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Unfortunately, it didn’t. The characters were very poor, even for this type of book. No one is expecting Pulitzer Prize writing, and I am all for just letting some bad stuff go if it means that you get a great Sci-Fi story. However, this just didn’t have it. The dialogue was weak again, making you cringe at times, the characters were like cardboard cut outs, a wading pool had more depth. A main character dies, and no one seems to care, it's like meh. But then again, one of the main characters has the same reaction to everything, planet is invaded, meh, everyone is dead, meh, I killed someone, meh, loved one died, meh… it's all so boring. And the rest of the characters are no better.
The only character than was vaguely amusing in the first book (Gregor), has turned into a creepy pervert, and is far from funny in this book.
As for the story, it bounces around all over the place. It's like they have a bunch of ideas, but are not sure how to link them. There are a select group of main characters that are unable to die, no matter how many times they seem to get ‘killed’, which is always annoying in a book. Then there is the magical root, which is able to fix everything, heal wounds, give you super human strength, and prevent aging. Whenever someone is in dire trouble, the root is there to get them out of it. On top of all of this, the story just seems to go on and on. They get past one mega crisis, only to have another even worse mega crisis come along. It's like they just kept dragging out the story for another book.
Things are not explained very well either. Why did they capture all the figures from history? Why do they use them in their army? There are a bunch of other questions, but they would be spoilers, and I don’t want to ruin it for someone who might be interested.
The story also seems to get lost at times between if it's a Sci-Fi book about an alien invasion (either post or pre), or about a psychotic Roman Emperor, resurrected to rebuild his Roman Empire.
I am someone who has to finish a book once started, so I made it to the end, but this was a difficult book to complete. Overall there are a lot of bad characters and poor story lines. I won't read the 3rd in the series. This is a shame as I am a huge fan of Colin Barnes.
Should be remembered, that these are my opinions, everyone is different.
The story picked up smoothly from the first book and carried the same entertainment throughout. I don't ever post spoilers as I don't feel that reviews should be a synopsis. Suffice to say that the characters are who they are supposed to be; you'll love some and hate some. What you won't do is be confused. These authors don't leave any doubt in your mind when describing the scenes or the characters.
My attention was held captive from start to finish and I won't hesitate to recommend this to both sci-fi and post apocalyptic readers.
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