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Posted September 19, 2009
Fun "Beach Book", Fast Read, Easy to Put Down
I picked this book up because I was looking for a fast, fun read that would not require too much out of me. This book meets that requirement well, but so do many others. I would recommend this book to you if: (1) you were looking for a fast read; (2) like stories about a smart, capable hero on the run for their life against seemingly impossible odds; (3) don't mind having some sci-fi elements thrown in on top of a story that may actually be more interesting than the story itself; and (4) don't need to be immersed in a world / get to know characters / where you will really care what happens next.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The plot of the book - and I'm not giving away here more than you can derive from the cover - is that a stealth mission to a hostile planet discovers a powerful artifact that splits the team into competing factions who are in a race against time to control it.
Positives. What I do like about the book is that it was reasonably fast paced - in the first half of the book because characters and technologies are being introduced, and in the second half because of the direct, and deadly, competition between the characters to control the artifact. The use of military technology, motivation (albeit simple), and capabilities of the characters are clearly laid out.
Negatives. The narrative switches from one type of book - a group on a mission - to another type - two characters in direct deadly conflict - about halfway through. The transition is expected (you read the cover after all!) but still jarring. The resolution of the conflict at the end of the book is pretty much as you would expect (after all, the bad guy, while competent, is always clearly bad), but at the end the appearance of a random third party does let one of the key characters off the hook when they are backed into an impossible situation.
Conclusion. A reasonably interesting book - I did after all read the whole thing. You have to be in the right mood to read it though. Several interesting scientific, military and cultural elements are introduced that could have been followed up on in more detail and with more consistency.
Note. This is the first John Ringo book I have read, so I am not sure that I "get him" as an author yet. I did however, based on this book, go pick up a Michael Williamson book ("The Weapon") to try next.
Posted June 2, 2004
Not normal Ringo
John Ringo is one of my favorite authors. I was disappointed in the characters, events and ending of this book. The main character was a Darhel from the previous series (Gust Front, Hymn Before Battle, etc) so we got to learn some interesting information about them and that was neat. But I guess I like my space opera standard, not focusing on the negative. Good plot and cast of characters, I just did not like what they did with them and where they were going. The ending seemed like they realized they must tie up the book so, and so surprise! bam! which could have happened anywhere in the story, just seemed convenient that it happened there. If you like dark characters and plot twist zingers, this is well written but just not for me. More like previous please!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 10, 2011
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