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Ep.#1 - "Aurora: CV-01" (The Frontiers Saga) Kindle Edition
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I liked the secondary characters that provide a wide array of personalities and each bring a little something to the story. The crazy russian engineer, the analytical, by-the-book navigator, and the fiery spec ops daredevil really flush out the crew. The space battles were fairly decent. Lots of action in space battles and repelling boarders, though not much concerning tactics or the capabilities of their tech.
The ending was a bit unsatisfying to me as nothing really gets resolved, the story simply ends, awaiting a sequel. I think the one thing that really bugged me about the book and made it difficult for me to finish was the protagonist. His whole claim, as a senator's son trying to flee his father's shadow, is that he is supposed to be proving everyone who thinks of him as a spoiled, privileged kid who never takes anything seriously, wrong. Instead, while he has flashes of inspiration and a few instances where he takes responsibility, most of the time he's hot-headed, naive, moody... He keeps making obvious mistakes and acts like an excited child- I couldn't stand him. The fact that his crew is so calm and capable makes the contrast even more apparent.
The decade or so I spent in the military and the combat experienced sets what may be a higher bar than most have when it comes to military science fiction.
That being said, this series is fairly reasonable in its portrayal of warfare and technologies involved therein. The resultant technology and methods fit with the story, areas where it doesn't feel like a reasonable future tech wise fits well with the dark ages / recovery back story. I mean, seriously, we likely won't have human pilots in atmospheric flight for more than a decade or two, let alone in some far future where we have travel outside of the solar system.
I also question the physics when presented with battles spanning light minutes and unguided kinetic weapons or point targeted energy weapon systems. It just seems highly unlikely to be as effective as the author posits.
On the plus side, the conveyance of reality when discussing light in relation to the idea of "jumping" is entertaining and well presented.
But the real downside of the books isn't the plot, world building, or technological explanations. It's the fairly underdeveloped characters and the fact that over half the prose describes space combat in a fairly repetitive fashion. A more character driven story with some of the generic battles rolled up and presented post-fact may have made for a more engaging read.
But in the end, I did read them all. And I only skipped through some of the chapters.
I could say that, and some of these discrepancies are the only reason I gave four stars instead of five, but the reality is, while there may be some common themes in this story, these themes are common for a reason... Because they are good, and they work well.
They are also only the foundation for what, in my experience, has been an incredible journey over the past couple of years with the Aurora and her crew.
I WILL Say there are some elements of originality, such as the style of combat that is derived, not to mention the skill at which it is written with, that breathe a lot of original details into non-original background settings.
But if there was one thing that made me want to give this series 5 stars, it's the characters. I've read numerous novels at various depths, sizes, and skill levels, and one thing I will say, is personally at least, is that Mr. Brown's character development is on par with some of the greats. Over the course of the past year or so since I first found this series, He has had me fall in love with the main characters and their varying personalities and traits, and he is masterful at showing their humanity and faults, all while keeping them relatable and likable. Well the ones he wants you to like anyways.
At the end of the day, that's what is great about this story. It may not have some major technological thinking, there may be some "Really?" type moments, and you may at times question that what you just heard about a technology isn't exactly how it was described previously. But in the end that doesn't matter, because you'll find your self waiting, almost like a fix, for the next episode.
This is one of those stories that you can't put down, but hate to read because each page you turn, you come closer to having to wait for the next installment.
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Some of the best character development I've read with plenty of action thrown in.Read more
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