Baron Lucius Giovanni, Captain of the battleship War Shrike, finds himself without a home or nation, his ship heavily damaged, and crew in bad shape. The odds against their personal survival are slim. The time of humanity has come to a close. The great nations have all fallen, either to the encroaching alien threats or to internal fighting and civil war. The aliens who seek to supplant humanity, however, have not taken one thing into account: Lucius Giovanni. He and his crew will not give up - not while they still draw breath. If this is to be the fall of humanity, then the crew of the War Shrike will go down fighting...and in the heat of that fight, they may just light a new fire for humanity...
©2014 Jacob Spriggs (P)2014 Jacob Spriggs
Doubtful but perhaps
This book was clearly a freshman attempt. It had some good story and plot points, but he really needs to refine his craft.
It didn't sound like the narrator had much experience. He talked too fast, slurred words and mispronounced words because he hurried. He also needs work on his character voices and accents.
I really liked this entire story, the concept, and the interesting universe that the story takes place in. However, I did feel like the writing style of the author was a little rushed. This could have easily been two books with more back story, detail, and plot.
In the story, humanity has split into a handful different empires and minor powers. Humanity in general is plagued by a corrupt and emotionless alien race bent on galactic domination. The main character is a captain of a ship in one of the more powerful navies. When his home world falls, he an his crew find themselves refugees having to fend for themselves. Eventually, they end up gathering a group of other refugees and some ships, making a small nation of their own. Down the line, they join forces with some mercenaries to recapture the system they originally took refuge in (which had been recently captured by the same alien race that captured the main character's home world) so that they can locate and reclaim the remnants of a legendary, and very powerful, lost fleet of ships. Along the way, they catch wind of another race of aliens that may pose a much greater threat to the human race then anything they have encountered before.
Overall, I loved the whole storyline and concept of the book, but there were many places where the book seemed a bit rushed. For example:
"It was then that the other captain invited me aboard his ship. I was on the other ship when I noticed..." (I just made that up, but I think you get the point)
It seemed to jump from one situation to the next with too little back story, detail, or an appropriate lead-in to the next situation.
Having said that, I enjoyed the book very much and am looking forward to the next in the series.
The story was ok. Not boring, but nothing special. However it does seen to have the potential to become a pretty good series.
I found the overall story entertaining but not very satisfying. It appeared the author was skipping over details that would have made it more interesting, to an extent that makes it feel like an abridged book.
As for the narrator, while not a terrible performance, the characters didn't sound believable and it was difficult to become immersed in the story.
If the author would go back and flesh out his story and use a more experienced narrator, I'd be a happy man.
The idea of the plot
A little upset
Jonathan Waters is a good storyteller, he's good at convene the emotion of the character.
The story played out a little to perfectly for my taste. There were no big conflicts in the book that didn't work themselves out. Every move was the right one and there was always somebody standing by to bail them out. There was no big term oil between the primary or secondary characters; and I think that's what bothered me the most.
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