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The Long Way Home Paperback – September 1, 2009

3.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155404703X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554047031
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,866,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I have read about 20,000 books in my lifetime, much of it science fiction but history, mystery, war, popular and historical fiction as well. I also write and have a variety of books published in print and as e-books. I like to write humor and adventure/mystery/science fiction/suspense/thriller novels and short stories. I have worked in the medical field, am a Vietnam Veteran and currently live and write in east Texas where my wife Betty and I owned a Christmas tree farm until two years ago. I like to correspond with fans and can be reached through my web site, www.darrellbain.com We have two dachshunds that I've written about. I currently have about fifty books in print.

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Great alien environents. Characters you care about. Fast paced. I cant wait for the sequal. Those nasty monkey claws need a good butt kicking. If Bain had skipped the sleasy romance details I would give it 5 stars. However Porn and Sci Fi Combos are usually much worse. Please stick to pure Sci Fi next time Darrell.
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First, confession time: I didn't make it through this book. 20% of the way in, I decided that I'd given it a chance, and could in all fairness put it down.

The idea is appealing - who doesn't love a castaway story, a quest to return home with only your wits and the contents of a lifeboat to get you there? Unfortunately, the writing just couldn't support the story the author wanted to tell. There were two big issues I had with the writing. The first was composed of a lot of little issues of terminology and jargon. After a while, the difference between a Spacer 3 and an Explorer 2, or a warrant officer and a lieutenant, start to get confusing - and I have read a lot of military scifi, I know what the "standard" ranking system is supposed to look like. I got the feeling that somewhere there was a nifty chart laid out with a detailed ranking system, which the author thought was cool and somehow wanted to shoehorn into the book.

The most irritating thing to me was the constant sexual background to everything. Yes, I recognize that add ANY two human beings together anywhere, and there's going to be SOME kind of sexual factor involved, however faint or unimportant - humans are sexual beasts, and Bain's characters are all youngish healthy specimens trapped in a small craft for a long journey. But it just got really old really fast having to slog through yet another random male's internal monologue describing the sexual qualifications of a random female. Apparently every male on the boat was evaluating every female primarily on her breeding potential. Again, yes, I'm a guy, I KNOW that this isn't totally unrealistic - but the characters just weren't developed enough for me to CARE that John thought Marsha had nice eyes and cute ears. Or that Luke thought Holly had firm calves. Etc. Etc.
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Unlike other Space Opera out there, this begins on a minor key- and takes a long time to show promise. The book follows Jeremy, assigned as an 'Explorer', one of the troops sent by the mother ship to evaluate the suitability of a planet for colonization. I do not want to spoil the plot by describing what happens next, but it is traumatic. Persevere, and you will be rewarded by seeing castaways surmount numerous obstacles. They have a crucial assignment: to alert Earth to great danger. Everything else- equipment failure, hazardous planets- must be overcome.
As others note: the story introduces, then discards, many characters who show promise of contributing to the ship's mission. Some are sparring partners, others are superiors, a few are rivals, but the author randomly eliminates them. And a few are sexy crushes. Now, were they necessary, other than as trite hookups in outer space? (minus one star) I think the concern with military courtesies is warranted- but this is a life-and-death.
So the crew of Hurricane Jack is led by Brackett, an understanding man, willing to turn a blind eye to fraternization if crew are happy, and he carefully gauges untried people in order to fill empty slots. The ship is a mixture of semi-automated environmental systems and humans who calculate and monitor its' trajectories and planetary landings. There are detailed explanations of systems like this:
"... then someone noticed how many longboats crapped out forty light years from nowhere. I don't care how many automated corrosion gauges you have installed, it takes a human eye to pick up some kinds of damage. Like right there. See it?"
He was glad now that he'd read so assiduously for the job.
"The different color?"
"According to the manual, that's an indication of impending damage.
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I enjoyed this book and although I don't want to give it away, I really liked reading about the character's lives. I for one didn't mind the sex parts of the books. It really wasn't all that graphic. Yet it did help me feel for the people more. I was amazed at the worlds and the dangers that they encountered. Always something so strange. How they went to faster than light or warp speed or whatever was a novel idea. Oh and the monkeyclaws were seriously bent creatures! I liked the ending and it left me with a good feeling. I kept saying to myself, "Wow! That was a good book". Of course I'm just an average joe here and not a professional critic. I've seen some people here citicize us average reader's comments. It's the one or two naysayers who are the odd man out. Most of us are having a good time reading good books from this great Author. There are some formatting errors in here but not bad enough that I can't just ignore it. It's the story that counts! And the kindle price is right. You know, I could seriously see this one as a movie. It would sure be something new and fresh. I'm quickly becoming a Sci-fi fan, and Darrell Bain is to blame!
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I really like Bain's writing style and approach to a new and refreshing twist to SFI FI. I read everything he writes. This is just another example of his originality.
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