I loved the first two books and while I enjoyed this book it wasn't as good as the first two in many ways.
First off this book is SHORT. Perhaps it didn't need to be as long as the previous two but it felt a little rushed and less detailed than the other two books. That's not necessarily a bad thing but I think it took a little bit away from this book.
Second, the ending was pretty awesome in some ways but I felt a little dissatisfied. I mean they didn't explicitly say "and then X happened" because it should be really obvious; I just felt a little empty like the story was missing a chapter at the end. Perhaps the writer was best stopping the book where he did...
It would be interesting to see if we could explore more stories in this universe but...well I don't want to spoil the ending here but I'm guessing the stories would have to be quite different. Still, I would love to see it.
The performance of this book was great but the story didn't do it for me at all. I really enjoyed the first two books but this one felt like it was a "let's do a slightly bigger battle than normal...but I must fill 13 hours of content first with boring, non-space human culture stuff".
I don't want to give too much away but I'm fairly certain that at least 80% of the book was dedicated to...Latin American culture and issues with the clashing cultures of North Americans and Latin Americans.
The ending battle was a bit boring as well. I'm not sure how much I should give away but it basically goes exactly as expected: the enemy is still stupid but a little less stupid now and manage to actually hurt the humans...until the humans win, of course. Now I'm not expecting someone to write a story about humans losing (especially since the previous books built up the human's capabilities so much that it would also seem stupid that they would lose) but the final battle was just ridiculous with the humans having an almost unlimited amount of chances to keep coming back.
The battle strategy of the enemy also didn't make sense. They are not winning the war on one front with one species...so let's start a fight with another species on another front!? That's bothered me during this entire series but this final book was so disappointing it's hard to overlook it anymore.
I've read Peter's previous two books and this one did not disappoint. He can paint an amazing picture and the performance of all of his audio books is always perfect.
This was a great kickoff to a trilogy. Sure, as some others mentioned, there were quite a bit of character introductions and the beginning was a little slow (though, honestly, it only took a couple of hours in until you're in a really epic fight scene) but this is how all of Peter's books work. He builds up and up and up until he puts his audience at a peak at which point the roller coaster really gets going.
This is not a slow book in and of itself and not simply "required reading" just to get into the other two books. This book, on its own, is really an awesome read.
I'm very excited to read the next two!
This book was one of the most amazing sci-fi novels I have ever read. The worlds are epic, the detail of the technology is amazing and the narrator really brings everything to life.
I'm quite perplexed by the reviews talking about the narrator being terrible; he was easily one of the best I've heard and did a fantastic job.
I'm very eager to start the second novel to find out how the story concludes!
I, ultimately, enjoyed this book and its story but I found two other aspects frustrating.
First, the technical details are terrible. It's as if a technology thesaurus was used to pick different terms and apply them in the wrong ways. As someone who is a software developer, I found the technical details simply frustrating but I did my best to ignore them.
Secondly, as mentioned in other reviews, the last hour of the book made me actually yell at my car stereo. The characters, while seemingly brilliant in most of the book, became complete idiots. The author spent 30 minutes trying to decipher a simple sentence that anyone who has taken high school chemistry could have figured out (you don't even need to remember that class!).
So, overall, the story was good but the terrible technical details and the ending with the simple characters kept me from giving this higher than 3 stars.
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