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The Antaran Codex Paperback – July 11, 2014
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"A technically flawless production from beginning to end, The Antrian Codex is very highly recommended to the attention of science fiction enthusiasts." ---Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Stephen Renneberg is the author of numerous novels, including The Mothership, The Kremlin Phoenix, and The Siren Project. He is interested in broad political and military themes, and with ideas that affect the future of mankind. Stephen has traveled widely around the world, and he lives with his wife in Sydney, Australia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you can work through the first portion they payoff is worth all the effort and more. The characters are interesting; being both exceptional and flawed at the same time. The universe and humanities low standing in it add some interesting twists and depth.
It is a well crafted story that gets better with each paged turned.
-Had a little bit of trouble getting my mind around the setting. Every civilization is responsible for everyone of it's citizens? So if one human breaks an important law the whole race is punished. Wow that has got to be the stupidest law ever!
Unless your civilization is some kind of hive mind I completely fail to see how that is realistic. Unless you monitor your citizens 24/7, including for any signs of mental illness, which does not seem to be the case. All you need is one nutjob to assassinate the Centauri ambassador because god is talking to him and your off to the races. I have to give the author credit though, it is original.
-The FTL drive didn't much sense to me. You can enter FTL anywhere at anytime? Well that's a great way for a bunch of ships to crash into each other all dropping out near a busy spaceport. A generic Star Wars hyperdrive would have worked just fine, no need to reinvent the wheel.
-The girlfriend character was pointless. I can't even remember her name. We learn nothing about her, so when don't care about her. When the bad guy has a gun to her head my thought was "Go ahead, shoot her. What do I care"
I was rather impressed with the book considering it is the first of its kind for this genre by the author. He develops his characters very well, he integrates the plot very well, and is very creative with the technological innovations he comes up with. Author takes great pains to create an interesting universe. His aliens are not boring, but interesting. The most impressive element that sci-fi authors usually utterly fail at (particularly military sci-fi) was the romantic edge in the book. He doesn't deprive any of the human characters from their humanity, and is able to intricately blend all the paradoxes of human suffering, and existence as to create very likable characters.
If your considering this read, and your not sure, give it a shot. It won't disappoint.