- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse (July 30, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583483837
- ISBN-13: 978-1583483831
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,151,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nevertheless, this is not what I expected.
This book is a compilation of several characters, drawn from his Blackford Oakes series of stories. The characterizations are good, of course, and the writing is up to Buckley's standard, which is high. But, there is nothing original in the book. It is simply a collection of characters.
The book was scanned from originally published material. Some of the scanning was faulty, resulting in mistakes like 'War College' being translated into 'Wan College'. Every 'r' is not changed to an 'n'; just often enough to irritate the reader.
For Buckley, who is a perfectionist, it must be cause for great annoyance.
William Buckley is a good, if not a great writer, who has spent his lifetime worshipping the English language. Buy the original stories, wherein you will get all of these characterizations, and the rest of the story to boot. This book is only an appetizer.
Author of THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS: Our Journey Through Eternity