The narrator is not really enjoyable. I heard many, many wrong emphases. His reading of dialog is actually fine with some change of voices for the dif..Show More »ferent people and species. It's the prose that is awful with slow, dragged out, monotone phrases and emphasizing the wrong words all over the place. I increased the speed to 1.25 and it was less annoying.
The story is pretty good. It is hard to come up with something new nowadays, so be prepared for more of the same. These Alliance inter-species Rangers must learn to overcome their racial prejudices and fears and learn to work together in order to defeat the Federation. There are some good battles, and some sad losses, but I am not yet in love with Buck Sargent Drak, so I hope there is some deeper characterization in the next book. The other species are a little weird, but a good contemplation of what might happen if evolution went through reptiles instead of apes. These guys are more like humanized colobus monkeys, lizards, and Neanderthals than some of the aliens in other books. But that is just the way evolution went in this world. Not unlike the old Star Trek.
If you have finished everything by Campbell and Nuttall, you can give this a shot and see how you think it stacks up.
I had read and reviewed the first book, but forgot how mediocre it was when I bought this one. Three hours in and all they've done is train, get new u..Show More »niforms (complications due to the tails and tail stubs of some of the species) go on a date or two with Krissy, and agonize over whether she wants to get married, and then finally, finally they are on the ship to fight somewhere.
The narration is mediocre too. His best voices are the aliens. His Earthly accents give out after a few lines.
My money is better spent elsewhere so I am returning this one.