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The "Star Carrier" series continues
on June 13, 2013
This is the second installment in the "Star Carrier" series. It carries forward both the strengths and the weaknesses in this series. This continues to be a considerable work of imagination in which the author successfully produces a dazzling view of humankind's future. His technological prognostications are creative, plausible, and intelligent. From iPhones and Google Glasses today, to mandatory implants and on-board implanted artificial-intelligence computers tomorrow as the author predicts in this series, it all makes sense. The conflict between Earth and the aliens is interesting and made to seem plausible in this second installment.
This novel, in common with Book One, suffers from a lack of character development and an over-reliance on technobabble. The author is quite capable of spending an entire chapter describing the technology of a given class of star fighter, how warp drive works, etc. It all could have been shortened without harming the storyline one whit. On the plus side I will say that the author writes intelligently about how a future warp drive and other technological advances of a similar nature might work. But in this novel the author continues his trend of over-reliance on such long explanations and the reader often feels as though he or she is essentially wading through this to get to the real purpose of the novel. To the credit of this series, the character development in the second novel is a little better, but only a little. The protagonists are still pretty one-dimensional, and one really gets the feeling that the author is not interested in developing these characters -- he would rather explain for the upteenth time about warp drive, artificial intelligences, and other staples of the series.
Despite the above criticisms, this storyline continues to hold my interest and I am off to book three in the series. RJB.