- File Size: 1813 KB
- Print Length: 330 pages
- Publisher: Raymond L. Weil Publications LLC; 1 edition (August 13, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 13, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013XBUYS0
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,282 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The only constructive criticism I have for this series is that it reads like a novel written for young adults. This isn't a bad thing if the intended audience is young adults. But as a middle-aged adult, it's hard to find some of the dialog between characters believable. I'm speaking of characters whose role would require a deep level of scientific expertise in their field, but asking questions that seem to suggest they have no basic knowledge of the underlying science. Another example would be characters who would be in command roles on a very important military mission, but fall into teenage-like dialog about hamburgers or wedding dreams. To a mature reader this seems a bit silly. To a young reader, it might make sense.
Nevertheless, I have a deep appreciation for Mr. Weil's ability to construct a story and put the reader in the moment. I look forward to his next novels.
Man is stripped down to his elemental base self. How to survive when crazy is trying to kill you. The battles are brutal, stripping down each ship's commander into 'the good of the many' mentality. Each clash a last stand.
Much like the D Day invasion of Normandy, the Lost Fleet must ignore individual losses to survive. The crews are heroic, making sacrifice after sacrifice trying to gain an edge, even a simple toehold in a hostile galaxy. A galaxy dominated by emotionless killers bent on wiping out every perceived, though imaginary, threat.
The Simulins refuse to compete with any other species for resources in their universe. Any species capable of any space flight is wiped out, their planet wiped clean of life, and terrifying spiderlike robots deployed to hunt and kill any survivors who manage to escape the initial devastation.
Humans enter this scenario, unaware of the pogrom underway. A galactic Holocaust in which humans are the elusive prey.
Mr. Weil's characters are not the books' greatest strength, but the fleet commanders are usually pretty well done, and the two AI's Ariel and Clarissa -- as distinct from the AI race that was an enemy but is now an ally -- are quite engaging. Hedon Streth, hero of the "Slaver Wars", is rusticating in retirement and becoming a bit of a mystic with visions of the future, perhaps intentionally channeling Asimov's Hari Seldon.
Tactics in these space battles are rudimentary, and outcomes are usually determined by who has the better tech. Shields are weakened, briefly go down, nuclear missiles sneak through, ships explode. Ships enter a swirling white vortex, Rinse and repeat. There is so much repetition of these events, one supposes that Mr. Weil has them on hot keys.
These books may not be the best, but they are good enough that if you hanker for really big space battles, you should definitely be reading them.