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Then we get to this book and he commits an unforgivable sin for a writer of Sci-Fi in my opinion - making in character references to the 20th century as if they were still fresh and relevant 200 years in the future. There are several other instances of colloquialisms that just pull you right out of the story. The writer seemed to have a few darlings and combining rustic touches to a spaceship that can travel faster than the speed of light is not clever, funny or even remotely satisfying, it just takes you out of the story again. Just for reference, rust is the oxidation of iron in an atmosphere. No O2, no rust. It's so basic that it really threw me for a loop.
Another reviewer said it read as a WWII novel stuck into space, and there are ample references for that to be the case. But it's also true that the author started out with a solid premise of Earth vs Aliens, our tech versus their tech. And it was a stark difference that was well defined. He should have stuck to that and stopped trying to be clever with rustic throwbacks to WWII and glossed over the space scenes and got back to what he's really good at. Soldiers, terrified, angry, determined and dangerous.
Better editing would have helped I think.
A shame, because I enjoyed the first book a lot. The second book started to come off the rails a bit when the troops managed to resurrect their 'orbit only' ship from a crash landing on a planet, but I guess didn't appreciate the warning signs.