We start with a murder. Our titular character is a drug addict psychic corporate security guy, paired with a worse-for-wear boyscout detective. The psychic gets a handler, due to being about as professional as most black ops corporate security drug addicts, introducing our innocent character and love interest for the detective. The murder leads to a burgeoning conflict between the Company and the Union…which is obviously just a cover for something. You’d like to think it was related to the Big Mystery, but it’s not.
Things fall apart in the second half.
The Union/Company struggle that’s built up evaporates completely as a manufactured crisis…if even that. Company invents Union. Company wants to embarrass Union and have reason to crack down. Company arms Union with super secret sci-fi guns…rather than just some Enfields and grenades. If you think any of this is important, you’re wrong. It barely even matters to the resolution of the book. Just remember, technological advancement is bad, because of the natural tendency of people to commit convoluted suicide.
Conspirators brought to justice? Nope. Murderer brought to justice? Sad case of exposure carelessly designed alien technology. Sentient machines, the one that couldn’t keep it power under control, mind-warped a kid into a time-displaced psychotic, and was the technological linchpin for the evil company…it’s here to save humanity. Our story is completed with a machine imparting unspecified alien savior wisdom, which will save some small fragment of humanity...in some other story.
The story is just messy. I feel like the author got trapped trying to preach a sermon about the evils of modern society, but didn’t like the idea of going back to horse and buggy, so…alien wisdom! Since the author doesn't appear to have a thesis on what such humanity saving wisdom would be, we don't even get to see a vision of this future. I’d have given this one star, but it really is good prose. The author may be better served by pairing with someone who’s good at plots and cohesive story.
I didn't take to Scot in the first book, but the story was entertaining and I gave things a shot. Kept coming back, and I'm enjoying the books a bit more as time goes on. This one felt more like two jammed together tangents than a single coherent book, but still entertaining.
No, seriously, the book is amazingly funny. For all I've admired and respected Churchill, the thought of him bursting out in a theater "If the donkey dies, I should leave" was just awesomely funny. Certainly the well known wit is featured, but the, very human, playfulness he showed to his wife and children made for genuine humor.
Yes, it's a mindbogglingly thorough history of the man, and it's not all fun. Some of it is simply heart wrenching. Some reads like an adventure novel. However, if you're not laughing a good bit this book you probably should see a professional about it.
I enjoyed Buried Deep more than the other RA books (which I also enjoyed). I was pleased that Paloma was equally, if not more, enjoyable...maybe interesting is a better choice. Definitely maintaining my interest and I look forward to grabbing the next.
I enjoy the RA books, but don't think of them as particularly special. Certainly fine entertainment with interesting enough ideas. However, this one seemed to push a bit out of the normal comfort zone, and I enjoyed it more.
The only complaint I have about this book is that the author is on tour promoting it when he should be working on the next one.
This is decent and dependable. Knowing the sort of book I was getting, I found it more enjoyable than the first. The alien cultures are interesting and I enjoyed the interplay. I felt the book ended a bit abruptly, and wanted more from falling action.
Not spectacular, but enjoyable. Three for story, three for performance, but since I wanted more of the same in the falling action...I wound up with four overall.
I found this book difficult to rate. Certainly, I enjoyed it and will buy the next in the series, but I didn't know if this was a 3 or 4 book. The characters and writing were good. I appreciated the story and thought the pacing. It was good fiction, with rough tactical/science/technical aspects that distracted from the story.
If fairly obvious distortions would bother you enough to ruin your enjoyment of a good story, this probably isn't for you. If you can get past them, you'll probably get your credit's worth.
When your protagonist is captured three times in a book, you have a problem. When more than half a book is summed up by "supposedly elite espionage agent and shapeshifter can't find a ride", you've got a problem. When the reader concludes that the protagonists allies will probably all die of friendly fire, and they do, albeit over many many pages going no where, it's a problem. When your multi-species crew of star-faring mercenaries can't figure out how to kill an unconscious member of a common belligerent species (one that's perfectly killable), it's a problem.
This book has vast amounts of writing that fails to move the plot or characters. The characters are too dumb to live. There was little to no consequence to their actions. I won't be picking up any of the other books in the series.
I couldn't decide between a 3 and 4 for the story. It's not spectacular, but it is different and reasonably enjoyable for that difference.
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