- File Size: 2162 KB
- Print Length: 308 pages
- Publisher: Raymond L. Weil Publications LLC; 2 edition (March 4, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 4, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UB7THCE
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It didn't start out very well. The dialog was stilted and so heavy with exposition that it was hard to suspend credibility enough to stay with the story. The book starts on the bridge of a ship in battle. The ship shudders from being hit and this is the dialog between commander and admiral in the third and fourth paragraphs:
Commander: "Damn Borzon. They should have stayed in their own territory!"
Admiral: "We're having this problem all along the entire board of the former Hocklyn Slave Empire. The Borzon are trying to add these worlds to their own empire. This is the deepest any of their fleets have penetrated into Federation-controlled space."
The two people leading the fight are going to say this to each other in the heat of battle? These aren't characters, they're cardboard cutouts. I must be missing something.
I keep going. Perhaps cool technology or interesting science will hold my interest. OK, sure, the ships can travel a light year in one minute. I'll accept that. But how can they have detectors that work for 10 light years instantaneously? I don't know, but OK, I'll accept that too. Why do they need hyperspace buoys to communicate? A bit of a stretch, but fine, I'll accept that, too. They have "energy screens" that can be penetrated by "bright blue" particle beams. Really? And then there are "violet-colored power beams" and "white energy beams" and nuclear weapons carried by missiles. And we're only on page 2 or 3!
I keep waiting for the tactics informed by the abilities and limits of these technologies. If one ship can sense another that is light years distant with no lag, then why would any ship wait hours or days until nuclear-tipped "sublight missiles" get to it? In this book, distances make no sense. Travel tens of thousands of light years to another galaxy? Yup. Get thrown off by thousands of light years because a piece of debris happens to change the course of the ship by a few millimeters? Really? How can anyone stay in the story when these kinds of issues arrive every third paragraph? I must be missing something ...
Finally, how can a remote fleet construct new FTL ships and have to go down to an alien planet and hunt alien animals for meat for hamburgers? (That are edible, no less!) Travel to a distant galaxy but not be able to synthesize proteins? Why does their AI look like a beautiful woman, but the enemy AIs look like caricatures of the robot from Lost in Space? Forget the science, the strategies, or the tactics. Maybe it will all be redeemed by the characters. Unfortunately, this is a forlorn hope. I finished the book without ever feeling like I got to know any character particularly well.
I know hundreds of people have given this book a five-star rating. That is truly a puzzle to me. I honestly can't figure out what perspective someone might take that would make this book five stars. I'm not saying this from some highbrow perspective. I can enjoy a wide range of SF, from really hard to fantasy set in an alternate future. I just can't get there with this book. Not even close. I must be missing something!
Once again, the Special Five are attempting things that have never been done before, all to find each other this time. In the four years since their separation, great strides have been made in both galaxies, with a great new threat not just looming on the horizon, but having fingered it's way into the Milky Way Galaxy many years before. This new threat is so devastating, it must be stopped at all costs. And the costs may be too high to pay. Yet, there is still time for the five to find each other and the book is about their attempts at reuniting family, friends, foes, and star fleets.
Non stop action. Side stories that predict future engagements and possible story lines. Hints of things to come? Future predictions? Battles like we've come to appreciate by Mr. Weil. Continuing sagas with all the different species involved. What's not to love about this series?
If you're new to The Slaver Wars, do yourself a favor and start with the first book, making your way to this one. It's a fantastic read, full of heart racing moments. Can't wait to get the next one in hand!
A lot depends on the next book - will the new menace be different from the AI machines? Will it be sufficiently interesting? One of the things I missed in the previous book was interaction with the AI's. Maybe we can have more interaction with this new menace.
I'm gonna buy the sequel, obviously - because the author writes well and it's good airplane entertainment. But will I buy the next sequel?