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AMP Messenger: (Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00DSD8ZDK
- Publisher : Stephen Arseneault; 3rd edition (June 14, 2014)
- Publication date : June 14, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1978 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 234 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,021 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Edit: I'm on the seventh AMP book now, and later in the series AMP ties back into SODIUM in a very engaging way. If you started AMP first, I think you'll still be OK, but if you haven't read either, yet, I highly recommend reading SODIUM and then AMP. If you like sci-fi even a little, you'll be happy you did.
To be fair, I did like the little intro to the world, which is why I gave it two stars instead of one. I liked the idea of Grids, large planetary stations similar to machine planets/colony ships, wandering the galaxy in search of homes.
However, the first chapter fell short. There was too much exposition and telling. The first chapter gave me a short history lesson, mentioned what class of spaceship the main character was in, and what kind of drives the ship had. These were all unimportant pieces of information that had me bored right from the beginning.
Normally, I like technobabble. It's what makes science fiction unique. I like reading something that I don't understand completely, yet that I could understand if I try, that allows me to suspend my disbelief for a moment to enjoy the scientific genius that makes each science fiction book unique.
This was not done well. The technobabble was all spoken through the narrator instead of a scientist or AI, and much of it was at the beginning of the book. You usually want to read them only when necessary, after you've raised the stakes and tension, and introduced the conflict. I do not like being taken out of the story on large scientific rants at the wrong times.
The cover is quite nice, but nowadays, authors are getting smart. They use good covers, and it sometimes masks the weaknesses of the book. This book had so many positive reviews, but the quality of the book does not match the amount of reviews. Each or all books in the series also have the same cover, which is quite a let down for any fans of reading.
I don't know if the worldbuilding could have shone, if not for the excess amount of information thrown at us. It reduced any sort of potential the world had to be unique and imaginative.
It was an infodump of science and history, so I could not finish this book.
Nope. The two main characters are flat with very little depth, and what emotions and motivations they expressed were shallow. By the time I gave up, they'd been rescued from the same situation - in a spacecraft with no motive capability and dwindling resources in the same remote sector of space - twice by the exact same ship and crew. How did their rescuers find them? "Oh, yeah, the admiral thought maybe you'd be out this way. Oh, and by the way, here's the latest on the admiral's secret plan, because you guys are super-competent and would never let that info slip."
So yeah, not recommended.
Unless you’re hard core this should be an enjoyable book to read.
I thought it was well edited and formatted. The writing was also very good. Read the book you you’ll enjoy it.
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I have to say these have been the best stories I have ever read and I have been a science fiction fan for over sixty years. One thing I will say. Every one of these books was without any foul language which I found to be a real demonstration that it is totally unnecessary. I was going to read a series from another author and the first half of the first chapter was fine then out came all the bad and absolutely pointless filthy words so I dumped it. Well done Stephen. I look forward to more from you.
The story has some intriguing things going for it that I hope carry on building in the next instalment, and I rally like the sound of the little fleet of ships that pack a mighty punch.
One thing that does strike me however is the fact that at times they supposedly have no knowledge of earthly things, and the next you see comments that could only be from our history, small niggle but don't be put off,I really did enjoy the read and look forward to some late bed times reading the next.
I'd probably read another one but not if I had to pay for it.
I was gripped by this story, great escapism and will enjoy reading on
got this as a free starter offer for kindle. already bought the second one. i think there are about half a dozen of these in the series so far. unless they get bad, i'm looking forward to ploughing my way through the whole series.
also just noticed that there's another "SODIUM" series by the same author that i might try as well. again, the first instalment is a free kindle offer so i can try it and see if i enjoy the book before buying the rest of the series.