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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Raymond L. Weil
- Audible.com Release Date: January 13, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S6YWXUW
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First Strike: The Slaver Wars, Book 4 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because the book introduced three allies for the humans but the development of those allies did not happen, the author left us hanging and wondering. However, I am pleasantly happy with the book it is just my opinion the developing those allies would have put more emphasis that the humans did not have to go in all alone.
Great read as I have recommended this series to several friends and they absolutely love it too!
The book could use some editing. Some tactics that are listed as brilliant are so self evident to make you wonder about the rest of the fleet. If you can jump through some form of hyperspace why not jump behind your enemy and shoot him. Nobody figured multiple hits in one spot can pierce the enemy force shield. One bomb containing the explosive force of the ones used probably has a good chance of breaking through instead of multiple blasts within milliseconds. The part that seemed most illogical are freezing military officers for four hundred years and expecting their experience to be relevant. Would an officer from the Napoleonic wars have been mush use in Afghanistan or even WWII. Would the weapons have been so similar? 400 years knowing an implacable enemy was waiting to attack and they can't develop a step change in weaponry? Military tactics are so unchanged that an admiral from 400 years ago is their genius leader? The bad guys development may be frozen; but, what is the humans excuse?
Get over your leaps in credulity and the book is fairly fun military fiction. At least it is very clear who the bad guys are. David Weber and Steve White do it better but I have read all their older published books and they are getting excessively greedy with their latest books. If you like this book try In Death Ground, The Shiva Option, The Stars at War, Honor Harrington series.... But this book is less expensive and a fun mindless read.
This is a book quite in my style. It might not be as detailed, have as deep characters or have as elaborate world building as some books but what it does have is a good adventure story, plenty of likable characters and lots and lots of space battles. Maybe my appreciation of this book have been tainted by the fact that many of the books that I have read lately have been lacking in this area so I was really wanting some space battles. But then Sci-Fi with nice space battles with big capital ships slugging it out have always been one of my favorites.
The book advances quite a few years into the future from both the previous Slaver Wars book, which is natural since it was a prequel, and the Mon Wreck books. Normally that would have its drawbacks in that a lot of the characters that was introduced in the previous books would be gone. In this book the author solves that little issue with the cryogenic technology that was a key element of the Moon Wreck books as well.
This book can really be said to be the starting point of the real action of the series. The first book was really mostly explaining the background of the entire set of previous and future books, both the Slaver Wars and The Moon Wreck series. As I mentioned before there are plenty of space battles in this book. The humans are indeed giving the both Hocklyns and the AIs the finger big time. That being said, it is just the opening salvo of a long war.
The book is of course not just one battle after another. The humans get a few new allies. A mysterious race is briefly introduces which I assume will play some role further on. We get to know some of the Hocklyns more in-depth and some of them are more than likely to continue to play a major role in future books. Then there is the mysterious relation between the AIs and the humans. Why do the AIs seem to fear the humans and how is it that they seem to even know about humans already before the Hocklyns attacked them the first time?
I found this book to be very enjoyable reading and needless to say I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.
The Slaver Wars: Alien Contact
Moon Wreck (The Slaver Wars Book 1)
The Slaver Wars: First Strike
The Slaver Wars: Retaliation
The Slaver Wars: Galactic Conflict
The Slaver Wars: Endgame
Mr. Weil is a fine science fiction writer, and I think you will be hooked into the series as I was. The technology is something you can wrap your arms around, and you really get into the head of his characters and it makes you feel as if you are right there in the middle of the action. I originally picked this up for $2.99 here on Amazon, and I certainly received more than $2.99 worth of entertainment value and read each of these titles as fast as I could – I’m ready to read more from Mr. Weil.
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By Raymond Weil so far I will be devouring many many more shortly