The story is week, and the characters one-dimensional and trite. The first contact situation is confusing and not very engaging.
I think I'm not mr. Campbell's target audience. This book might interest enthusiasts of militaristic scifi, but I feel the characters are shallow and petty, which is in stark contrast to the overdone theme of honor and duty. The syndics are vilified in a manner reminiscent of the depiction of mid-20th century Hollywood Germans or modern day Islamists, without exploring the cultural differences or going into reasons for the previous war.
The aliens are mysterious without being interesting. The entire story could have been told against a backdrop of the age of sail and the discovery of the new world.
Tedious and repetitive internal monologues stating the obvious.
Did what could be done.
The captain of Dauntless
In a way Destroyermen is a very similar story, but it managed to engage me on a much deeper level. I actually like the characters!
I found myself buying the entire series halfway through the 1st book and putting the other works in that universe on my wishlist. As of writing this review, I've almost finished the 3rd volume of Revelations and am still thoroughly enjoying it!
The entire cast is interesting and all characters have their own believable motivations. The story does not rely on typical fantasy staples to be interesting. Yes, there are dwarves (well, really there's one dwarf) and elves and magic, but they never feel like gimmicks.
The only thing I found a bit odd, was the suspense curve during the 3rd book. There is a definitive climax in the story and then the book just goes on, building up for another story line, that was previously merely hinted at. Repeated and ominous as those hints might have been. This creates a bit of a lull, until the party gets going again.
Overall, I would recommend this series to anyone who has enjoyed Eddings or Brooks.
A new story.
Having listened to Lost Colony, I know the story already and now that I'm 4 hours into Zoe's Tale (almost half-way), I haven't heard anything new. Even the dialogues are familiar.
The universe is good and the characters interesting. Would love to read more but really need new content
I am having a hard time not viewing this book as a cheap cash-in. Together with the very audible-subscriber-unfriendly episode releases of the B-Team, it seems the author has moved on from producing very entertaining novels - and I've enjoyed them all - to finding the best dollar/effort ratio. Too bad.
In my opinion, this is easy listening SciFi. Entertaining if you don't want to invest too much effort.
The main character is a computer science major, but his conversations with the machine is just aggravatingly illogical. Also, he takes charge of the whole army of super soldiers, without any military training or background, continues to lose most of his men because he's being an idiot and then doesn't even seem to feel responsible. I profoundly disliked the main character. Lost his family in the first chapter, but that doesn't really seem to faze him much only a few pages on.
I am now on book 6 and nearing the end of this saga. It's not terrible and I am curious about the ending. However, there are some major flaws that prevent me from recommending this series to anyone who enjoys serious SciFi. First and foremost: The characters are caricatures. Their actions are completely over the top and their motives simply not believable. Spoiler Alert:
**** A character confesses to killing an innocent space pilot, which in turn sparks off a conflict leading to all-out war. He is sentenced to death only to be yanked back from the airlock at the last second: "Haha, just joking! Thanks for owning up to destroying thousands of lives. You're a right ol' chap and more than welcome to date my daughter..." ****
Err, say what now? The depiction of robots, "Elemental beings", etc. are equally laughable
You can undoubtedly find some enjoyment in listening to this story, but don't expect a great space opera or literary master piece. I wouldn't buy it again.
After being riveted by the other Langdon novels, I was looking forward to listening to this new tale. Unfortunately, the story is predictable and the underlying conspiracy all but meaningless. The most annoying thing about the book, is its prattle about this pseudo science of Noetics. It will change the world... sure, by ignoring the laws of thermodynamics. Repetition is overused and the protagonists come across a bit 'slow' sometimes, only to jump to a remarkable conclusion the next moment.
I found myself siding with the 'bad guy' (who himself was a major disappointment in the end), just to see if anything interesting might happen, were his plans to come to full fruition.
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