- File Size: 2239 KB
- Print Length: 325 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (June 4, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 4, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ERW1LAE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,232,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Chance of Light (A Ryan Cole Adventure Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, I gave this one the full five hearts for action and adventure. Believeable characters and people I want to go have coffee with make it even more enjoyable. Looking forward to catching up with the first episode!
At times the writing can be a bit overdone and clumsy but, overall, it's a tightly edited book that you won't want to put down. I read it one sitting, and that is saying a lot!
This is the second book in a series, so you may want to check out the first book (I didn't, however, and it didn't affect my reading experience).
Highly recommended for those who like sci fi and action/adventure books.
So, we have a team of highly skilled professionals, ex-military and scientists, working to save the planet from the bad guys who try to get their hands on alien technology. The aliens are far more advanced than the human race, to the point where humans can't even use alien weapons. The team is like a family, everybody basically loves everybody else, would take a bullet for them, and wouldn't want it any other way. There's a crashed spaceship with a cache of alien technology the bad guys can't be allowed to have; sadly no one knows where exactly the spaceship is, as it has stealth technology to render it invisible and it crashed down in the Mojave desert, which is rather huge.
So far, so good. The problem is only that we get told every single of these facts so many times, it gets offensive. I don't usually need to be told something more than twice to be aware of it, and I suppose the same goes for other readers.
The 'get told' aspect gets worse by the fact that most of the story is tell, not show. We get told how good these guys are at their job...and then they run into a trap so simple, a child could have seen it coming from three miles off against the wind. We get told that the aliens are super advanced and their technology impossible for humans to handle...and then they can't even fix their own spaceship but need to call in a couple of human scientists who stumble along unable to even understand the programming code.
The rather big cast of characters doesn't come with enough defining features to really make them come alive. They're all more or less the same character. Also, there's no real conflict between the characters. Everybody is unrealistically understanding and accepting, even the bad guys. Add to that that the story is written in a mix of omniscient third person and hopping from head to head without ever really entering. I didn't feel I was in the story; I was outside, detached, and not emotionally involved.
There's not much in terms of suspense. The difficulties feel contrived, and the solutions are too simple. The big showdown at the end is actually pretty tiny, and the ending drags.
On a positive note, there's some fine dialogue and even the occasional laugh, which makes me think that with a good editor to tighten it up, this book wouldn't be so bad. Also, the author did a good job sneaking in details from part one, enough so that I never felt confused about past happenings even though I haven't read the first book.
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