Yes. I've read other Sawyer work and he isn't shabby. Just not excited about this one.
Very shaky science; the fi part is OK if a bit outdated. I've read and re-read most of the 20s to 60s detective stories, good at the time but better left where they lie.
I have no issues with Christian Rummel's work
Not really. It's pretty much of a stretch already.
Despite my less than stellar appraisal, I did kinda enjoy it, though.
While certainly nearly on a par with Daemon, falls short in several areas. Development of the characters Loki and his protaganist "the major" was somewhat disappointing - pretty one-dimensional. Loki we want to like but can't, he's too mean-spirited; we understand where he came from, but expect an epiphany for him which never happens. The "major" sort of appears from out of nowhere, and his authenticity as a real entity is too much of a stretch of the imagination. The techie stuff is generally quite good and reasonably accurate, as was the case in Daemon. The culmination of the "Quest" is, in my opinion, the highlight of the story, and clearly leaves an opening for at least a trilogy.
Clearly an immature work. I purchased this after reading Pandora's Star and was part way through Judas Unchained, and was expecting it to be sort of a prequel to this series. That being said, it was a major disappointment. The few rave reviews of the work were not likely all written by actual reviewers but by shills. Based on Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, I whole-heartedly agree with those who consider Peter Hamilton a first rate writer. Unfortunately, those kudos do not extend to this book. In addition, the reader left much to be desired, and I'm happy to see that his services were not retained for this author's subsequent works. Finally, the hokey sound effects between sequences are a serious distraction and do little to establish any mood which their inclusion might have intended.
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