Light, historical & entertaining
When a character is mauled by a bear in what proves to be a very realistic simulator.
The characters experience with 'driving' the avatar, while climbing into the watchtower.
Almost managed it, an afternoon and the following morning while in the workshop. I actually used this book as a successful sorbet to remove the experience of a less well written and performed novel.
I'll definitely be following the characters in the sequel.
I would certainly recommend the series upto but not including this installment. The first third of the book dragged on, spelling out the 'evil Solarian plot' as if the readers are intellectually challenged. The overuse of pompous (supposedly 'aristocratic english lords and ladies ?), and the equally distracting ' I'm an incredibly smart engineer, therefore I struggle with proper sentence construction, in a sort of cockney accent'...
I'll probably give Mr Webber's work a miss for a while, give him a chance to flush this series out of his system and get back to the more raw and tractable style of the first books in this series.Please slow down on the use of tech development that appears itself to run at light speed. Eg. missiles, drives, sensors, etc that are twice as good and twice as fast with a much bigger bang - every few 'months'. I'm sure Moore's law will still be a reasonable guide in our future.
As mentioned, the automatic assignment of a pompous accent to anyone remotely related to the royals. I was yanked out of the storyline on several occasions as Allyson used a childish, high pitched, almost sing song voice - claiming that the person delivered the line in a slow, cold and menacing tone...
No.Condensing the whole series into a movie would be far better.
Please drop the over the top explanation of the plot to the reader - we're not dumb, we read books for entertainment.Please use discipline when editing the book and reduce the amount of waffle.David has some good ideas for future technology and the interaction of the various worlds. He doesn't overdo the worm holes and even disables the ships from engaging in battle when transiting.
The characters lines are from the 1950's and attempts to render emotions are childish and one dimensional. Writing lines spoken by characters in this century let a lone the next would improve it immeasurably.
No. I listened to the first book in the series and can't make it past chapter 2 in the second book. It's just severely irritating on several levels - and I was welding at the time - still boring !
The narrators rhythm is more suitable to a goldilocks and the three bears genre and emphases were just wrong. His voice is also not strong or agile enough.
The story line was OK for a Mil/SciFi book and with decent editing and narration could have been entertaining.
I think this material would be suitable for 10 years old and younger.
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