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This review is from: Death's Head Maximum Offense (Hardcover)
David Gunn's 2nd outing in this intriguing new series is another rompin' and stompin' space opera, but like the 1st book, the first half is not as strong as the last half.
Therein lies the rub.
Starting strong is great. A must, really. But ending it with a bang is just as important. The middle of the book really bogs down with meandering prose, and with a lack of detail and focus, the reader starts to skim read. Something a writer should not want.
Although we like Gunn's overall Riddick-like bad boy character, Sven, as well as a motley crew that can be quite interesting, David Gunn tends to sometimes go off on a tangent that is hard to follow.
Sven and his strange group go on a mission to a strange spoke wheel-type world, filled with savage and harsh terrain, and even stranger and more savage beings. Like we said before, the set-up here is the strong point of the book, and even when the group gets to their destination the action starts right off, pulling the reader by the throat into a dark territory op.
Now, for us, it takes a little while to get used to David Gunn's 1st person prose. But once you get into his style, it can be fun and funny. But unfortunately, one can tell when David has a good day of writing and when he doesn't. But when he's on, he's on!
Action sequences are not the best, nor are they the worst we've ever read. There are certainly better writers that could write hardcore mercenary sci-fi action much better than this. But Gunn is adequate. We are hoping he gets better with time.
But we have to say that David Gunn has a unique voice, and is worth checking out if you like hardboiled, gritty sci-fi action/adventure.