- File Size: 781 KB
- Print Length: 301 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 3, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004UHLJFO
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,236 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Inner Circle (Comet Clement series, #1) Kindle Edition
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The president and his small inner circle(I.C.) create a plan to save all life on earth and to spend billions of dollars to do this.They base this plan on information given to them by an 8th grade science teacher who says the diverted comet will miss earth by 100 miles.What,the government has no real scientists that can be trusted?
Then the I.C. decides that someone needs to be murdered.So they find a hit man and he drives a truck into the victim's car,running him off the road.Then the hit man drives away,just assuming the victim is dead.
Also,from a quick look on the internet,it seems a nuclear bomb will not explode due to a conventional explosion.
And finally,they send one man to divert this comet(the most important task in the history of the world) and they send him alone?In this 4 1/2 year journey,he can have a heart attack or go insane from being basically in solitary confinement.
So why only three stars? Punctuation and grammar. It was bad, bad, bad. It is distracting to the story. There were sentences with too many words (ex. "Shuttle Exploration was began its descent"). There were some sentences that were so bad I could only guess as to their meaning. Some sentences were missing words. In book three I was so distracted I started highlighting all the mistakes and reached well over 200. The author doesn't appear to understand the difference between various homonym's (past/passed, bear/bare). If you have a problem with a plethora of grammatical errors than I suggest you pass on this story.
The very back stories that I loved earlier, well as a reader you are inundated with the back story of, I swear, every single character. Page after page of back story on a character that shows up only twice in twelve books. Example, the New York museum lady, she only shows up a couple of times and the author did a Great job of showing her character through her actions and dialogue. There was no reason for a lengthy description of her past childhood and why art was so important to her, she made that abundantly clear herself.
The author created three possible ways to survive the comet with the arks, each with their own weaknesses. I had hoped that the author would delve into what it would be like to live in these different conditions, instead he turned it into some kind of a soap opera. We've got people falling in love, people trying to break them up, misunderstandings, manipulations, revenge etc. Everything but what it was like to live through a comet strike, to realize the world is gone. The biggest problem is that some of these story lines went nowhere, ex. Maddox/the guy who missed his fiance (can't recall his name). This story dragged on for a few books and in the end it did nothing to advance the story, just like the author got tired of writing about it so he ended it.
And finally, the author places many of his characters in situations that are just completely unbelievable. There is always a certain amount of belief that you have to suspend in books but the author just went too far. A gun fight on a space station? Eating once every three days but nobody dies, or even acts like they're starving. There are more, but I don't want to run the risk of exposing any spoilers.
In the end I don't feel this story rates more than three stars but I would suggest giving it a try, you can get books 1-3 for only .99 cents so you won't be out much but your time.
IF you suspend all those beliefs, you're left with having read the first book of what appears to be a set of is apparently 12!! That's an awful lot of time invested on a story that starts off on very shakey legs. Quite frankly had I realized this was 1/12 I would have passed on reading it.