Travelers Rest, SC, United States | Member Since 2004
Book 2 in the series is even better than book 1, and you get to the action much quicker; Currie is obviously getting better at his craft as he goes! Despite a few minor things, I enjoyed this book a lot!
I don't know if its the writing, or the Narration (I suspect it's the narrator), but every member of the Bridge Crew on every ship in the story sounds terrified every time they speak to someone with a higher rank... the stuttering and stammering that goes on in response to EVERY question put to them, and in EVERY report they give, is getting old, fast. Seems to me if you had a crew in vital positions that are this terrified of even speaking, you'd replace them with people who could actually get a report out in a timely, coherent, manner, without every sentence having to be dragged out of them.
There are places in the narration where sentence structure is broken up so badly, or paused in such an odd spot, that you have to back up to try to figure out what the author actually meant... But it's not too often, and you can work through it.
Those few things aside, the story moves along much faster than in the first book, the technical details are much improved and believable, and the "Tech-Talk" doesn't bog the story down at all... it's just enough to be interesting, and to enhance the story, without me feeling like the author is trying to tediously teach me how build the thing being described. A Lot of authors get WAY too caught up in trying to show how detailed their knowledge of some piece of physics or 'Tech' is... Currie deftly avoids that common mistake...
I hope there is a Book 3, and I hope it's soon!
I said after book 2 that Mr Currie was getting better with each book.. I think he's hitting his stride now! I know I enjoyed it more than I may have normally, since I just came off a LONG spree of "Fantasy Books" (Which I normally don't like), and so the "Space Warfare and Powered Battle Armor" was JUST what I needed to get back into enjoying Sci-Fi!
I guess I could pick apart some technical details, but Hey, if I'm willing to believe in Monstrous Space Ships and Interplanetary Warfare, I think I can accept a few far-fetch technical details ;)
I have to admire David deVries for taking on the Narration of this book after Benjamin Darcie did the other 3 books. That HAS to be a daunting task to take over narration after another narrator is already established. I have to also give him credit for not trying to imitate Darcie's Narration Style, and sticking to his own style.. that HAS to be a hard thing to do, knowing that fans of the book are going to compare his narration to the previous Narrator everyone has gotten used to. Cudos for doing a good job reading the book, and for having the guts to take over the Narration.. a LOT of Professional Narrators simply WON'T take over Narrating an established series.
WELL Worth the Credit, and I'll be waiting for a "Book 5"!!!!!
The Book has a "BattleStar Galactica" theme to it, but the story is told from a "British Royal Navy" viewpoint, which I actually liked a lot. We're used to "The USA Leading The Way", and in this tale the British Navy leads the effort using a Mothballed "Space Carrier Fleet" that was thought to be obsolete due to it's thick Metal Armor (Rather than the Newer "Force Armor" used by all of the Earth's Various Countries in their Modern Carriers and War Ships)... Same for the Old Ship's "Obsolete Solid Projectile Weapons". When the Aliens show up, they are pretty equal to Earth's Forces in Technology, and they are ready to easily defeat the Earth's Newest Technology, but they have NO experience with Ballistic Projectiles, and Thick Steel Armor that doesn't fail when electronic circuits in a ship are fried by Pulse Weapons and/or EMP devices...
This story COULD have easily been unbelievable and cheesy, but Mr. Nuttal does an EXCELLENT job keeping the story believable, fresh, and moving along at a good pace. History buffs will enjoy seeing some famous "British Wet Navy Tactics" used for Space Warfare by the Captain of the old Carrier. I also liked the Dry British Humor, and classic understatements when discussing actions and events.
Let me also say that Ralph Lister does an EXCELLENT job Narrating the book... He just NAILS the accents, and droll humor, perfectly! He sounds like he really enjoys reading this book, which always makes a book flow MUCH better overall. I HAD to give Mr. Lister 5 Stars for his Narration!
I think I especially like the fact that there are no "Miracles" to save the old Ship.. Just a Captain doing the best he can, with what he's got, and knowing his ship so thoroughly that he can use it's MANY quirks to his advantage when the fighting starts. He depends on his subordinates to do THEIR jobs, and to train the Rookies each time they get new personnel on-board.
I'm currently about half way through Book 2, and am enjoying it also!
I just DO NOT give out 5 Stars, and I DO NOT like this genre... Except that I can't ever seem to give a book by Sanderson LESS than 5 Stars across the board, and he keeps me coming back to a genre that I could swear I just don't (normally) like!
Worse, he does this "Thing" to me in ALL of his "Post-Wheel Of Time" books... He walks me down a merry little pathway where I'm SURE that I SEE the hidden flaw already in the plot that will be used to twist the plot, or I SEE the little "Caveat" he "just tossed out there as unimportant", which I'm SURE will be how the plans of the hero are thwarted... and then on the next page, "the hidden flaw" points to something else entirely, and the little "Unimportant caveat" REALLY IS just an Unimportant Caveat he laid down in front of me to get my attention diverted enough that by the time I quit focusing on it, I walk right into the trap I was SURE wasn't a trap!
I feel like that Admiral in Star Wars yelling "IT'S A TRAP", except that it's not... and neither is the next one, or the next, and JUST as I lower my guard, the entire Path I thought I was following is just "Gone", and I realize, "I was so busy looking for the usual traps, that I didn't see the REAL trap".
It's like he knows "People like me", who usually have things pretty well figured out, pretty early in a book or series, so he leads me around by the nose just to show that he can... which (by the way), "He Can"... It's Frustrating and FANTASTIC, all at the same time!
Go ahead... Hit the Button that says "0 of 200 people found this review Helpful"... it's obviously Sacrilegious to say ANYTHING bad about this series that NEVER GETS ON WITH IT...
As I said in my Review of Book 1.. the series NEVER just "Gets on with telling an action packed story".... if you like ENDLESS, LONG, repetitive, and USELESS descriptive details, then this book is for you... if you actually like a story to GET TO SOME ACTION, then you won't be finding it here... or in book 3, or in book 4, 5, 6... I had to give up on it.. Maybe it's just me, but Jordan just IS NOT the writer that Sanderson is... maybe the series MOVES ALONG when Sanderson FINALLY takes over the writing, but I guess I'll never know...
The Narration was about all that kept me "Buying the next book"... ALL of the books in the series I bought could be condensed down to about 6 hours of listening time without the readers missing a THING!
I LOVED ALL of Sanderson's books so far, so I decided to give WOT a try since Sanderson ends up writing the Series after something like book 11 or so...
I kept waiting for Jordon to GET ON WITH IT, and you end up with about about 2 hours of action in EACH of his 20+ Hour books...
"Well, the next one HAS to get better! The Reviews RAVE about the series"... Bought book 2, 2 hours of action mixed in with 20+ hours of "NOTHING" other then MORE descriptions about the ENDLESS, USELESS descriptive details that have ALREADY been ENDLESSLY described in tedious, long-winded, "Paid By The Word" Detail...
"OK, OK, OK.. BUT 'RAVE REVIEWS'!!! Book 3 HAS to be SO much better..." Nope.
"But, Book 4 HAS TO...." Nope..
"Book 5? Maybe SOME action and LESS Cut and Paste, and LESS ENDLESS DRIVEL and 20 pages of POINTLESS 'descriptions' we've ALREADY HEARD OVER AND OVER AND OVER already?" Nope...
In the first book you'll HEAR Gandalf Yell, "FOOL OF A TOOK", at Matt in your head... and it just DOES NOT get better... Lost ME after Book 5, and I should have stopped after this one... I REALLY TRIED to get into the series because "THE REVIEWERS RAVE" and you get "0 of 200 people liked this review" if you say ANYTHING bad about this Cult Series.... but I'll take the hits, maybe it'll save SOMEONE else some money and a LOAD of time that could be spent listening to BOOKS THAT ACTUALLY GO SOMEWHERE and have some ACTION in them... Sadly, Jordan just WAS NOT "Sanderson", and that's just a fact.
I just realized that I've listened to MOST of Sanderson's Books, and have NEVER given one of his books LESS than 5 stars across the board! This, from someone who is INCREDIBLY Stingy with "5's", and INSISTS he "Doesn't like Fantasy Novels"!!!
Kramer's narration was EXCELLENT (as it was in ALL of the other "Mistborn" books), and again, Sanderson leaves me feeling as if I'm not even worthy to REVIEW his work... The more you think back about the book(s), the more Layers you see to it, and the more you suddenly realize you missed "WHILE listening to it"...
PLEASE let there be another book in this latest (Continuation?) book of the "Mistborn" series! Every book LEAPS ahead of the last in writing skill, and plot twists (while the excellent "Twists" are still being based on the most COMMON of plot subjects!)...
I am especially pleased that Sanderson STICKS TO "Friends and trusted Allies CAN BE 'Trusted', WITHOUT suddenly stabbing you in the back just as a plot twist"... The central message needs to be reinforced again and again, and it needs to be LEARNED: "It's better to trust and risk being betrayed, than to live life trusting NO ONE"
FINALLY, an author that gives you ALL of the clues, without suddenly pulling out some "Hidden Clue" they'd held back to keep you from figuring out everything too early... He laid out EVERYTHING as the story moved along, and when everything comes together, you slap your forehead and say, "It was ALL RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF ME, and I STILL didn't figure it out!!!"
If ANYONE has a CLUE about "Who/What 'God' or ANY religions are about", I'd lay MY Money on it being "Sanderson"... He weaves everything all together to EXPLAIN "Faith", WITHOUT leaving any "Wiggle Room For Error, In case he's proved to be wrong later" (Which I doubt COULD happen anyway), so that even those of us who have yet to find any "Faith", or have had ours shattered, can at least UNDERSTAND what we're looking for...
Just BRILLIANT! VERY Well Done!!!! Pure Excellence on EVERY LAYER, and EVERY DETAIL, of the tale he's crafted... and on ALL of the MANY different subjects he covered!!!
I might as well just quit saying "Usually I don't like this type of Book, being more of a Military Sci-Fi Fan"... because I have LOVED everything by Sanderson that I've listened to so far, and I just gave the first book in his "Mistborn" Series a Five Star Rating Across the Board! I'm TOUGH to get a "5" out of for ANY of the rating categories, but "5's Across the Board"? Almost unheard of!
I LOVE the new "Concepts" and the new "World" he's thought up... The new "Powers", and the how the main characters, while "Special", have typical Human weaknesses and emotions... I like how things don't "Always" just "flow smoothly" as the Characters planned, but WITHOUT the Obvious (and irritating) stumbling blocks tossed in front of them "Just because the author thought 'it's time for the characters to run into some of the routine misfortunes'"...
I liked this "Fantasy" book so much, I went ahead bought Books 2 AND 3! These books run from 20+ Hours to 30+ Hours each, so that's a HUGE commitment in Listening time alone!
I JUST started Book 2 in the series, and I'm a Fan! Well Done!
After Finishing Book 4, I'm sitting here waiting on some "BOOK FIVE!!!!" Hello????
I Jokingly told John Ringo once.. "WRITE FASTER" (Because I KNOW he HATES that), and his Wife almost took my head off! John rolled his eyes and told her "He's kidding, I know him, He knows I HATE hearing those words"...
.... But, ummm, Mark... WRITE FASTER!!!! (I REALLY hope you don't have a wife that will take my head off ;) You've had OVER A MONTH now since Publishing Book 4, and STILL No "Book Five"?!?!?! ;)
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