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The Last Praetorian (The Redemption Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 405 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1106 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0M85KK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,601 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Mike Smith is 32 years old Project Manager. He has been writing stories for as long as he can remember having started with fan-fiction, before progressing to writing SciFi novels.

His debut novel The Last Praetorian, the first book of The Redemption Trilogy is now available on all good eBook stores.

He spends much of his free time, when not writing, playing with his children...really a full time job.

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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Raine Falconer on June 16, 2013
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I am always looking for a new author to follow or a new book series to read and the blurb for this one sounded good. I truly want to rate it higher but I just can't and that poses a problem for me because, shucks...I really like the plot of this book. I really do!! There is something about the space opera plot which is just plain fun and I continue to read it (I'm about 60% done)though the short-comings are numerous and truly epic at times.
The criticisms other reviewers have posted have all connected with me and I'm not going to belabor them too much but there are things I'd like to post because I hope the author (MIKE SMITH) will read this and try to learn from it.
Mr. Smith: You have been gifted with a great story. I mean this honestly. I also believe you have talent but you desperately need to hire a beta reader and/or a good editor. There are spelling errors which spell-check didn't catch because the word isn't "misspelled" but it's the wrong word...incite when it should be insight etc. Find and fix those...it's not rocket science. A good dictionary or a thesaurus would make a huge difference. Don't make up words to use which aren't real words. You're better than that. Your sentence construction is horrible. Take a remedial English 101 class or whatever will help you with it. Learn grammar and punctuation rules over again, obviously they're missing far too much of the time in this story. Tighten up your dialog, it sounds too stilted. I thought you did a very good job of building the character of Jon Radec until you turn him from a hard-living professional soldier with guts and training and integrity into a blithering blundering half-wit in the presence of not only pretty women but his own father.
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82 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Sparta on November 19, 2012
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The author builds a highly effective plot line about a trusted warrior that does his duty day after day at great personal cost. I enjoyed the story and readers who like character driven plots with lots of action will too. This is a military sci-fi story with a love interest which draws the reader in as you come to care about the principal players. No spoilers from me. Do you want fighter combat, station assaults, intrigue and assassination attempts, a collapsing empire? If yes, select for purchase. Military Sci-Fi is my primary reading pleasure and this is a keeper within the category.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Loren Willis on January 25, 2013
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I wanted to like this book. The premise and liner notes were indicative of something I tend to like. But I had to force myself to read to the end. The story lines and plot elements were just not plausible.

Example: You are the sole remaining bodyguard of the only heir of the now assassinated emperor following an apparent coup d'etat. You have no idea what military units you can trust. You don't know who might be looking for you and your famous protectee. So, naturally, you take her to dinner at one of the most upscale restaurant's on the backwater planer you are on (where you grew up), and then take her dancing at a dive bar, where you, naturally, run into old high school enemies who are going to now mess you up, years later.

Add in editing errors such as "there" being used instead of "their" (repeatedly) and just wasn't an engaging read.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kona Mike on January 22, 2013
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Well told tale with the right mix.
Only thing wrong too many errors in syntax or spelling.
Though it didn't detract from the storyline too much. Just irritating.
Suggestion to the author, have someone else read for errors before publishing.
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71 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey C. Weadock on November 21, 2012
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There are so many spelling and grammar mistakes that it is difficult to read. After 30 pages or so, it became too much. That, coupled with the poor dialog, means that I don't see myself finishing this book. Please find an editor or hire a proofreader, as that would make this book readable.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Marie L. Vera on February 27, 2013
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I hesitate to write this as I am sure that the author worked really hard to put pen to paper - or rather ink to laser to paper to produce this book. Perhaps a great deal of research went into setting up the space environment. Another salient point is that we are all offered the first installment for FREE! Free is good. That being said, I would be less than an honest reader if I did not bring certain intrinsic problems to your attention dear reader and, by proxy, to the attention of the "author."

First and foremost, the technical writing is terrible. Did the author have anyone editing the book? An alpha or beta reader? ANYone?!

I was, for lack of a better descriptor, stunned at the poor quality of the writing; of grammar usage, of punctuation and exposition. Perhaps 'angry' should precede 'stunned,' as that is what I felt when I saw the myriad issues from almost the beginning of the book. That the author would attempt to pass this tripe off as WRITING is laughable at best, and insulting to his consumer base at worst. The dialog was stilted - I think it was intended to lull his faithful readers into thoughtlessly assigning said dialog as flirtatious banter. There were ridiculous run-on sentences that were passed off as paragraphs. There were inane punctuation errors that made my eyes roll so far into my head, I saw my medulla oblongata as they completed the 360˚ circuit.

Journey with me, if you will, to the land of Mr. Smith's writing the following three consecutive "paragraphs."

"It was only with her back to Jon that what he originally thought was a very demure gown possessed no back, with bare skin showing from her neck, though miles of expansive back ending just above her derriere." <--<--<--This was a paragraph...
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