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- Print Length: 312 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 20, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MXN33M4
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Into the Dark (Alexis Carew Book 1) Kindle Edition
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1. This story and series is "sailing ships" in space - and it's clear this author has a love of the age of sail novels such as the Hornblower saga or Master and Commander. I'd even go so far to think this author has some experience with actual sailing ships or sailboats. Some reviewers have found it hard to wrap their minds around the transition of sailing to space ships, yet this series is not horribly different than David Drake's RCN series featuring Daniel O'Leary. I've read that series and this book compares very favorably; in fact, I'd probably give the nod to this story being a more faithful adaption of life on a man of war of the age of sail taken into space. Whatever the case may be, the other thing this author does well is that there is consistency in the science fiction universe, which is also one of the things that sinks a lot of authors. Casually disregarding the laws of physics or space travel as you posit them is a big no-non and that doesn't happen in this story.Maybe it's hard to conceptually visualize "sailing" in space, yet there is consistency and order in this universe.
2. The other thing other reviewers have commented on is the story telling - and it's superb and tight. The book starts fast, grabs you with a very compelling and likable character in hard circumstances and doesn't stop until the end. There's no unnecessary "fluff" that frequently bloats other stories by thousands of words and you really don't want to put this book down. Which in fact, I didn't. I started reading the story and finished it that night. I've already pre-ordered the second book in this series the next day and am really looking forward to publication next month. The book is long enough that characters are developed and the story is well told, but not so long as the book takes days to read. There's no slogging here.
All in all, this book is a superb launch to what I hope is a series of highly entertaining stories with a universe of possibilities.
I have seen a few comparisons to On Basilisk Station, to which I think he compares favorably, though I felt more of a Patrick O'Brien influence.