- File Size: 3892 KB
- Print Length: 332 pages
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- Publisher: Rexon Press; 2 edition (May 25, 2011)
- Publication Date: May 25, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0052UYC70
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Broken Glass: Book One - The Glass Complex Trilogy Kindle Edition
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House Aluta is a up and coming faction of the Empire. They have wealth, they have the means to overthrow the leadership of any world without imperial consequences, they have infiltrated most branches of Imperial rule and they are ready to, in a few more years, overthrow the emperor himself in order to rule the empire.
But first they have to conquer a couple more planets, Homeworld being one.
That's where the problem starts. That is where Steg becomes their nemesis. And he has abilities nobody saw or knew before.
Steg is a formidable force such as the empire has never experienced before.
John Hindmarsh is a master of the space opera and very original in thought and plots. Adventure and action abounds. Getting to the end of a book is with almost a cathartic sense of loss and regret there is no more to read. Thanks goodness this is a series. There are more to come.
I finished the book cover to cover in a few days. The pace is rapid and the storyline is full of action, as the main character travels through several worlds in order to fulfill his mission. This is one of my favorite genres, and this plot has the elements for a good trilogy: advanced technology developed by an ancient civilization that disappeared long ago, a system of family houses that rule in different parts of the universe, humans with abilities to link with sentient computer networks...
However, some of the book characters need more development, in particular Steg de Coeur, the main character. For example, when Steg's family is murdered and he is forced to flee from his home planet, he hardly seems shocked or moved by the events. Later on, during his journey, Steg faces numerous dangers. But he is always sure of himself, never doubts about what has to be done... he is good at everything, be it analytical reasoning, strategy or physical combat. And his just discovered ability to link directly with the all-powerful Glass Complex computer network helps him solve without much effort the must cunning situations. I found it difficult to like Steg.
I am looking forward for the next books in the trilogy. I finished the book wanting to know more about the mysterious portals, the Glass Complex and its acolytes, the role of the ancient civilization in the events to come.
Hindmarsh has created a strong and likable protagonist who is beset upon by overwhelming odds and uses an almost magic-like ability to control machines to accomplish his goals.
The story will blaze along, never getting bogged down at any one point (and will sometimes move too fast, only mentioning certain events in retrospect). With enjoyable characters, a complex universe, and a decent revenge plot (that was considerably more civilized and gory-less than I'd have liked), you're sure to be satisfied with this purchase.
My only gripe is that for about the first 88% of the novel the main character is this calm and capable, stoic and smart individual who then, suddenly and at that precise mark and for no apparent reason, turns into a bumbling idiot that falls for the same painfully obvious move twice, is incapable of using any of his previously successful problem solving skills to remedy the situation, and as a result, the story which was previously enjoyable stumbles into an awkward finish. The change is so abrupt that it appears to me as if the author got through most of the writing and then remembered, "oh, this is supposed to have a sequel," and promptly snipped some ends of the plot, to hopefully be resolved later, so as if to create a cliffhanger that will make us eagerly await the next installment.
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