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This book contains a few technical details to attract sci-fi nuts like me that sets up the fictional science without slowing the story. The pseudo science details are just part of the backdrop, coming to the surface here and there to tweak the plot. The main character is a somewhat average Joe that wants a better life. early on I thought some statements in his internal dialogue to the reader were conflicting or confusing but by the end they are simply portrayals off the depth of human nature and how our present viewpoint on anyone and everything is a culmination of all experiences with it. That viewpoint sways with the experience that is in the forefront of or minds. If your tempted to read jump in or at least read the sample. A reading list I subscribe to suggested it and I thought it might be worth it. I read the sample and I had to know the rest. So Give it a chance you'll enjoy it if you like sci-fi and the world of what if it creates.
Humanity is repressed and the Earth is being raped of resources to support the alien war effort. Kane has had enough, and through some good planning and a does of good luck, he ends up in a position to do something about it...maybe. All he has to do is overcome a few hundred mile-long dreadnoughts and another alien species that look suspiciously like Neanderthals with the strength of gorillas, whilst keeping clear of the mind-reading alien overlords who have made his life such a misery.
The action is frenetic, there is death by the tens of thousands, there is high-tech and low-tech and tech-wreck, so something for everyone. Adair brings a briskness to the writing that manages to keep the pace up, backfill story arcs where needed, and yet does not feel like a 'rush to the end' that some action authors end up with. He also provides emotional insights to some very broken people without laboring the point. At one point I even wished I could reach into the book and just kill one of the characters, such was the connection, and that's a spectacular trick to pull off.
Heartily recommended if you like military sci-fi - and I'll invoke Heinlein's classic "Starship Troopers" as a comparison - but even if you like sci fi in general, it's that good.
And doing it well!! I want all three right now but it seems that waiting for the third in the series is what must be done. RATS!!
I like how Bobby Adair makes his heroes so fallible and generally normal. They're not perfect people, they're flawed in serious ways, they feel anger and despair. They're not cookie cutter heroes, but they rise to the challenge.
I especially have to say, the author's sense of humor with the encore at the end of the book was really quite amusing.
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