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Admiral's Gambit (A Spineward Sectors Novel Book 2) Kindle Edition
An Amazon Book with Buzz: "Punch Me Up to the Gods" by Brian Broome
"One of the most electrifying, powerful, simply spectacular memoirs I—or you— have ever read." —Augusten Burroughs Learn more
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- ASIN : B0099RQCHU
- Publication date : November 20, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 709 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 465 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #387,369 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Now, let us throw in a somewhat unusual little romance between two people from different cultures. This provides a rather humorous sexual cat and mouse game where the cat is a lioness and the mouse has no clue what the lioness really wants. Our hero, commonly referred to as the little admiral, is certain he's making one bad choice after another but his choices seem to achieving more then a few successes despite his self-doubts.
This could turn out to be one great sci-fi series if the pace and excitement can be maintained, but there are some issues. As with many a self-published book, there are errors. Unlike the first book, Admiral Who, where the errors were relatively few, this second book, Admiral's Gambit, has enough to make them a little irritating at times. Most of them seem to be typos, and not serious, but it is something that certainly needs to be dealt with. In addition, the one line, `This is the End of Book 2' at the end comes across as rather amateurish.
The writing in general is good, the story looks to be excellent, and there's some great characters but you have to be able to read a book without tripping over typos and bad grammar. There isn't as much tongue-in-cheek humor in this second entry of this sci-fi series and some of the playful writing style has been reduced but it's still a fun read. I am looking forward to the next installment, and I hope a little more time is spent on editing the next e-book in the series.
Update: The Author has informed me the errors have been corrected. Which also tells me he cares about the quality of the work. For that reason I've now given the book 5 stars instead of 4.
What I would have liked to know before I bought this book. (minor spoilers)
1. What type of book is it: adventure, action, drama, etc? This is a swashbuckling sci-fi space opera parody.
2. What is the story about, in general? The story is about Jason Montagne and the adventures of the Lucky Clover. His crew is mutinous, disloyal, unhealthy and cantankerous. Oh, and if a hostile crew, hostile aliens, hostile pirates, and hostile natives aren’t enough, there is the semi-hostile wife and family.
3. What/Who is the target audience? Though the story can entice young adults and adults, I think the target audience is teenagers that like space opera comedy. Do not expect the story to be realistic. It’s one ridiculous event after another.
4. How is the proofreading? Average. There (is) sporadic (sporadic) proofreading mistakes that appear at the (muse) inconvenient (moments.It) kept me (of) pace.
5. Is there character development or exploration? Many of the characters are explored. The important characters have unique, even extreme, personalities that fit particular comedic roles. One, and only one, antagonist had multiple levels beyond rabid opposition. The rest were one dimensional, and not even funny.
6. Are the characters likable? Yes and no. Akantha is beginning to be more irritating than amusing. Bethany is downright hateful. I don’t mean just hateful in the story, but hateful as a character. She’s so one dimensional and venomous that I dreaded reading her. She sucks the ‘funny’ out of the story. The main protagonist usually turns into a whinny little snot around them, simply accepting monumental amounts of verbal abuse. Ouch.
7. Do you have to suspend disbelief? Though it is a parody, there are ‘idiot ball’ moments that broke my story immersion because said moments weren’t funny and also because they results were illogical. It’s as if this book is trying to transition into more legitimate space opera and abandoning parody behind, but is having transition goofs.
8. Does the story keep its pacing? It’s a fun ride. Don’t expect more than cursory logic. The tactics are childish and improbable. A lot of events are simply funny or just silly enough to entertain. Sadly, the exceptions are starting to become ‘the rule’. The book ends with a surprise, but it really gets muddled down with heaps of political drama after the 50 percent mark. The space opera takes back burner to the SAME sort of on Akantha's world, and only gets back on track close to the end.
Some additional things that might irritate are:
A. The repetitive ‘Point Emergence’ scenes. For some reason, the author spent slavish time on them; over … and over … and over. They are used as an allusion to the growing competence of the crew. After the third time, I happily glossed over them.
B. The procrastination in many conversations with the medical doctor, Bethany and Arkhanas. It takes pages of innuendo and hesitation before the characters get to the point. Once more, I began skipping, hoping to get to said ‘point’. Sadly, many times, the procrastination and emphasis on the lack of respect WAS the point.
9. Is the book worth the asking price? I bought this book for 99 cents. I think that’s super cheap.
In conclusion: This book is less of a parody and more of a serious swashbuckling space opera. That doesn’t mean ridiculous, cliché, and unbelievable elements aren’t present. It means that, if the trend continues in the next books, eventually those elements will have to be considered as flaws and not merely humor affectations. On this volume, I would say the elements are on the border of becoming flaws. The ending is interesting, a little telegraphed, but interesting. The action actually whines down as the reader gets closer to the end. Inversely, the political tension revs up. The proofreading is average, with more than a share of errors. The price is cheap at $.99. Though the humor is slowly being leeched from the series, this volume is still amusing enough to entertain. I worry that the parody will completely fade away, as that’s part of the series’ charm. Lastly, this is the second volume where the story action 'revs down' as it gets closer to the end, even before it hits the climax. Not sure how other readers will take that. You'll have to choose if that's your thing.