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About the Author
David Welch hails from the Capital District of upstate New York, where he has worked in banking and insurance. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and a longtime fan of action-adventure tales in all its many subgenres.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication date : December 9, 2014
- File size : 1580 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : 47North (December 9, 2014)
- ASIN : B00LBSP06E
- Print length : 322 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #456,410 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Everybody calls it the Chaos Quarter because that's what it is! It's the Wild West on steroids."
He assembles a rag-tag crew (another staple of standard scifi adventure) and goes poking around. Many times in this type of story, the mystery is more interesting than the resolution to that mystery, but this is an exception. The secluded civilization beyond the Chaos Quarter is far from anticlimax. They have a different and extremely creepy take on biologic technology. This is one of the most creative and promising parts of the novel.
Less promising is the main character, Rex. He is the maverick, seat-of-the-pants adventurer who naturally doesn't get along with his superiors (a staple of standard adventure stories). He also seems like a bit of a dick. He purchases sex from a strange striped woman and then basically kidnaps her when his ship has to make a quick getaway.
When Rex ends up with a newborn baby on his ship, he reveals that he has medicines that will make a woman lactate -- because that's something that comes in handy a lot? So he forces the kidnapped, striped prostitute into becoming a wet nurse for this baby. This is all justified by the fact that she was just a prostitute anyway so she's better off now. It's all very paternalistic and dick-ish.
Then they rescue a beautiful, blonde, brain-washed woman whose "body seemed almost too perfect to be real." Her individuality had been wiped away to make her effectively a mindless slave. They try to integrate her into their crew and call her "Seven-of-Nine." No, wait! She's called "Second." Completely different.
There is a lot of adventure and excitement in this story. The space battles are particularly engaging, with lovingly described fictional weaponry. Also the concept of a society based on living machines and technology is inventive. However, all the cowboy antics and random beautiful, helpless women makes this feel very much like an adolescent male fantasy. Almost like Porky's in space.
Rating: 3.75 stars
Length: 110,000 words
Violence: Action Peril
Sex: Nearly Explicit
As I stated earlier, I enjoyed the book, and may buy others from this author. I hope I don't get stranded by Amazon like this again if I do.
While there were some rough patches and some of the aspects of the universe were a bit awkward (though this may be intentional on the authors part) I enjoyed the story and the characters. There was enough character development to make me care what happens to them while levant room for more in later books.
The descriptions of the technologies and combat were a bit bare-bones for my preference but it didn't detract from the story and did make the book more about the people than the tech.
Overall it was a very enjoyable story with a tidy ending. There were enough unexpected developments and interesting characters to keep me interested for the entire book. I gave it four stars because I feel there is still room for improvement by the author and the book was a bit short, feeling a bit sparse if not truly incomplete.
This book involves all of the above, plus some interesting characters and a plausible plot line. A fair amount of space war for us military freaks. My only criticism is that Rex Wahl is more interesting before he becomes Dudley Do-Right and becomes overly altruistic. I like him better as alone and pissed off at his Commodore than I do as the self-appointed protector of three disparate crewmembers and a baby.
The book is a decent stand-alone, but could handle a sequel.