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The Pattern Ship: The Pattern Universe, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged

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The story was excellent - I finished the book in two days. However, the book was full of run-on sentences and also sentence fragments, which may bother some folks more than others. I'm glad his wife was willing to edit, but I wish he would get a professional editor next time. It would make the next book easier to read. Having said that, you could see a gradual improvement in sentence structure from the beginning of the book to the end, so hopefully the next book will have better sentence structure and phrasing.

There were also a couple of minor fact checks that got missed. Samurai come from Japan, not China, and the Nubl ship captain changes sex from female to male in mid scene. If the author is like me, he probably stopped halfway through the scene for a beer break and came back with a better story idea and forgot to change the earlier text. That's why he needs an editor.
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In the year 2020, Zirkos finds himself on earth among the "indigenous bipeds who appeared to be harmless gatherers," two billion years after his ship crashed and he entered extended hibernation. To fit in his surroundings and mesh with the inhabitants as well as build a new ship, Zirkos must utilize the patterning technology.

As a homeless man, Zeke has worked hard to claim an alley as his own territory. A restaurant backs onto the alley, with staff leaving him food. Zeke wants to find employment, but he's on a government watch list. As if things aren't bad enough, Zeke also has a metal skull, made from a meteorite, which has bonded to his brain.

When Zirkos discovers the material in Zeke's head is Pheson Alacite, he faces a dilemma. Zirkos needs the material. On the other hand, Zeke will die if the material is removed without careful timing. With an intergalactic conflict to win and a need for human allies, Zirkos decides to team up with Zeke, rather than kill him. As the partnership leads to learning and growth for both Zirkos and Zeke, can they evade Zirkos' pursuers and fulfill their self-imposed mission?

Tobias Roote's writing, particularly the science component of his science fiction book The Pattern Ship, reminded me of the writings of Arthur C. Clarke. Like Sir Arthur, Mr. Roote describes technological advances in a way that makes sense. At the same time, he doesn't try to feed the reader unpalatable jargon. His writing style is clear and easy to understand. I can't wait for the second book in the series, The Nubl Wars.
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I started off liking the science fiction tech in this book but as I read further I became more and more frustrated with the writing style.

What killed this book most for me was that the dialogues were really badly inconsistent for the characters, i.e. the USA President has dialogs that would be more typical of a very young aspergers teenager. I found that even the science tech in the book was in the end not credible. Character development is haphazard and not backed by action, i.e. we encounter sporadic actual descriptions of character development late in the book by the author because he lacks the subtlety to believable evolve characters through considered dialogue and action. (The main character is not presented as badly)

The book is good where dialogue isn't needed, i.e. at the beginning but as the main character is enhanced the author moves out of his area of competence in attempting to present dialogue from real people. My "willing suspension of disbelief" was not up to the task of imagining the dialogues as real.

Suggestions for the author:
Avoid dialogues with more than two people involved.
Avoid dialogues from supposedly competent people who are in a position of power over others, there are subtleties in the speech of those who win elections that need competence in grammar, use of punctuation, use of rythms in speech that catch our ear (rule of 3's, 7's) and many little tricks of effective debate that are absent.
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Though the writing is a little choppy, the story line is thought provoking and unpredictable. The book left me wanting more and I can not wait for the continuation of this story.
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I loved it and knew I was getting to the end of book 1. Damn. Fortunately the next book comes out mid March.

I've read a lot of SF and don't recall the use of technology presented in this book.
Can't wait!
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Once in a while you find that rare author that can take an old idea and make it seam like new again.

There is but one flaw in the book, according to the man's facebook page the author had to "restructured my whole book because converting to .mobi didn't like 'tabs' and then when converting to pdf, .mobi didn't like centred H1 tags." As a result of this error, some individual sentences have been seperated into their own paragraphs. Also, a few commas are missing or have been misplaced behind the wrong word in a sentance, along with question marks and a few exclamation points. These errors are very few, thankfully. the spelling and grammer also check out. This was mearly an accident.

Now for the good news. After reading the first review, which was a better introduction than the information provided on amazon, i purchased the book, and finished it in a eight hour sitting reading all night long.

This book almost reminds me of the Skylark series. The pattern ship has the collective technologies of many sentient races technologies collected in its vast electronic library, which when used together are almost like magic.

The alien that comes to our planet is a scientist, he has more knowleage of technology in his little pinky than an entire room full of geniuses. in the process of rebuilding his ship, he discovers that one of the rarest materials he needs to complete the job arrived on earth in the form of a metior, which was forged into a skull cap by a blacksmith after a prisoner of war, Zene, was taken capture. The result of his capture blew a portion of the top of his head off, which is why he needed the skull cap, and the metal is poisonus, which is slowly killing him.
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