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- Print Length: 502 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: www.the4threalm.com (September 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F8P3BTE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
ALISTAIR MCINTYRE is the author of sci-fi thrillers PHALANX ALPHA and ENGINEER, and the West Texas thriller SHALLOW CREEK.
PATRICK UNDERHILL is co-author of THE RISE OF CITHRIA SERIES with Alistair and Kris. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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While many of the characters were well defined, I feel that there were simply too many of them. A book is defined by its characters, but these books have dozens of characters. This makes it difficult to really get attached to even a few. Each sub-story had its own set of characters, its own environment, it's own good-guys and bad-guys. Each character had their own back-story, their own motivation, even their own agendas. Instead of using the sub-stories to pull the characters together, I feel like they did just the opposite. By the end of this book, the waters were so muddied by diverging storylines and an endless stream of characters, it was hard to remember why I picked up the books in the first place.
The other issue I have is the profound lack of a cohesive voice. It's obvious that there were three authors, each responsible for a different sub-story. While I normally don't have a problem with authors working together, the styles of the authors were so different as to be jarring. Even the slang used was so different from one chapter to the next, that it was really hard to shift gears. Where one author went to great pains to describe the scene, the next could well have been describing the inside of a cereal box. Where one author spent a great deal of time developing the characters, the next seemed content to plop as many characters into the story as possible, with a minimum of effort devoted to explaining who they were or why they were there.
All in all, I do think the series still has promise, but the task of pulling these stories and characters together is nearly Herculean in scope. I hope the writers manage to do just that, but I'm not sure very many people will bother to pick up a third, when the first two felt so.... schizophrenic.