Nathaniel Demming is a midshipman aboard the HMES Remora, the very first ship to go beyond their world’s waters and out into the ether. He and the rest of the crew are ready for adventure, eager to explore the unknown and chart a new course for the rest of their world to follow. But what they find out there will change their lives, and their perspective, forever. The ether is not empty at all, but teeming with life--including vicious marauders waiting to prey upon the hapless Remora. Can Demming help his friends and fellow officers through the crises that await? Can they survive the dangers all around them? And can he convince them to transform their ship and themselves into the antithesis of everything they trained for, while still holding true to everything they believe in?Birth of the Dread Remora is the first tale of the epic Scattered Earth saga, and the first in a series of swashbuckling adventures about the space-pirate ship the Dread Remora!
©2011 Aaron Rosenberg (P)2011 CrossRoad Press
Sure, it was a fun story, I enjoyed it overall, but it was distracting to have the author incorrectly use physics. I'm not sure if it was intended to try to make the culture more primitive, but a race that lives underwater not understanding how pressure works. (The example is using a lower pressure inside the airlock to prevent things getting in.) Also, the whole time they have gravity on the ship. I could probably have ignored that except they use it in some of the fights.
I'm not sure, again, the story was good, but it was just hard to enjoy when errors kept popping up. I think the big thing would be having it reviewed before publishing.
OK, I can't say this is the WORST book I have ever read/listened to, but it is pretty bad. The science is all off (which I could suspend disbelief and go with, but so many things are just bass-ackwards) and it is clear the writer has only a marginal grasp on physics, engineering and more. There are major inconsistencies in the technical level of the portrayed race and so many other things. Besides, the characters are 2D and unbelievable.
Basically, it reads like a poorly edited, made for TV, grade-B science fiction story. Oh wait a minute, that is what it is. Nevermind. Carry on....
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