Luckily for the human race, Steve Protagonist is the one who encounters the aliens and is able to come up with a plan to save us all.
The ma..Show More »in character at least does have a bit of an arc. The things that annoyed me the most about him in Chapter 1 are the self-revelations that change his way of thinking (a little) during a few of the Pivotal Conflicts at the end of the book.
Secondary characters change their personalities to fit the story, For example, the wife who is fierce and independent... except when suddenly she's not. The protagonist's children are also very convenient non-entities who disappear entirely for most of the book.
Events happen in far too short of a timeline to seem realistic. Spaceships and tech, sure. Unrealistic human interactions...? Nope.
Second book is better than the first. We get much more personable characters that learn and grow as they go through the world. Also we finally get S..Show More »pace Battles with Space Marines that last for more than a paragraph. the Author has achieved Space Opera.
I also enjoyed the nods to various other authors in the genre. Maple syrup as a worthless commodity is funny (nod to Ringo), Engage! I am looking forward to the next book.
This is book three in the Learning Experience series. Our protagonist, Captain Hoshiko Stuart, spoke her mind and is now exiled for six months from S..Show More »ol to a naval base far away in the unexplored sector. She is in command of a single squadron of Starships. They discover an alien race threating to exterminate all other races. She joins some other alien races to defeat them. Of course, she makes commitments and agreements beyond her authority but they are a long way from Sol and the seat of government.
Our hero is a likable character with courage and honor. She is sort of like David Weber’s character Honor Harrington. The book is well written and the pace is fairly fast. Nuttall creates some interesting and extremely likeable characters. Most often he has strong women in his stories and in this book as the lead character. I like that Nuttall did not do a lot of rehashing background from prior books in the series. He did just enough to trigger recall of the history of a situation or person. This is a good action packed get- away- from- it- all space opera.
The book is almost 12 hours long. Christian Rummel does an excellent job narrating the story. Rummel is an award-winning audiobook narrator.