Fairly interesting plot and workmanlike performance by the reader, but thoroughly amateurish writing style. Go find something by John Sandford or James Lee Burke instead.
Ridiculous story told in annoying, childish writing style. Dull narration. This book lacks any saving grace.
I was very pleased with the first third or so of this novel because I liked the protagonist and Emma Galvin's voice so much, but I kept waiting in vain for a few crumbs of background and scientific substance. For example, shouldn't the author of a book in which guns play a central role be expected to do at least enough research to learn how guns actually operate? Also, near the end the book devolves from character development into improbable warfare complete with an evil genius and a marching zombie army of former good guys. Give me a break!
This must have been exciting in 1938, but it is terribly outdated in 2011. It belongs on the shelf with Flash Gordon. Also, the narration is very hard on the ears. In particular, the voice of its hero, Lensman Samms, is loud, grating and totally unsympathetic - more like a soap opera villain than a scifi hero.
These pages should have been included within the first volume (Blackout), and the whole thing should have been severely edited. The only excuse for splitting the tale into two volumes would be to extract more money or credits from the listeners. Reuniting with the two charming Hogvin urchins almost makes the price worth it, though.
I have labored mightily to finish this book, which is well-written and narrated, but I simply cannot. After an auspicious and sometimes near-lyrical start, it devolves into unrelieved angst. Unless you are a homosexual or are struggling to love and understand a homosexual, this book will waste your time.
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