Not much of a book. I thought it was silly and hardly worth listening too. I finished it, but if you like this kind of book and haven't listened to Ready Player One, it's a better bet. Penumbra's seems like it was plotted out on someone's computer and then written from out from someones writing program. I suppose I just didn't buy it. The narrator, however, was perfect for the story. He redeemed the whole thing.
Having read everything Adrian McKinty has every published I can easily say this is one of his best. The first Sean Duffy book was excellent, but I felt #2 and #3 were a bit lacking in McKinty's usual style. Perhaps pushed out too soon by an overeager publisher? This one, however, is McKinty in true form. Gorgeously poetic, spare, funny, and violent all mashed together in in one sentence. I honestly don't think I've ever read anything like his prose, which manages to communicate amazing amounts of emotional truth with very few words. You can see the story, and feel it with continuous ease. The narration is perfect, and I cannot imagine McKinty's words spoken by anyone else.
I hated the narration; heavy handed as usual by Scott Brick. WHY do authors hire him anyway? The characters are just not very engaging, the story not compelling despite the fact that it should have been, since the concept is moderately novel. It reminds me of a film that should work, but just doesn't somehow. Don't bother.
I've enjoyed all the books in this series, despite the silliness and impossible events. This one however, is just plain dull. All the characters and actions have happened before, they are just rehashes of old books, and old stories. It's almost insulting to those of us loyal to the series. The narration is great as always, she just has nothing to work with here. There's no plot as far as I can tell. Don't waste your credit. Count yourself lucky to have spent time with these characters in the past, get over it, and move on.
This book is pretty good; better written than I expected, despite some cliches. The narration is fantastic, and the story moves along briskly. It's a little predictable, but surprisingly fun and not stuck in one particular genre. It's definitely worth a credit.
Walters is an excellent writer and Simon Prebble is perhaps the best narrator working. However, this is not their best work. I couldn't finish the book, despite hanging in there for most of it. I found the characters lacked motivations, and were continually doing things for very unclear reasons. Much of the book is dialogue meant to move the story forward, but I found it forced and heavy. Nothing was surprising in an interesting way, and I didn't really like anyone in the book. The main character is not particularly interesting, and he is untrue to what we are told is his character multiple times. Try one of her Walter's other books before you slog your way through this one.
As others have said, the narrator is not strong and the story is a bit flat. The motivation of the characters is murky and it's often unclear why things are even happening. There is plenty of other science fiction/space opera more worthy of anyone's time.
I've read or listened to every word Mr. McKinty has published, and I was worried after his second "Troubles" novel. I found the second one perfunctory and a bit dull. This one, however, banished my fears as the writing is as good as ever. That means the writing is shockingly beautiful, poetic, evocative, and laced with violent action. For me, this creates one of the most potent fictional worlds that live today. If you haven't read McKinty before start with the first of this series, or even better start with the first in the Michael Forsythe series.
Beautifully written as he always is, intricate and surprising as usual, but not his best book. If you are new to Goddard start with Painting the Darkness or Caught in the Light, which I think are better. Narration is wonderful as always. I wish every author could use narrators of this quality.
Cliched and story line not very engaging. I like military SF with lots of action, but this action seems a bit pointless and dull. Too many cliched phrases just in the first few chapters, and really, I just don't care what happens to this guy. If I cared I might put up with the mediocre writing and narration, but as it is, I just can't make the effort.
Really dated story and yes, it's military science fiction, but so old school it's almost silly at this point. Kind of like watching really old episodes of Star Trek. The writing is only mediocre and the main character isn't particularly well developed. If you're looking for old school read almost anything by Heinlein, or these days read James S.A. Corey.
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