The story is just plain weak. Nothing original in a sci-fi sense, and tedious characters.
I kept listening, waiting for a tiny spark of originality. I gave up after a few hours. This is generic Star Trek fan fiction, complete with aliens-who-look-like-lovely-earth-women, generic ethnic crew members, generic technology, lantern-jawed captain, etc. Ouch.
I enjoyed the first book in this series, but this second book was a real let down. It feels like the author is settling in for a nice long lucrative series. Much like an episode of a TV series, in this book stuff happens, regular characters banter with each other, there's some preposterous sex, but nothing fundamental changes.
I'm done with this series. Since when do druids fire RPGs and bonk goddesses?
Selecting events in the 17th century that were actually *interesting*.
This is a fascinating time period but the focus was on endless tedious detail on the global trade tobacco, china and other consumerist concepts. I guess I should have researched the book b4 buying.
Yes. Wonderful ideas, crisp writing.
The world-building and some of the characters like the Hegemony CEO.
Great ability to capture the unique voice of each (of many) characters.
The conclusion, don't want to spoil it.
A frustrating mix of genuinely fascinating, tangible material - Bosnian pyramids, copper mining in N. America, a prehistoric road network in France - and credulous silliness (conversations with crystal skulls, Atlantis, etc).
No, on balance.
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