Similar to Lucifer's Hammer in mood but nowhere near as good. Some characters drawn out leaving others undeveloped. No sense of horror or destruction. Dull in places.
The book clearly takes place in the Honorverse, well before the birth of Honor Harrington. But the writing style was a sharp departure from what I remember enjoying about the Honor Harrington series. Characters lacked dimension. I'll be giving future books in this particular series a pass.
Michael McCollum's Antares Dawn and the next book, Antares Passage, must be read together for a satisfying story arc. Sufficiently engaging characters.
The story here is simple on the face of it, but I found the story oddly difficult to follow. I never found myself invested in the story or characters.
I bought this book because I enjoyed one of the author's other books, Gibraltar Earth. This book, as a series, has potential but this particular book didn't really grab my interest until the last several chapters, and then only passingly. As for the performance, I got used to the slightly-off pronunciation of certain words after a time but it was oddly distracting at first.
This is a good story and well worth the read. Enjoyable, engaging characters and a story not hard to follow. Well worth it.
The story concept is potentially engaging but it's all about dull internal politics leading up to its anticlimactic ending. I've read Joe Haldeman's other books, which I enjoyed much more.
I bought this book on a whim, not really expecting much. To my pleasant surprise I enjoyed it thoroughly and I'm looking forward to Michael McCollum's next book.
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