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A Choice of Treasons
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2011
First, I give it 4 stars only because very few things in this world ever rate 5 stars.

When I was part way thru, I realized why it had been difficult to get started. I had a little Deja Vu back to when I first read "Dune" by Frank Herbert.

While the stories have no relation whatsoever, they both introduce a brand new universe with new concepts, intrigues, its own vernacular, and you are dropped into a story moving forward with no idea what's transpiring, or why its all happening. So you are first trying to learn a new thought process unique to understanding the story, while also trying to catch up on what appears to be a story with an untold past, as well as the relationship of all the characters, and learning the whole new Universe. But eventually, the past story is told when it needs to be, and like anyone one dropped into a brand new job, you do your on-job training and pretty soon, all the concepts fall into place and you start looking forward to the next twist or turn.

I read a lot of books, and I have never NOT finished one. Sometimes, I just want to get to the end just to find out if I wasted my time. Sometimes, its an interesting story, but when its done, that's all it was -- an interesting story. Sometimes, I don't want to put it down, can't wait to pick it up again, and miss the characters, the story, and the world when it is done because the author made me care about them all, and I wonder what they are doing today. THAT is "A Choice of Treasons".

Slowly we see the main character, York, in not only a different light, but light that keeps changing intensity, focus and direction. I am not only amazed that the author was able to keep track of everything, and where it was all leading, but how many new and different challenges were provided to both the characters and the reader, and none of threads was lost, left unexplained, or came to disappointing conclusions.

And he did all this without the supposition that the readers will know how it all works just cuz we've seen Star Trek and Star Wars.

Although I don't write book reviews and don't know what is SUPPOSED to be said, I have come here to write review because I really, really enjoyed reading this book and think the author deserves a large following. If the first reviewer is right, I look forward to his future publications. It is books like this that will help us all avoid the Agency 6 publishers until they, too, learn how to properly price an ebook.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2012
A perfect blend of focus on the characters & tech. I am no science expert so I can't comment on the accuracy of the technology but wonder of wonders I could follow it! There is enough tech to satisfy(I hope)any science guru while not overloading us laymans.Ah, I loved the main character/hero. Even being the hero he is human & flawed, and doesn't escape unscathed, after all it is war. I loved to hate the nastier characters & the well horrible things they did. I haven't been this anxious while reading in a long while, this book held me from the first page, I rarely give 5 stars but this book very much deserves it.I hope there will be more bks based in this universe but I recommend anything by this author-I've read The Thirteenth man, Child of the sword, & soon When dead ain't dead enough, which were just as wonderful! A huge Thank you to the author can't wait for the next great read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2012
This was a really good that i just could not put down. it was fast paced, but still easy to fallow with lots of space fighting and gun fight's.i really like the main character York who always tried to do what was right and kept on moving forward. i hope that the Arthur will wright more about York life and the world that he lives in.

one more thing to mention is that i have never read a book that had the main character get hurt so much . i mean this guy was losing arm's leg's lost a eye and even had his hart taken out a few times, got to say he's hard core
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
This book is a pure delight to read.
1. It is not a 'coming of age' story. YEAH!!
2. It is both new and familiar so politics can be treated in small doses.
3. It has a plot design from beginning to end that is both complex and fulfilling.
4. It has excellent prose and smart language choices.

My choice for best Sci-Fi single volume read.

My choice for best multi-volume SciFi series would the the Laiden series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, if that comparison makes sense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2013
I'm always looking for the next great scifi author,but every once in a while I want to settle into the surety of superb writing so I read A Choice of Treasons again. A believable but larger than life hero that gathers a stout hearted bunch and sets off to make the world a better place. And succeeds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2013
A great story. Likable protagonists, and villains that slowly build up into monsters. Lots of action and intrigue. And no lasers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
I actually liked the book and would have given it four or five stars because of the action, twists, and the inventiveness, IF I could actually be sure what was going on. My big bugbear was the editing. Very often the Point of View and characters in the scene itelf, as well as the location would change from one line to the next without any warning whatsoever. Most authors would either start a new chapter, put a string of anything meaningless in the way to show that the scene had changed, or even left three lines or so of space. Not here. Straight on with the story without a break. This meant I had to continually reread to establish where I was. Very annoying. Get a line editor! (NB read on my laptop)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2012
A Choice of Treasons is a long, fun read and is available at an absurdly low price. Buy it.

I may have given this book 5 stars had I not previously read The 13th Man, a book written after and set in the past of A Choice of Treasons. ACOT was good, but the writing isn't as well done as in the writer's later book. I didn't particularly like how the main character, York, was so good at doing everything. A few more character flaws would have been nice. Also, it was at times hard to keep track of who's who of the plotting conspirators in the background. There were so many and only a few of them individualized themselves. Those small complaints aside, everything else was very enjoyable.
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on February 2, 2015
I almost did not read this book because the POV changes were confusing until I got to know the characters. I think the author could solve this with Headers indicating character or even local. A glossary of characters would help also. But once I got past the first 4 or 5 chapters I enjoyed the book. I did not give it 5 stars because of the unexplained weird powers the main character would occasionally experience which of course got him out of lethal situations. Also this was more political intrigue than space opera. I don't really see a need for a sequel but I would probably read it. (As long as it differs from "the hunted" aspect of this book.)
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on March 15, 2014
Are you looking for a great character driven read, then get this book. Looking for action, looking for a book you won't get bored with in the first chapter, try A Choice of Treason you won't be sorry. I could hardly put the book down. I took it to the gym with me, unheard of, and wish Doty would write a sequel.
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