Recommend if you want to keep up with the Troy Rising series. Otherwise this would be the book to skip.
Yes, Troy Rising universe still has potential
Boyett is the voice of the series.
Not quite the "page" turner as the previous 2 books. On Ringo's blog forums he posted that while writing he knew readers would "get sick of cultural commentary". Now he is "noodling" on what to do next. Having a battle globe show up and wipe out the enemy isn't exciting enough for an entire book. I hope he can think of something to get back on par with books 1 and 2.
Average story for this series. Diplomatic drama in a sci-fi series that ultimately doesn't seem relevant to any potential sequels. Skip it unless you're a big fan.
Glad I read this book, but it took discipline to complete. I came away impressed and suspicious of google. Not the page turner like the Steve Jobs biography which had a real human character. With this google book, the characters are search, censorship, email, advertising, acquisitions, and googlyness. Reflects on how Google struggles with being a suddenly big company that strives to retain start-up mentality.
Enjoyed the character development and building of mystery premise. Problem is after finishing you realize a significant portion of the book is just filler. Expeditions of pointlessness (tunnels and sci-fi land). Still an enjoyable ride since it all seems relevant when you are "reading" it.
Enjoyable alternate reality tale. Characters adapting to life in new reality makes for an easy book 1. Having a conclusion and getting there measures the skill of a series author (see Peter F Hamilton). I have book 2, but looking ahead to reviews of books 3 and 4, I am concerned that this will become a never ending rehash of the author milking his readers for another paycheck. The premise is not good enough for a never ending soap opera.
Hamilton succeeds at writing a worthy finish to his epic sci-fi Commonwealth series. Lesser sci-fi authors get caught up in a clever premise and punt at the ending, but Hamilton shows his epic was well planned.
The Void trilogy is a continuation of Hamilton's Commonwealth series, so best to get Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained prior to the Void books.
Audible: While Hamilton works on his next series, please add some of his other books.
As others have pointed out, this book drags. Starts out as a decent concept, but then makes a 100 year jump and becomes a chore to get through. Some equate tedious to "epic", but I have listened to good epic (search Peter F. Hamilton), and this story pales in comparison. After getting through it, you will feel the author laughing at you in the epilogue.
After 1/3 through story could not continue. Nothing of any interest happens.
Female politician gets layover on undeveloped planet. Goes on horseback excursion with a native who has a seizure disorder. Instant love. An undeveloped character dies. Weather jeopardizes horse ride back to port. Presumably evil resort planners are coming - ohhh nooooooo!. Will the pristine planet survive? Ugggg.
This must be some amazing series that its followers tolerate such a boring backstory. I'll never find out.
Premise is promising. Ending has payoff. However, middle is filler and overused villain disorder is not a clever plot twist. Just an average thriller.
Reader's female southern accent fits the main character.
Entertaining thriller that doesn't get stuck taking itself seriously. Redemption story, so takes awhile to start liking the "bumbling hero". Adult content -- not for the family car trip. At about $1/hr, worth the price or credit.
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