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Rebel Empire: A Novel of the Spanish-Confederate War based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Cant wait twill parrt 3 this was part 2
Great book. It's been a while since I read the series so I may get parts confused. Good to see Bennett willing to whack the occasional main character, but do it infrequently. One of my pet peeves with some other writers is the desire to whack one character every so many chapters like Turtledove. I don't mind main characters dying of old age or even in battle, disease, etc., but too often and the reader stops buying into the main characters emotionally. And emotionally is a large part of why many people read. I won't read Martin because he thinks killing main characters regularly is a good thing. Won't spoil how the war ends, but parts of it were a surprise and surprises keep us on our toes. Good solution to the Cuba problem that stays true to where Bennett appears to be going with this storyline. Shame there isn't a way to hide spoilers in reviews for those who don't want spoilers as some of the spoiler information might give undecided readers a reason to become decided buyers. There are a few other surprises in the series for those who haven't read any of the books. One huge bonus, in my opinion, is Bennett's willingness to have surprises. Some writers try surprises, but often they are predictable a mile off. Nothing wrong with occasional surprises that are predictable, but Bennett keeps enough unpredictability in them to make it worth reading. When I read some other writers, I can accurately predict the surprise outcomes 99% of the time. Not so with Bennett. Can't wait to see how World War I, or whatever he is going to call it, turns out. FYI, I am not knocking predictability overall as a certain amount of predictability is a good thing. For those not familiar, Bennett has a blog on WordPress where he posts teases and updates. He has been great at responding to questions posted on his blog and eliciting feedback from readers. He also teases us at the end of his books with a brief intro to the next book.