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For an indy book this was head and shoulders above most of them, there were very few editing problems and none were distracting.
I am a sci fi lady reader in her sixties who began reading Andre Norton in the early 1960's. This book was well put together, had an enjoyable exciting story, and kept me involved. As a Florida resident and an FSU grad I could relate to a number of experiences in the book, they made it more real.
Probably the only implausible area was that the people, the vegetation, and even the environment was totally earth like. It seems that there should have been some noted difference, I realize that he did not want to distract readers from the story but the sameness factor actually distracted me a little.
I still say if you are a fan of space opera - this one's a winner!
At its heart though, Mako is the love child of The Last Starfighter and Top Gun: a group of down-on-their-luck old friends beat a sci-fi video game only to discover that it's a testbed for an alien military training system, and are taken to space to help perfect it. They're not supposed to be combatants but you know it's coming.
Side note, this book also features the most absurdly funny mental image of a character I have ever read in my life: a Shaquille O'Neill-sized black guy who talks like Scotty.
I did indeed like the book. It is the kind of story that I generally like, the book was reasonably well written and the characters were quite likable. That is not to say that it was without faults. There are a few of them that drags down the overall impression. A few people that have reviewed the book complains about the lack of understanding of physics in space that the author exhibits. It is true that there are some idiotic statements like wings folding in and out on the fighters…in space? The author even uses words like “capsizing” in relation to space ships. That is just dumb of course. However, in my opinion, it is not as bad as some reviewers makes it look. I can live with that.
There are a few other unbelievable parts of the story, like these people who have just learned to master FTL flight by reverse engineering another race’s technology and then later claims to have been jumping between galaxies for 40 years looking for planets to colonize (yet they did not find Earth in their own galaxy during those 40 years). The concept that humans should have evolved in separate places in the Universe with identical DNA and pretty much at the same time is also a bit far fetched. The author should have had someone with a bit more skills in biology and physics read through the book before releasing it.
Personally I would consider the above as minor issues though. It is a fiction book after all. My main issue with the book is that it is somewhat uneven in pace. Every now and then it digs itself down in lengthy conversations between the members of professor Lee’s team. Often it weaves in some back flash to their previous lives and it is just too much talk, talk, talk. Those parts quickly gets downright boring.
However, overall I have to say that it is an enjoyable book. The story is nice and so are the characters. You really feel that you want to follow them through the story. The book ends, not in a cliffhanger, but definitely with some unfinished business. If another one comes out I will surely pick it up to see where things go. Now that the main plot element of this book, the surprise of being whisked away to the stars, is used up I wonder which direction the author intends to go? I personally would not mind seeing them going back to Earth and spring the “we are not alone” surprise on a few people.
Some of the story was anticipated. Boy meets girl, gets girl after struggle, girl more than anticipated, yada, yada. But after how many centeries of story telling how can you avoid reusing ideas?
All in all, I do look forward to the next book in the series.
A few criticisms. The space battles were too much air battles. Space is huge and being 200 kilometers away is not far to a ship that could cover that in less than a second. In fact that is knife fighting range.
The thought that a new associate professor could gain tenure just because of a grant is stretching it a tad.
Seriously? A man portable rail gun that spits 2,500 rounds a second and has a self distruct mechanism? Who, in a battle would have time to set it and who would when it might endanger his fellow soldiers?
Again a good read and a fine piece of work. RUAH!!!
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