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Review of Comet Clement Series
on October 29, 2012
I just recently finished book 12 of this series. Like other series I have read some of the books are better than the others, which is why I waited to leave a review. First off, the fact that I made it through all 12 books says that this was an entertaining story. I loved that the author took the time to show the different steps in preparation of the comet strike. As a reader I was able to get to know each character before they were shoved into stressful situations. Each character was well developed with a background story. If you are a fan of this genre I would recommend this series as you definitely get your money's worth.
So why only three stars? Punctuation and grammar. It was bad, bad, bad. It is distracting to the story. There were sentences with too many words (ex. "Shuttle Exploration was began its descent"). There were some sentences that were so bad I could only guess as to their meaning. Some sentences were missing words. In book three I was so distracted I started highlighting all the mistakes and reached well over 200. The author doesn't appear to understand the difference between various homonym's (past/passed, bear/bare). If you have a problem with a plethora of grammatical errors than I suggest you pass on this story.
The very back stories that I loved earlier, well as a reader you are inundated with the back story of, I swear, every single character. Page after page of back story on a character that shows up only twice in twelve books. Example, the New York museum lady, she only shows up a couple of times and the author did a Great job of showing her character through her actions and dialogue. There was no reason for a lengthy description of her past childhood and why art was so important to her, she made that abundantly clear herself.
The author created three possible ways to survive the comet with the arks, each with their own weaknesses. I had hoped that the author would delve into what it would be like to live in these different conditions, instead he turned it into some kind of a soap opera. We've got people falling in love, people trying to break them up, misunderstandings, manipulations, revenge etc. Everything but what it was like to live through a comet strike, to realize the world is gone. The biggest problem is that some of these story lines went nowhere, ex. Maddox/the guy who missed his fiance (can't recall his name). This story dragged on for a few books and in the end it did nothing to advance the story, just like the author got tired of writing about it so he ended it.
And finally, the author places many of his characters in situations that are just completely unbelievable. There is always a certain amount of belief that you have to suspend in books but the author just went too far. A gun fight on a space station? Eating once every three days but nobody dies, or even acts like they're starving. There are more, but I don't want to run the risk of exposing any spoilers.
In the end I don't feel this story rates more than three stars but I would suggest giving it a try, you can get books 1-3 for only .99 cents so you won't be out much but your time.