time I heard the narrator say "Roger, Wilco" I wanted to scream. All that being said, the blame cannot be laid entirely on the author, though his lack of proper research was certainly a large contributor to the novel's shortcomings. Most of the blame goes to the publisher who, for some unknown reason, failed to do even the barest of editing and proofing of the contents. The novel could have been much improved had they done their job.
This series has an excellent storyline but suffers from inclusion of too many inapt historical references.The author is obviously a military enthusiast and amateur military historian. Just as obvious is the fact that he has either never served in the military or, if he did, did not pay much attention to the realities therein. He attempts to combine naval traditions from disparate eras that didn't and shouldn't go together. For example, contemporary navies no longer send eleven year old boys to sea and haven't done so for quite a long time. Why should a future, highly technological navy revive this practice?The military facts, figures, quotations, etc. are overdone as if the author was trying to impress us with his knowledge. For the most part they are unnecessary and do not contribute to the story. Additionally, they are not all correct. One glaring example of this is the author's contention that a frigate is bigger and more heavily armed than a destroyer. Another is that midshipmen can grow up to be Chief Petty Officers. (A little pre-writing research can go a long way.)
If the author is going to regale the readers with military facts and figures he should get them right. There are plenty of serving and retired naval folks around who'd have been happy to review the story for factual consistency and correctness. (Or, as in the case of myself, point them out after the fact.)
The narrator was very talented and was able to present the characters in the story with their own voice and personality. More importantly he didn't get the voices/characters mixed up during the narration.
It inspired me to write this review.
I'll probably continue to follow this series. As I said above, it's an excellent storyline.
The writing style (first person) was monotonous at best. "I did this, and then I did that. When I was done I was tired so I did this again." The parallels between ocean wreck diving and the same thing in space was extremely forced. The rationale for the parallels were not logical and had huge technical and scientific holes in them.I have seldom started a book that I was unable to finish. This was one of the exceptions.
Let someone with a science or engineering background review the draft so that they might have pointed out all of the inconsistencies and logical flaws. Once corrected the story would have been more palatable.
The narration was decent but the narrator had little to work with.
This book would have been much improved if not written from the first person point of view.
The story was actually quite good and I enjoyed it. That being said, if this book was a movie, the continuity director would have been fired. There are so many errors, mistakes, etc in the book that I was hard pressed to listen to the whole thing. However I persevered and it was probably worth it.
The author tosses around military and astronomical buzzwards in a flashy, yet for the most part, inappropriate way. I don't believe he has had much experience in either field and certainly didn't do any research.
The use of units is inconsistent, 'meters' in one paragrapgh followed by 'feet' in the next. The timing, speeds and distances are often inconsistant and if you do the math often wrong. In some chapters one of the characters is a major in other chapters he is a colonel.
If you can ignore all of the obvious mistakes and inconsistencies then it's an entertaining story. No thanks to whoever did the proofreading.
Report Inappropriate Content