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R.C. Bray made it better than it really was...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-19

I feel that this story would have been better if it were more about Cronus and less about Giles. The interaction between the two was great. It was a touch science fiction, psychology, and philosophy. It asked questions we may find ourselves asking in the near future. Unfortunately, these interaction were no more than bookends. The main story was plodding and uninspired. RC Bray did a great deal of legwork making it interesting and keeping it moving forward. It's not a book I'll read again--at least anytime soon. It could have been much more, but...it lacked soul.

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Different than the movie, still stands up

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-19

The book feels just a tad dated, but overall still stands up well.

Lex is quite possibly the most annoying character ever created and Scott Brick does too good of a job portraying that horrible little person. Fortunately in the movie she was changed so as to not drive everyone mad with rage every time she speaks.

The story had too many convenient circumstances for my my taste and dragged in a few spots, but overall it was entertaining.

Very good premise and story with a weak and clumsy ending.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-17

The story was unique and, without giving much away, involves space, time and humans mucking around where they shouldn’t belong and with what they don’t understand. The build up was excellent, although many of the characters weren’t fleshed out as well as I would have liked. Some were too stereotypical. The main character, Mike, was unique and I really liked his abilities.

I liked everything until the end. All of it comes crashing together and ultimately feels rushed, clumsy, and just a setup for a series.

TLDR: Great premise with a great lead. Cool science fiction topic marred by a clumsy and rushed ending that leaves too much out there to be answered and sometimes too unbelievable to suspend disbelief.

A rehashing of things we've heard before...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-16

What would have made Revolutionary Summer better?

I wish it went deeper into the main players like the Howes, Washington, Congress, Knox, Lee, Greene, etc. The book just scratches the surface of the story. It could have been longer and since it wasn't it feels rushed.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I enjoyed hearing about the first months of American Independence and the reasoning behind why things happened as they did. I wished there was more backstory to some of the main individuals. I feel like that would have provided more insight into why they did what they did.

What didn’t you like about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance?

The narrator was monotone and really didn't bring any life to the story. Since the story dragged on a bit at times the monotonous performance made it feel much worse.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Revolutionary Summer?

The story felt as though it was going over the same thing time and time again. I felt like I heard about the enlistment periods of the troops about 10 times in the book. If anything I would have added more to the story and asked for more depth than what the book delivers. I enjoyed books by Chernow (Washington: A Life, Hamilton), McCullough (1776, John Adams, and others) and even other Ellis books (Founding Brothers, The Quartet) because they seemed to delve deep into the story of the people they investigated. This felt like it was taken out of context and it was hard to get a feel for the why behind things. If I hadn't already read some of these other titles I may have been left looking for more answers.