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One Good Soldier (Tau Ceti Agenda, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – October 26, 2010
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This book finished up the story line. Way too many viewpoint characters for what was going on, but the first half was okay. Lots of over described simulated battles, but nothing too bad and a decent read. Then the wheels came off.
The second half of the book read like a college freshman picked up the assignment and took an overdose of ritalin. Just hyper jumping around and over doing every single thing. The technology turned into magic without any meaningful story limits.
It turns out the main driver for the series is revealed in the last few pages, the big secret for the entire world of the books. The one big bad girl's deepest reason for her actions.
And it was so stupid that I am not sure I will read Taylor again. Summary and stupid.
For those who have read the previous 2 books this is a continuation of President Moore against his oh so deliciously evil mother-in-law on a galactic scale.
For those who have not read the first 2 books and like action Sci Fi, get them. They are worth the reading. This is the third in a series where terrorist separatists are dead set to destroy the established order headed by our hero - Moore.
The genius of the book and series are the action scenes (though I agree with a separate comment that the depiction of grunts, stomach tightening, etc to combat the G forces does get a bit wearying), character growth, and finally the emerging details of the society that the separatists live in. This is not a stereotypical depiction and I enjoyed this.
I very much like how Moore's wife emerged from the shadows to be a real person in this book.
Instead or depicting the details of the plot, I will say that it is action filled, the actions is well done, the character development is most enjoyable, and this is a great read. To repeat myself, if you like action Sci Fi get this book and prepare to be entertained.
Also, The "pretend" battles, and the real ones, are described minutely: But in the Doc's case, it is exactly as if he played 5 intense minutes of an online first-person-shooter session, and then went back over the recording and transcribed every bit of it in excruciating (or delicious, if you like it) detail with plenty of "oowaagh!" grunts to let you know high-g forces are in play. You get Every thumb-toggle of an alternate weapon system, spiral evasion move, excited slogan-laden radio communication and techy-sounding acronym. Even the deaths feel like gamer "deaths, kind of inconsequential.
I would have said it is better to spend two pages describing action, rather than one throw-away sentence such as "and then they advanced a click under heavy fire", But this is way, way too much.
I know,I know, if you like it, you like it, but to me it really needs to be edited down.
I loved how evil the villain was. Making her human instead of a cartoon made her actions even worse. I liked the characters. It's a good story. I did my own editing by skimming: "Hmm, battle action starting, skip ahead 1, 2, 3, 5 (!) pages". This David Weber level verbosity is hard to plow through.
Sorry to be negative when there is a gem of a tale pillowed in all the that cellulose verbiage.
The book is an action story where, in the end, the principles of a 600-year old constitution ultimately prevail. However, I did appreciate the rough justice in the concluding chapter where certain people get what's coming to them in a fashion appropriate to the latest Vince Flynn novel. (He writes about the world of special ops and covert actions in our current war.)
I give it 5-stars because it accomplishes its intended purpose quite well. This is an action story with characters we care about and a moral center. Good vs. evil and "Duty, Honor, Country" may sound old-fashioned some time but those values are at the core of this story.
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The point I am happiest with about this series is that I had my wife pick all three up from the library, so I wasted no money on them. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Matthew Morris
Similar to the previous 2 books in the series, but quite good fun. Definitely worth readingPublished 12 months ago by Andy Seidler
Well written and interesting, but some descriptions were just excess verbiage. Same complaint about minimum requirement on total words in a review.Published on February 21, 2013 by Healeyboy
Good end to the trilogy. Good characters, nice action sequences and all loose ends were tied up. And, I like the transforming marine mechas.Published on November 26, 2011 by Michael Lynn Mcguire
Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I like books that leave me feeling good. The good guy wins, the bad guy loses. This one does that. It finishes the trilogy quite well.Published on March 7, 2011 by James Hargrove