I am very intrigued by this series, and the reader is very good. There are some problems though.
Each book in the series assumes the reader never read any of the preceding books. You often get descriptions of systems you already have had explained to you over, and over again. The sections dealing with his personal life is very interesting, but the continuing theme of hero worship puts a foreshadow on everything in the book. If he starts thinking about how he can't turn into Black Jack, that probably means he's going to stomp the Syndic fleet into a mud hole.
This book also has problems with the commander being too perfect. Its like the commander does everything you expect him to do. For this reason he doesn't have a human side to him, not really anyways. He's always minding his honor, and doing everything exactly the way it should be done. Its just not very realistic, and this is brought out by the irony that the main character keeps telling himself over and over he's not perfect. Even worse, when things do go wrong Black Jack can't be blamed for the failure. He's invincible and unfallable...
Now onto the good. The space battles are nicely done, if you've been loaded with a pretty good 3D graphics card from the womb they come out pretty handsomely. The fleet drama between the characters does wonders to make the plot very interesting and dynamic. You get to see them fail, and then disciplined which is gratifying for the reader. Anything involving Captain Falco is absolutely hilarious. This is only intensified because the reader makes him sound like quagmire from Family guy. I'm just waiting for a giggidy giggidy to be thrown in for good measure where I would lose control and risk a stroke.
Thats about it for night, i'll see the series through for sure. I just wish the author would of thought it out a little bit more. Some minor tweaks could have removed some of the more glaring inconsistencies.
More authentic, its nearly a complete star force copy at this point. Alien invasion check, find super futuristic ship check, comes with crazy robot science officer check, wife is dead or crazy check, finds exotic hookup check, becomes leader of the space defense force check, has a replicating device check, comes up with new ideas that are instantly created check, the only thing that is different is that Kyle is a Professor and this guy is a Seal.
Not a bad book if you liked the Star Force series (Larson), or Troy Rising series (Johnny Ringo), you'll probably like this too.
No, he is ok, his voice for the main character I find a little annoying, it could just be his interpretation of how a navy officer sounds though.
Probably, lots of action, moves around a lot.
I thought the ending was a little weak, I was sad to find that the author has passed away, and didn't leave a series.
I have read a plot line similar to this in Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds. Relativistic effects and deep time in general are such interesting topics so the conversations and narration surrounding them were fascinating.
William Dufris doesn't get paid enough ha-ha, I listen to books just because he reads them. In fact, its why I listened to this one.
The different societies and how they evolved became interesting. I think most of these hardcore sci fi authors have a lot of politics and civilization extrapolation built into them. This was no exception. It paints a valid picture of a super modern dark age, and something that couldn't be so far over the horizon from us.
If you're looking for something like what Reynolds writes, this will be a delight.
I thought this was probably the weakest of his novels so far. The story line has become somewhat predictable. I will say the most exciting part was the ending, and the lead into the next book, Hopefully he'll use that momentum to put on a better show in book 5.
I really enjoyed this book, partly because William Dufris is as usual amazing, and partly because this was just really well written. The plot line is engaging, you hate the bad guys, and the hero isn't so noble as is the case in most of these contemporary sci fi books.
As far as the actual combat I thought they were the best I've read. Better then the lost fleet, and more dramatic. If you like military sci-fi I believe you'll find a lot of enjoyment in this title.
The writing isn't bad, it actually had some interesting quotes. The problem is I paid 5 dollars for an hour of audio book. This should be free, especially considering it contains no direct value to the series.
I've read nearly all of what Peter F. Hamilton has to say, and he has to say quite a lot evidently. I find myself enjoying this book like I enjoy his other books. I enjoy one or two particular point of views in his plot lines within his many point of views and pretty much ignore the rest. When his writing is on it is a near magical experience. Like when Ozzy, is walking through the ice forest in his early books. I can picture that scene down to every detail and feel the bite of frost clinging to my skin. He printed a near out of body experience onto tapestry. On the other hand I find that when his writing is off, it is so over detailed and long winded that it will drain you from going any further. I have to actually stop, regroup another day, and listen again.
In the end I would always read another one of his novels. There is too much good here to miss out on, but if this is the first novel you've seen I'd recommend starting from Pandora's Star. Amazingly after the first two novels there are still characters kicking around in the Dreaming Void from his earlier Commonwealth books. Two books doesn't sound like a long time but that's 80 hours of narration and some 1200 years!
Its a different writing style from Ender. Much more wordy, philosophical, and less action packed. I did enjoy it, just don't expect to get a second serving of Ender's Game here.
I really enjoyed this author and story, but I felt like the story went from stage to stage until the author decided he had to end it and then did so with a little too much haste. Not only that, but the ending circumstances seemed to be a bit more optimistic then what reality would permit.It loses its gritty and real feel for that reason.
On the other hand though I have to say that Heinlein's book seems as timeless as Asimov's. Despite being written in the 50s, the science fiction portions through a kind of vagueness maintain and hold up their portions of the reading.
This novel is unedited! It contains huge spans of garbage, opinion, or just ego buffing rambles on things he's read. If you read revelation space, and are looking for something similar this is not it. Take everything you didn't like about revelation space and make a whole book of that. That is what Peter F Hamilton has created for us.
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