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Freedom's Fire Box Set: The Complete Military Space Opera Series (Books 1-6) Kindle Edition
About the Author
Bobby Adair is a sci-fi and postapocalyptic writer in Austin, Texas. He is the author of the bestselling series Slow Burn, Ebola K, and collaborator in the Last Survivors.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07N8NJXNG
- Publisher : Beezle Media, LLC (January 30, 2019)
- Publication date : January 30, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2299 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 1367 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #40,782 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Here's what I didn't like:
- It's first-person and present tense. It's really, really hard to write a compelling space opera when you can't switch character POVs - and there's also no dramatic tension because you know the narrator has to survive!
- There's very little world-building. An eight-book series could have spent some more time orienting the reader and giving background in what it means to live in a Gray-occupied world.
- That's a symptom of a greater truth: the whole thing felt way, way rushed. The author hurried everybody into space extremely quickly. If he wanted the series to start in space, he should have just started it in space.
- There are a LOT of one-sentence paragraphs. This may be stylistic, reflecting the way people form thoughts, but it's not proper for writing, in which a paragraph is supposed to be three to five sentences.
- Because of that, the book is too stream-of-consciousness. Thoughts are presented in the manner they would have occurred to the narrator, not in a way that's designed to convey useful information to the reader.
I could go on, but I believe I've demonstrated a number of serious structural problems with the book and the way it's written. It's not my intention to slag off the author, who obviously invested a lot of time and effort into producing a typo-free eight-book series. (Indeed, he provides a link at the beginning where readers can submit to him any typos they find in the text, the first time I've ever seen such a feature.) However, I did feel the need to provide a counterpoint to all the positive reviews.
Linear is represented by Robert E Howard (Conan, Solomon Kane, Kull of Atlantis) and E.E. 'Doc' Smith (the Lensman series).
Multi-threading is represented by Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time series) and George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones series).
Some writers describe an scene or atmosphere with many words and many paragraphs. They tend to have a high Gunning fog index.
Robert E Howard's writing is so tight that dropping a single word may change the entire meaning of the sentence. One word sentences are an example of this type of writing.
My personal rule-of-thumb is to read the first sentence of the story and judge if I want to read any more. If I can't decide after the first sentence, then I will read the first paragraph and make the final decision to continue reading or look for something else to read.
You need to determine which type of reader you are. Some readers are like both linear and multi-threading stories. Most readers only like one type of story.
I am a product of the 1950's and 1960's black-and-white USA Western movies and TV shows. I really hated it when the director threw a 'meanwhile, back at the ranch' segment at you.
I like the writing style shown in the Freedom's Fire Box set.
Give it a try. I am sure you will not be disappointed.
P.S. You may consider buying books individually though - there is no table of content so navigating 20000 kindle pages is a pain. Also somebody desided to use (I guess) color for the letters so on my Kindle keyboard text is not black as it should be but light grey (hard to read). Last but not least author's page of comments and thoughts at the end of each book are missing (same can be found in the individual copies of the book).
And, to be completely honest, I never read much Sci-Fi until a few years ago. Am now enjoying the imagination and talent that it takes to write this type of fiction.
In this set, there are 6 of the Freedom's Fire novels. They are: Freedom's Fire, Freedom's Fury, Freedom's Fray, Freedom's Fist, Freedom's Fall, and Freedom's Fate.
Each and every one of these novels is action packed with Dylan Kane leading the charge.... Just imagine a base on an asteroid. Most interesting premise as is the idea to have a war above earth being fought for freedom below. Love the premise...
Struggles for survival exist in each of these as does the intense action. There is also some propaganda involved which increases the plot. I also liked the idea that sometimes trusting your enemies becomes a factor. Who would have imagined that in this series? Not me, for sure.
Not able to go wrong with this price and having this set on your Kindle and ready to read again at some point in the future.
Most highly recommended.
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It doesnt come to a natural finish and in fact ends in what felt was a rather rushed fashion at 76%. The last 24% ofthe kindle book includes a conversation between Zane and Brice, which although amusing i wasnt really interested in as it was nothing to do with the story, I flicked through hoping the story would continue. It didnt. It continued with a short story about the main characters father and the original Grey landings. Something we were already familiar with from accounts during the series. The fact the main characters father was really a soldier and died in combat rather than in a mining accident was irrelevant to the story. I am not sure why this was included.
I had enjoyed the series right up to the point it ended and then felt very disapointed in the way it ended. So whereas I do recommend this series to any scifi lover I hope the author will revisit the last book of the series and bring it to a more satisfactory conclusion.
The main characters are complex and believable, especially the driven hero and cynical but likeable Sgt Brice.
Fans of military SF will love this box set.
Kane, the main protagonist, was a generally-okay character but for reasons which still escape me his sexual relationship with a 17-year-old was written with the assumption that the reader wouldn't see a problem with it, but I'm afraid I couldn't get on board with that without feeling a little uncomfortable, no matter how much I tried to suspend my disbelief. It didn't really add much to the story either, so I could've done without it.
On a less moralistic level, the books were littered with spelling errors and missing words (something I've critiqued BA for before in the Slow Burn series) and where perhaps they could be forgiven there was one thing I simply couldn't overlook: the name of our home planet is Earth, not earth. It was mentioned many dozens of times but not once did I see the word start with a capital E and as petty as that may seem it really got on my nerves.
Finally, I have to admit that I got bored at about 78% and decided I'd had enough. Sorry.