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- Print Length: 204 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 10, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077BX3TBZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Publication date: November 10, 2017
Pretty good but simple space opera featuring a villainous race, the Bakanhe Grana called the BG for short, which combines the idea of a mech/robotic enemy similar to that in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA with an organic component similar to the Goa'uld from STARGATE. Add in the greed and duplicity of those who control the Federation of humans and humanoids and there is no place left for patriots, freedom or any who oppose the monstrous alliance of the BG and the Federation.
Then an unlikely hero arises, Jolo Vargas, a Federation hero who happens to be dead. Or is he? Whoever or whatever he is, both the Federation and the BG fear that he will upset the status quo and they want him removed. Dead or forgotten on a prison world.
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It gradually transforms into a more conventional space opera foot-to-the-floor adventure with an unusual protagonist – a protagonist who isn’t what he initially seems to be. Haunted by visions of a beautiful young crew member that he knows is in danger and that he needs to save, yet not sure of who he is, this protagonist only gradually begins to realise what is happening around him. However it soon transpires that whoever he is, he is certainly a disaster magnet and mayhem ensues wherever he goes as he continually dodges overwhelming odds in the form of unpleasant aliens and their pliant human allies. Fortunately, these aliens tend to rely far too much on their heavily armoured suits that protect their soft wormlike bodies and are unaccustomed to the kind of defiance they are suddenly facing.
I found the protagonist in this multi-viewpoint adventure an interesting mix – necessarily we need to bond with him, but there are aspects of his personality that we cannot know about so there is also a bit of necessary distance between the reader and the main character. Oppenheim deals with this tension very effectively as the story unspools towards an unexpected development surrounding that beautiful young woman that fills his thoughts. It’s nicely done and I enjoyed the world with the satisfyingly nasty aliens. I’m hoping to continue with this series during 2019.
Still, despite highlighting huge numbers of correction, I made it to the end.
Some of the scenes were behind belief, birthdays what a good space opera is all about.
Worth a read, if you can let the poor editing slide.
I just don't understand why the self-published crowd don't get their mates to proof-read.
Its free at the moment, so grab it and see if you like it, then grab the sequel and make a weekend of it!
It seems to me reasonably fast paced. I shall be reading the second book in the series.