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This review is from: Ep.#1 - "Aurora: CV-01" (The Frontiers Saga) (Kindle Edition)
Would I buy it again? Yes (as a prime member I got it for free and then bought it to support the author)
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes
Would I buy more from this author? Yes
Do I know the author? No
We start out with a young man trying to prove himself and escape his father's (political) shadow; on the maiden voyage of the UES's newest ship. All the trite comments about a tried and true sci-fi cookie cutter formula evaporated after the 10% mark.
Mr. Brown has managed to, in my opinion "nail it." As a first story in a series it has lots of introductions and personality building. Very quickly I stopped thinking characters, and instead used people to describe the crew; as they come alive in a vivid beautiful detail. While there is always more to know I never felt like a scene had cardboard cutouts tossed in as filler.
On the world building we get some flash in the pan broad strokes, enough to infer what has gone on and set a stage for our adventure. On the technical level the author does not bog us down with the how's and why's and just gives us "Push Button To Operate" so no hard corps science; but still a fun story. Perhaps as the series progresses things will flesh out a tad in that department. Truth be told I would rather have PBTO than ill informed or downright BS science that clutters so many stories. I can 'assume' some egghead in the fictional universe could explain it and that is enough for me. Seriously, does not understanding exactly how that iPhone works detract from your satisfaction using it? You touch the screen and it works... why expect the people in a book to be able to explain every item they use as if they were a part of the engineering design team? (and if we really knew how a quantum warp wiz bangie worked would we be.. never mind..)
Like any adventure there are a few times you chuckle and say "yeah and the chances of that are?" But it is just that, a sci-fi adventure STORY.. and if you can't accept that that type of thing (avoiding a spoiler) happens than I suggest you look up some historical long shots.. the battle of Midway comes to mind, as well as a few others.
The only downside is it is short.. I hope Mr. Brown keeps it up... and up's the word count. Other than that a truly great start to what I hope will become a great series.
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Initial post: Jun 25, 2012 7:58:00 PM PDT
Travis Stein says:
Nice review. I went the same route as well.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 11:34:47 AM PDT
Floyd Bailey says:
I agree. My only exception to it is that the Battle for Midway was never a long shot, a gamble as all military action is, but with well trained troops and cracked codes it was an ambush.
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