- File Size: 843 KB
- Print Length: 324 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 9, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004IK8GJ0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Ghost Fleet Kindle Edition
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Boulter creates an interesting universe with personable characters and ties in an almost fairy tale story that ends up a hard lesson on how harsh life can be, even when things are better than everyone could have imagined. My beef is that though the universe and characters were well devised, more could have been added to make it a "rich" story. The alien race is fascinating, but beyond the fleet and a few scenes in 'safe houses' little else is explored regarding the alien empire or the species. The same can be said of the second alien race who never truly make an appearance. The lost humans were also lightly covered, leaving bunches of unanswered questions
I truly hope this was simply Boulter's way of paving a sequel or two, Confederation space is too interesting to just leave without coming back.
I buy a lot of books/ebooks and very rarely write reviews. I'm writing this one, because this book is gripping, thought-provoking, a very good value and apparently going largely unnoticed. The editing is, while not flawless, much better than the vast majority of self-published, sci-fi Kindle novels. The end is quite satisfying.
The things I really liked about this book are spoilers, even referenced obliquely. However, I can tell you that this novel is professional work that contains more substance than a lot of the episodic books that some of the well-known military sci-fi novelists spit out 2-4 times per year. I'll definitely be looking at the author's other works to see if there is something else that suits my fancy.
Cover art aside, however, this is a highly enjoyable, compelling piece of military sci-fi -- my favorite, so far, by this author. The science is, as others have mentioned, highly implausible, but the novel isn't focused on the science. It's a well-written, character-driven story, with a large cast of engaging characters and an operatic scale. Surprises abound -- it's got a fun, fresh twist on the "lost fleet" trope -- and the plotting is lively, with an edge-of-your-seat tension holding through much of the novel. There's a rich supply of humor, courage, nobility, loyalty, tragedy, and even some romance.
The editing isn't bad, as small idie-published books go; there are some occasional wrong or dropped words, occasional punctuation errors, and so forth, but not anywhere nearly as many as I've need in other works. Certainly not enough to diminish the enjoyment of the novel.
In short -- buy the book!
The story is pretty much classic space opera and military heroism. Then out of nowhere near the end of the story it goes off the deep end. No idea why. It is quite good until it devolves into some kind of silliness near the end. Maybe some kind of personal statement of the author. I don't know. It would be a lot better if the ending was even remotely plausible.
But it has a lot of good things going for it up until the last 10 or 20 pages, and it was enough fun that I could forgive it for that.
I think it was $3. It is well worth $3.
A lost fleet.
Heroic battles against long odds, well told.
A truly evil enemy.
A little bit of romance evn.
Unfortunately, at the tail end of the book, it turns out that everyone more or less makes nice and we all live happily ever after. Just totally implausible.
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