- File Size: 2768 KB
- Print Length: 20 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (June 8, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 8, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZB8DHC4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,599 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Beacon 23: Part One: Little Noises (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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Our narrator is troubled, and looking for peace and quiet. He's not going to get it, and as the storyline unfolds we get the sense the larger work is going to be compelling space warfare story.
As this is essentially the first section of a larger work, it's hard to tell the quality of the overall story, but the detail and the character and the setting is intense, well-designed, and definitely a page turner. On to the next section.
After just finishing Half Way Home, I figured I'd give this a try. This is a fast read- only a few hours in total for all 5 parts, but like Half Way Home is a full and tight story without any fat. It's a story about a war hero who feels isolated from everyone else and becomes the sole inhabitant of a "lighthouse" at the deep edge of space. A man who after his stint in the war, decides to get away from everyone else and suffer alone but ends up finding himself having to choose... again.
There were times in this series I couldn't stop laughing. I'd literally read small snippets to my wife because they were so much fun. But there were also parts of the book that were very dark. Howey blends the ups and downs, the hopes and fears seamlessly into a story which asks a simple, yet important question about how how we as individuals and even countries interact with each other. While Howey is hardly the first person to ask this, he does so without being overly preachy and in an entertaining way.
Definitely worth the $5 I paid and a story I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys good books.
Part One - clickety-clang! - brought back the reading pleasure of the great scifi short stories of half a century ago (Heinlein, Bradbury, Asimov), no less.
After wading through some behemoths of the Space Opera genre — dragging on for thousands of pages and zillions of lightyears without actually getting anywhere at all, like an overobese Murakami reviewed by a committee of Lost writers — Howey here restores the fine art of storytelling. A Pleasure!