It was the concept of this book that originality drew me to it. However, there is very little contained in this book that actually deals with the premise. The entire book is composed of two space battles with a tiny bit of plot stuck between them and a brief epilogue stuck on the end. The characters in this book are flat and the author only bothers to write a back story for one of them. I would have really enjoyed this story if it had more story and less pew-pew.
When I first heard of the whole "bank heist" theme of this book, I was somewhat skeptical. However, it wound up coming together into a spectacular book. Skin game contains quite a few surprises and twists that will leave you wanting more by the time the book is over. Complementing the great story is the always fantastic performance of James Marsters, who by now, is Harry Dresden is my mind.
If you have made it to book 15 in this series you are already a fan, and not much that a say here is going to influence whether you are going to get this book. That said, this book is a wonderful listen and I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone.
This book begins by breezing though a short introduction that covers a couple hundred years history, then jumps strait into a highly detailed tale of political infighting.
The level of detail in this book is exhausting. Things that I can not believe anyone cares about are described in excruciating detail. While I am a fan of highly descriptive writing, you need to have a very strong story that pulls people in to pull it off. Perhaps if I knew what the hell was happening at any time I would be able to handle the narrative but the total lack of lead in left me adrift.
I have no complaints of the reading on this book, although the audio quality seemed a little bit off. All of that is really a non-issue though when held up against the text of the book.
I largely enjoyed containment and found the premise to be very interesting. However; I found that the style of jumping back and forth between the present and the (sometimes forgotten) past tended to make the story's "wow moments" somewhat predictable. I also wish that the story had continued a little bit longer than it did, the book ended on a poetic note but left a lot of unanswered question that I would have liked to have seen wrapped up. All told though this definitely worth a listen.
The concept of this book, the hero from the past returning to a 100 year old war and trying to lead a fleet out of enemy territory is very interesting. The author includes a forward about how he was a naval surface warfare officer and it becomes quickly very clear that the entire book is told from that sort of perspective. Meaning, that of someone sitting in a room making tactical decisions while looking at a plot during battle, interspaced with attending meetings. While this may be an accurate description of what someone would be doing in leading a far-flung future fleet, it is extremely boring to listen to. The battles themselves are not even described you only know they are happening by hearing endless strings of commands that don't really tell you anything because the author makes almost no attempt to provide any visuals about what is going on. I give points for an interesting theme but would not recommend this book.
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