- File Size: 1650 KB
- Print Length: 310 pages
- Publisher: All or Nothing Books; 1 edition (January 20, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 20, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RY202VO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,400 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Thousands of years from our time, humanity has colonized parts of the galaxy and created highly-advanced technology that uses singularities to jump across space, nanites to repair the human body...and has really screwed itself in a scientific "experiment" gone terribly wrong. The possible extinction of humanity seems real and, as more battles are lost than won, very likely. And yet, humans may find a way...if Sarah Dayson and her crew have anything to say about it.
Alan's writing style is solid and easy to read. The technology is referenced in ways that don't bog down the pacing but do help a person like myself (more an artsy-type than a scientist) to follow along and become immersed. The "Save Humanity" plot unfolds in not just a universal way but a very personal one, as seen through the viewpoint of protagonist Sarah. The universe and military structure is well-built and believable; the characters given more dimension, interactive dialogue, and relationships than most novels of this type. (I especially enjoyed Sarah's captain's logs)
Alan's career background comes through strongly with constant navigational and coordinate-lingo, but it gave me a good feel for the workings of a military craft & crew. At times, I sort of skimmed through these sections when it slowed the pace for me.
The book alternates between Sarah's and 'the Hive's' viewpoints effectively;it gives us just enough understanding of the devouring, ruthless Enemy in short, creepy glimpses. The Hive at first reminded me of Ender's Game and its "buggers" - but this is dispelled in the first eerie scene of the book.
One of my few questions is regarding the book's title--the phrase is not referenced in the story (unless I missed something even after a word search) and could have been very effective, if somehow woven into the story's fabric. A military phrase? Poetic symbolism? Even after reading the last word...I still don't know what the "Anvil" actually is. But it's not going to stop me from reading the next book in this series, On the Shores of a Dark Sea. I look forward to continuing the journey if Sarah and her crew.
Up until about the 50% mark I’d say it was an enjoyable read. I had by then noted that I was reading an imaginative story based upon well-speculated scientific principles, a veritable hard military sci-fi book (thus hitting my genre preference dead center). But from mid-way onwards the story took off and became an excellent, excellent read. Maybe this happened because from that point onwards the author was more familiar with the intricacies of writing a novel and so was able to rock-and-roll with the talent he so clearly has. Maybe the story was simply meant to develop that way. Either way, I read the first half intermittently for a few days only to wolf down what remained from late afternoon to the evening.
I despise spoilers. I’ll give you none. Read for yourselves in full knowledge of the fact that you’ll be getting your money’s worth.
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It culminated in a story where I want to know what happens next.
The action along the way fair flys with violence and action.