- 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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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,975 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.
At the same time, the humans in their own galaxy are preparing to face the expected onslaught of the Simulins. Unfortunately this books introduces some political struggles and, as most people know, when politicians are involved, especially in military decisions, they tend to screw things up. To add to the problems a real a--hole in the form of a admiral that seems to be appointed more based on political connections than military merit and who cares more about brown nosing said politicians are added to the mix. Needless to say these were not my favorite parts of the book.
The dual point of views, one from the Triangulum galaxy and another from the human home galaxy, allows the author to throw not one but two major showdowns against the Simulins at the reader. As usual when this author is concerned these are enjoyable action sequences.
Luckily the more intelligent of the characters, as opposed to politicians and brown nosing admirals, manages to overcome the less intelligent characters’ attempt to screw things up. However their effort may be in vain as the Simulins have a rather huge ace up their sleeves.
Most of the old characters are back, including the two AI’s and Admiral Streth although the latter, even though playing a rather important role, is not very present in this book. The story does contain a few new twists and discoveries but the book still lacks a bit of the novelty of the previous books in the various series from this author. This is of course always the case with ongoing book series. Once the initial universe is created the story tends to become a bit of business as usual. The core story of a race trying to eliminate all future threats by killing all advanced or potentially future advanced races is also one that has been used before by several authors.
Nevertheless this is a good book. At least if you like traditional “empires slug it out” kind of space opera. Even though the story is not unique it is well done with likable characters. I liked the book a lot and are looking forward to the next instalment.
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.