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Crisis at Validor (Ptorix Empire) (Volume 4) Paperback – January 15, 2015
About the Author
Greta van der Rol loves writing action-packed adventures with a side salad of romance. Most of her work is space opera, but she has written paranormal and historical fiction. She lives not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoys photography and cooking when she isn't bent over the computer. She has a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping her in her writing endeavours. - http://gretavanderrol.net/ - http://twitter.com/GretavdR - http://www.facebook.com/Greta.J.vanderRol
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- The heroine comes across as not very bright from the beginning. She just witnessed her relatives' assassination and barely escaped her own abduction. I found it unbelievable that she never spends any time pondering the "who and why" behind the violent acts and the second part of "how do I avoid this" particularly when there are major bread crumbs being left behind that it is an inside job and not the anti-royalty faction. I can understand that she is concerned about reaching her daughter and making sure she is okay, but there was a lot of downtime on her journey to her daughter and she didn't try to analyze what the heck was going on?
- in the beginning, the hero showed good precautionary sense but later, he agrees with the heroine to temporarily join forces with the bad guy so easily? Huh? Once they located the heroine's daughter, why the heck didn't he immediately contact the Fleet and let them know what was going on? When he gets locked in at what he thought was a safe haven, that should have sent major alarm bells off. When the Duke, whom he knows from intelligence is considered shady, shows up, again, he should have been on red alert and actively looking to get the h away. From there on, he seems to join the heroine in being so trusting that they're unfortunately TSTL
- both the H/h play so easily into the bad guys' hands, following him back to his place of power! Again, contact the Fleet for assistance! They already knew the bad guy is a cold blooded murderer, why oh why would you believe him!
Lastly, the ending was rushed. I was hoping for a better wrap-up or an epilogue. I liked how on book 2 there was a really complete ending. Here, the ending I found glib and overlooking the potential problems of both how the h would extricate herself from the planet's politics and where she would live with her daughter.
I do think this author writes a great space opera, but I just don't understand how she writes characters who ignore the huge signs of "Warning Will Robinson" and almost blithely hurdle themselves into trouble.
I read all of them and can't wait to read the next.
I like all the different culture
The great thing in this series is that the stories isn't about teenager but grown up with responsibility and children.
The action is great, love the dialogues and the storyline.
What an incredible imagination with amazing description.
Great job. Must read all of them
Ok what did I think? I liked all the complicated sci fi with it's dazzling technology and the descriptions of the aliens are so evocative and if honest I thought the tentacles were just a bit yucky! We have a brave hero in Brett who arrives just in time to save the girl ( now that's what a hero should do!) but the heroine Tarlyn seemed to be blinkered! I'm sorry but some things are just too obvious and hello family being murdered here so maybe show a bit more emotion! Sorry rant over and really it's not an awful book it's just that I think I expected more from the heroine .
This author is without doubt talented and very good at what she does and I'm sure her fans will be over the moon to read this addition to her library. Great world building with cultural tensions and political agendas causing so much trouble. It's sad but true that greed seems to always rear it's ugly head but at least in this story the good guys come out on top. I will read more from the author and if you enjoy a bit of classic space opera ( think Star Trek) then why not give it a go. As I write this the first in the series The Iron Admiral is free!
I was gifted a copy if this in exchange for an honest review