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- File size : 2920 KB
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (April 1, 2014)
- ASIN : B00J48FGG2
- Publication date : April 1, 2014
- Print length : 189 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
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- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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Publication date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
I find it interesting that right after rereading SHOGUN by James Clavel in which an English navigator is immersed in Japanese culture and society circa 1600, I, by chance, chose to read book 3 in William Dietz' 4 volume Sam McCade.series. In this one McCade is immersed in the alien Il Ronnian culture in order to prepare to retrieve a religious artifact stolen from the Il Ronn by human pirates. If McCade fails it means war. A war for which the human empire is poorly prepared. No matter which side wins, war would mean mass destruction and millions of deaths on both sides.
The Il Ronn aliens, who appear in more than one Willism Dietz book, look very much like the traditional human idea of the appearance of Satan. And they like it hot. in Dietz' world, this leads to at least two interesting thoughts by academics (and anyone else who can think.): When humans met the Il Ronn, humans were conditioned by thousands of years and multiple generations to view them as evil on appearance alone, so peace never had a chance and should be tried. The other thought is that the human reaction to the Il Ronn stems from ancient contacts with the Il Ronn which were so horrible that their very physical appearance became inexorably linked with evil...which they are, so war is inevitable.
Generally speaking, William Dietz books range from good to excellent with an occasional stinker in the mix. ALIEN BOUNTY is one of Dietz' better ones and my favorite in the Sam McCade series.
While not great it does fairly well until about 60% of the way through. I guess the author lost interest? All the established characters get notably stupider, the plans are unworkably simple, new characters are interchangeable, and lots (oh so many) of handy coincidences...
A small note: I might suggest if you are looking for crystal vial worth going to war over: Blowing up every room, spaceship, person, airlock, and random items that get within range, might maybe run the risk of... Oh I don't know, BLOWING THE VIAL TO DUST?
The author in a couple spots (page 175 is one) seems to think planets and asteroids generate gravity due to spin. Not pseudo gravity in a Ringworld (centrifugal force) sense, but actual gravity. That took it from 2 to 1 star for me.
If it had stayed at about the level of the first few chapters, it'd be 4 star light reading, 3 star compared to my overall library.
Bottom line: I got a signed copy, with a signed by the author sticker on the front, and it cost me $1, with no tax. That is about what it's worth.
As a final criticism, I found the aliens in the story didn't act alien. This annoyed me as the author goes out of their way to make a point regarding cyborgs in the late novel, and the point lost it's entire dramatic impact because the aliens weren't actually alien (enough).