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- ASIN : B01MY5RLE7
- Publisher : Severed Press (January 6, 2017)
- Publication date : January 6, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2469 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 240 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #443,498 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I've read a LOT of these types of books lately, and while I enjoyed most of them, I was somewhat left feeling lost because there was no pronunciation guide provided. That left me feeling somewhat removed from the story from constantly having to figure out how to pronounce the names/terms presented. NOT SO with this book.
Also, the other BIG thing was,,,EDITING. Wow! What a concept. I am SO glad Cooley took time to have the book edited. It made it so much easier to read not having to wonder if the 3 different names, in 2 pages, were a new character, or the same person.
Some of the characters already have their personality set, but the ones that need to progress/show development, do. And NOT in a stereotypical manner. What's going on? Will the humans figure out what the AI's are trying to accomplish, or will the AI's eventually come out on top? I can't wait to find out.
Having become a fan of his from his more horror slanted novels, I am excited to see where this new venture takes me. The only problem I perceive, is the time I will have to wait for the next book in the series to come out. But I will.
The book feels a bit like a season of television, with such a delicious cliffhanger at the end, that you can’t wait to see the next season. In this case, it’s the next book in the series, where hopefully some of the burning questions that were carefully introduced will be answered.
Case in point -- I don't think I have ever read a book that wasn't about coffee that mentioned coffee so many times. No joke, coffee is mentioned about every third paragraph (to be specific, 58 times). It got to the point where I wondered if maybe this was some kind of brilliant metaphor for something that would come out in textual analysis, some kind of amazing subtext that would reveal itself -- and who knows, maybe in the sequel (which I did buy) it will all come out that this was some vital clue. But if it was, it wasn't clear here. What it seemed like instead is that a lot of very specific details about who went through what door first after mundane things like briefings, who saluted, who had X cups of coffee, etc., were included. I suspect the strategy was to boost the word count vs. making an interesting story.
The plotting is pretty good, although it is obviously stretched near to breaking to cover multiple books. Frankly a lot of stuff seemed like filler, but it's at least well written filler. The pacing is slow, slow, slow, but once the protagonists are finally at the derelict, that pace works well. Unfortunately that's at the end of the book. The characters range from barely drawn to well drawn, but overall I was well enough satisfied. There is a bit of character growth; given the extremely slow pacing, it's about as much character growth as could reasonably exist.
The setting in a sci-fi novel is often the main character, and I was moderately impressed. It's a fairly low tech mid-future setting, with mankind limited to our solar system but well spread out within it. No FTL flight, everything is dependent on rocket thrusters using ion drives and thrusters fueled with xenon gas. (Gotta look that up as I'm sure the author had some rationale.) It isn't dystopian, but we certainly see signs of the overly powerful corporations, separatist movements, and abused proletariat common to such work. Even though the action takes place on the far periphery of human society, I had the feeling that the author plans to expand this element. If not, it makes for good character background and motivation.
AI is probably the single most advancement seen, and makes a major part of the plot. We are told early on that the various AIs are conspiring, and we see their actions, but we are left in the dark as to their motivations. As a novel, this is frustrating, but as a serial it probably will work.
Overall, I would easily rate it five stars except that it is not a novel at all; it is merely a chapter. While I understand today's market realities, I also think that an author owes honesty to the reader up front. This is NOT a novel, and it should be advertised as chapter one of a serial. In spite of being mesmerized by it, I highly doubt I will buy the next.
Top reviews from other countries
The main strength of the novel lies in its atmosphere – it is a bit of a thriller – as the Sol Federation Marines that crew S&R Black take off from their base and attempt to secure the hulk. You know (or, rather, you can easily guess!) right from the beginning that the mission will be full of (nasty) surprises and much more dangerous than advertised, but, of course, you just cannot guess what is going to happen. One (mild) criticism – and compliment in a backhanded way - is that the author finishes this title with a (huge) cliff hanger and to know what happens next you will of course have to read the next title of the series, something that I will certainly do, by the way. So, readers can expect plenty of suspense. Another little reservation is that there is not very much context or “world-building” as it is sometimes called.
Another couple of strengths are the description of the day-today life of the Search and Rescue crew and the interactions between its members and the somewhat mysterious Artificial Intelligences (AI) that run their base but also their ship. These AI seem to have their own agendas and act rather stealthily. Some of the dialogues between “rough and tough” crew members may seem a bit overdone at times - everybody seems to feel obliged to run around shouting Ouh Haa and to leave meeting rooms by order of rank.
The most griping pieces, however, are concentrated in the last third of the book, as the rescue team reaches the huge derelict vessel and is confronted with rather unexpected surprises and difficulties including some disastrous situations.
Genually a foreboding pleasure to read!
It's quite well written and quite different (plot wise) to other books I've read recently. I enjoyed it alot.