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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 42 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: August 18, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B013RM52XW
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Wanted to add something about the "science" of the book as I got a little further in the book. In the descriptions of the battle around the moon (Lunar Base), a major defense base between the moon and earth, etc. there was a lot about how "far" the distances were and how difficult it was for the ship to view the battle above the lunar base that they had just left minutes before in-route to earth and how "pixelated" the video was of the battle around the defense station (between lunar orbit and earth?). Currently, with a decent telescope, you could have seen in pretty good detail the our lunar landing on the moon from earth - so you're telling me that in the future when we have interstellar space travel we can't see a battle over the moon from a ship in orbit?
Also, per the book - their technology that allows travel between the stars is called the "q-jump". Each q-jump, per the book, equals 1/10 of a light year. In the book, it states that a ship had to "q-jump" to escape the lunar battle and get to the relative safety of earth. The distance from the moon to the earth is only .0000000406 light years - significantly less than 1/10 of a light year which a single "q-jump" equals. Too sum up, it appears the author ignored science and known/real distances between earth and its moon for the sake of "space action"!
Christopher Nuttall's Ark Royal series didn't provide me with the overwhelming feeling of "seeing this before" as does this story. While there were similarities between AR and BSG, AR stood on its own merits, while Constitution has nothing of its own to offer. Even the dialogue can't save this book. It is sophomoric and absurd. It's almost as if the author had never had a conversation with anyone in his life.
It is an extremely rare occasion that I set any book down before I've finished reading it, but I can't justify my time to something that is so obviously a clone of two sources. Had the author taken certain events or subplots from a source and made them his own by creating his own unique world, I'd be able to get past the "tired, drunk of a commander who has been ordered to put his old, outdated and obsolete ship into dry dock to be turned into a museum." I won't be spoiling anything by saying that next we'll find out that the current tech on newer ships isn't capable of withstanding the Swarm and the Constitution is the only ship that can save humanity. Yep, Chapter 8 and I've already deduced all the nuances of this trilogy.
It really is too bad I bought all three at once. I wonder what Amazon's policy on returning ebooks...
Melodrama, of which space opera is one variety, always rescues the protagonists from certain death and condemns minor characters to the cruelty of unjust fate. (For my generation whether in pulp or on the silver screen such tales were called cliff-hangers, or for you younger folk think Indiana Jones.) That's the case here and the mystery as with the "Cliff Hangers" of the 1930's and 1940's leaves us panting with anticipation for the next installment in the series. which it seems the author has in works. Okay, that's fine with me I enjoyed this one after we got past the clumsy background setting and in spite of the not so subtle bashing of apparently "President-for-life" Putin and resurrected Russian Imperialism and slaps at "not-so-much-in-the shadows" VP Joe. I'll buy the next book in the series and hope for improvements in the set-up and politics while expecting more of the John Wayne blood and thunder and good old fashioned let's kick some alien backside or goop or whatever. My advice to readers --- be patient for a good space-opera read and to the author --- work on integrating the necessary backgound and set-up information into the main story line. For the latter as a good example, look at how you had Grange 'fess up to why he and his deceased XO were nearly court-martialed and instead assigned to a career dead-end assignment. As Shakespeare reminds us in a "Midsummer's Night Dream" actions tell us the story better than verbose description.