Sci-Fi has become divided into a dozen categories and more. This is a variation of "lost" and washed up on a "deserted island". Whether one or more in..Show More »dividuals, they set out to explore, learn, build and survive and then build a small but viable society. This is different in that they don't wash up on the planet, but are dropped off by a species?, to fend for themselves although there are Homo Sapiens already present. The story is simple and relatively believable. Could you survive, build up the essentials, and continue on as most likely is begun in book 2. It satisfies the desire of many of us to see if we "have it". If you require an easy read that is not 100+ hours to complete, then this will fit your requirements. I especially enjoy non fiction, but not if it could have been written in <20% of the size with it meeting my criteria that many times less is more. I would recommend the first book and I will go on and queue up the 2nd book for an in between listen. In either case, I would recommend the book as an enjoyable listen, not in the same category as the "Lucky Jack" series by Jack Campbell, but still well worth the credit and then some.
Disclaimer: I've been an avid fan of Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven since the 1970s so my point of view may be slightly biased. Although this particu..Show More »lar series was never completed it still is an incredibly entertaining story especially as an audiobook. Sometimes I wished it was made into a movie but the rich detail of Pournelle's work would be wasted in that media. Perhaps audiobook is the best format. I think is is. The narrator is excellent, handling the various accents perfectly. Definitely worth the money. Enjoy!
There is no book 4. This story ends in a cliffhanger. I Wikipedia'd it the day I finished ..Show More »and saw that there was no release date or status update since 2005. And here's the kicker, the author had a stroke the week before. I wish him the best in his recovery, hopefully he can crank out a finale for the series.
Had I known this was an incomplete story with no payoff, I can't say I would've invested in all three books. The third does improve over the second, although I really enjoyed the first because it remained easiest to follow.