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4.0 out of 5 starsSocialism can Work
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2020
Well only if there is no need for man to work and we humans give up our basic competitive spirit and agree to live under a strictly controlled environment overseen by police bots. The picture painted is bad but is not realistic mans greed knows no bounds to say man will play fair and all our equal well we aren't in intellect to think we will invent robots that take over everything, well dream on it's an interesting concept and story but man will never accept it.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe final episode in an amazing trilogy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 1, 2020
I have absolutely loved this trilogy and am sorry for it to end. The unique storyline ending with the history of the Federation was compelling reading for me. I loved the idea of stasis as punishment and the way robots were used as a positive influence on society but it wasn't always that way. This final book puts the Federation in perspective and highlights how hard it was to unite people throughout time. Tony always hits on the moral/ethical/political issues in life and weaves them into the story in a skilful manner. His play on words is also a great deal of fun. If you like Sci-Fi which is near to real life, you will enjoy this trilogy.
I have never reviewed a book before so please excuse any lack of methodology and I will try to avoid any potential spoilers. I have always read science fiction and spent many hours in libraries after school devouring old yellow jacketed Gollancz editions of primarily Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke. That was over 50 years ago – I’m still a fan of good science fiction so on to Hidden Federation. I have greatly enjoyed Tony's take on science fiction and love his up-to-date inclusion of current technologies and current (for now) affairs. My latest purchase was Hidden Federation, the final installment of the Federation Trilogy. I enjoyed immensely the first two books of the trilogy which captures the world as it is without naming some of today's more obvious personalities but I don’t think this was the best of the trilogy. It IS however the essential conclusion and therefore can’t be missed. I really loved Emily’s "historical" tour of the Federation through foundation, moving swiftly past the Empire stage and avoiding the usual traps of tyrannical emperor. I wish I could esponge! A lot if not all the loose ends were mopped up. I did find the book occasionally frustrating when the story jumped from Emily to Rummy to Free America plots and back to Emily etc.. It left me feeling that it was a bit disjointed but necessary for the timeline. The whole trilogy is an excellent take on first contact and quickly develops into an examination of humanities strengths and its many weaknesses – mind you, the Federation had their own episodes as Emily experiences. So far, I have read most of Tony’s books and will continue to read them until I have exhausted his supply and will then wait impatiently for more!
2.0 out of 5 starsTony Harmsworthy REALLY NOT SO GOOD!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 12, 2020
I love Tony Harmsworty's other books but not this one. It is disjointed and has lost his usual flow. I expected better. Every other book is great except this one. I don't like the way he has tackled the subject and to tell you the truth I gave up at about page 60. I will buy his next book whatever it is.....But this one is a nail. I've given it two stars because the other books in the series were great.
After the action of the first two novels. I was looking forward to more of the same. Unfortunately, this is not it. It's more like a history book now rather than an action-adventure. The loose ends are mostly tied neatly, but as a story is just dies on its feet. Sorry Tony, but this one just doesn't hit the spot like the first two.
The last book of a very interesting story. I enjoyed the series overall and would rate all books five star but this book I felt had a dull ending. I is more a history of the Federations founding and Earths assimilation. America of course was consistent in its international dealings ‘America First’.