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Convergent Space by [Cleary, John-Paul]
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  • File Size: 922 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Sutherland; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SWE452
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Convergent Space by John-Paul Cleary

I love a novel that entertains me and I don't mind having to suspend my disbelief long enough to do that. This novel delivers in that department and I would love to give it really high honors; but I do have some issues, so while I give it high marks I will feel compelled to air some of the issues. Basically I give it a 4 star and it could be a 5 star, but not with the way things are.

The novel starts with a great mystery. Earth has devolved to a planet of artifact hunters sort of the Indiana Jones of outer space. This creates for the reader a feeling that the Artifact hunters care more about the hunt then others lives. Enter into this Ronella Tintet who has had some doubts and has retired from being an Archeosoldier. After having been responsible for the loss of many lives she has retired to a place called Renick that belongs to Renaissance space and is governed by her friend Viggo. Rone is working at a post for the Earth Search Archeosoldiers, but is not actively doing much. She has a history we'll hear about later and a good reason for not wanting to be part of the search, but when a dying Archeosoldier shows up with some important leads to the Search to clear the Human's name in regards to the Great Wave that nearly destroyed many worlds and brought the Guild to an end; she has to once more take to space to follow the lead to its end.

This part is both a good plot and a bit contrived in the sense that it's a solid lead that the Search people should take seriously, but the reader gets the impression they want to press Rone into doing it because they can't spare anyone else.
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I was really into this novel for the first half or so, and then it seemed like it was written by a completely different author by the end, with timing, scale, and pacing taking a dive for the worse.

I came across Convergent Space while browsing Ian M. Banks novels on Amazon, and for the low price I couldn't pass up a novel that other reviewers were comparing to the inimitable Banks' work. At first I thought that Mr. Cleary was joining Banks' league in his vision and scope of the story, but by the end I was sad to find that, while a solid first effort, this novel is a bit of a mess.

The most frustrating problem with this novel is its wild inconsistencies in scale. In one section we are treated to a "burn ship", a long-distance, multi-decade mode of traveling far across the galaxy to remote reaches of space. Later in the book, other ships are able to catch up with these supposedly fast burn ships to destroy one. The author begins talking about "the entire galaxy" mobilizing or fleeing, after previously discussing taking decades to travel between regions. In one passage, he deals with refugees who are all fleeing to a specific region of space, and them worrying about what are essentially traffic jams... in the void of infinite space. Communications seem to be instant no matter distance, but are never explained. Travel speeds appear to be faster-than-light and yet events are described as though watching out a slowly-moving car window. In all, the author ends up treating "the galaxy" like a small rural town, where events are easily observed from afar.

All of that could be accepted if there was consistency or explanation but unfortunately there is none.

The other major problem I want to highlight is the massive use of deus ex machina ([...
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The Galaxy was living in peace and harmony benevolently controlled, protected, and guided by The Guild.

200 years ago The Aveche threatened the peace and tranquillity of the planets within The Guild. Earth as the founders and most technologically advanced Planet develop a Shield that will encompass all of the Galaxy's and systems within The Guild, and after millions of relay stations are set up it is time to put the Shield in place.

The Earth fleet sets out with the final part but before it can be put in place a Great (shock) Wave spreads through known space destroying millions of planets and trillions of lives.

Earth is blamed for the catastrophe and ostracised and a new ruling class is born in the The Renaissance.

Earth spends the next 200 years sending out Archeosoldiers to track what actually happened in the belief that their technology and the Shield could not have caused the disaster, no one believed them.......

Convergent Space then, turns out to be a futuristic inter galaxy archaeological detective story, with one person Archeosoldiers sent out in their ships with nothing more than a micro companion, which is connected to them wirelessly from birth, and dies when its human companion dies.

As large parts of the remaining galaxy are still in turmoil and planetary wars and civil wars are ongoing, the attrition rate of the Archeosoldiers is high. Rone, a female Archeosoldier was badly injured during her quest and had managed to get assigned to a Renaissance station and was living with the leader of that part of space until a badly wounded soldier turns up in her front room.
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