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The Blockade Run by [Greco, James Ivan]
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Length: 27 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1757 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Chaotic Neutral Books (January 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OOBP0K
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By C. Morelock on February 23, 2012
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I picked this up on a whim because it was a) cheap and b) appealed to my love of military science fiction.

What we have here is a short story concerning a brief adventure of the protagonist, Susan "Tsunami" Nakamura. The biggest problem with the story is that half the time, it's not really clear what's going on- we know that Tsunami and her crew are...I don't know, defending a bigger ship and then dropping some cargo off on a planet. Making her a mercenary at least deals with the "why" of the situation: for money, dear boy. The story is mostly action- there's little in the way of science in this sci-fi, and I'm OK with that, but it comes off as chaotic. And like I said, it's not easy to understand what's going on.

Also, I found it a little off-putting that we're given a few alien races that I guess we're supposed to know about right off the bat.

Now, if I was reading Star Trek fluff I could be expected to know what a Vulcan, Andorian or Borg is; however, for a story that seems intended to serve as an introduction to these characters and aliens, we don't get much on them. The story features the characters being snarky, and not a whole lot else. I say skip this one, and download one of the free Andre Norton stories instead.
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The Blockade Run was a decent short read. No room for character development or history because of length, but the writing in general was well done. There were a lot of terms that were made up that I didn't quite understand. Or perhaps, they weren't made up. I don't know, but I didn't know what many of them were. There are no cliffhangers, but it feels like there's more of a great story that was left out.

The formatting was great. I didn't find any grammatical errors, not that I was really looking for any. the story was over before it started.

Recommend if you're commuting on a train or slugging for an hour, or if you're a Sci-Fi fan.
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So long as you go into reading THE BLOCKADE RUN by J.I. Greco with the right expectations, you're likely to have a good time. It's a short-story so it is, well, short. There's not a great deal of character development, back-story, or context for the actions/events that take place.

What you will find is a small cast of entertaining characters, fun dialogue, and slightly zany situations.
If you're a science fiction fan looking for a good, light-hearted story to pass an hour or so of time with, this is a great choice.

[-150to+ 50] Professionalism (Cover/Formatting/Editing): 50 Tribbles
[-100to+150] Characterizations: 75 Tribbles
[-100to+150] Plot/Pace: 125 Tribbles
[-100to+150] Writing/Prose: 150 Tribbles
Total: 400 Tribbles
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The book was free so can't complain too much. It is a short story and I'm not even sure I finished it. From what I remember it was kind of like a comic strip story and characters. Some interesting new words and terminology that's about all that really held my attention. I would like to see something serious by this author. Would probably be pretty good...
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I simply enjoyed the book because it seemed like the author was having fun when it was written. I'm the perfect reader for work like this, as i'm the type of person who still laughs at fart scenes in movies. To put it another way...i listen to most of my books now since I spend at least an hour and a half driving every day, and upon reading this i immediately tried to find something by this author on audio format from my usual listening post. Didn't find anything but that just means i'll have to pick up the books and read them.
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J.I. Greco's short story Blockade Run is a light and funny diversion. The characters are humorous and the story is quick, but good. I hope that the author will do more with this in the future, as I think we've yet to see the rest of the story.
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What i remember most was the humor and life in the characters. It will leave you wanting more, for better or worse. The only negative is the lack of explanation, however, the nature of a short story is, some things you have to take at face value.
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If you like strong kick-ass female characters, you need to read this. If you like the Retief stories by Keith Laumer, you need to read this. If you like sci-fi adventure with attitude, or wildly imaginative aliens, or great characters, or great stories that deftly blend action, humor, and intricately created worlds... then, seriously... you need to read this. There are a handful of writers who I feel compelled to read everything they write. J.I. Greco has become one of those authors -- and this was the story that put him very high on that list.

-- RJ Lanning, SFNetcast.com
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