- File Size: 2040 KB
- Print Length: 359 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace (September 20, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 20, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FCC2VIA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Commas are either missing (95% of the comma errors) or tossed in randomly (5% of the comma errors).
Spelling mistakes, in terms of the letters only, are rare - only two or three ("the box weighted" as opposed to "the box weighed") but errors like "under weigh" instead of "underway," "load out" instead of "loadout," "was" instead of "is," "drascos" instead of "drasco's," "try and" instead of "try to" (where indicated), "to that and" instead of "to that end," "Being a marines" instead of "being a marine," and other weird constructions abound.
Not to mention the typist's refusal to use the conjunction "that" in almost every instance where it's needed and the incessant, habitual use of an opening single quote where a leading apostrophe is required.*
It's a fine story, but the typist's lack of the basics makes for a frustrating and aggravating experience.
Would I recommend this book? ABSOLUTELY. The copyediting in this book is nowhere near as bad as I have seen in many of today's online offerings. But I would also recommend that today's authors educate themselves.
*This last is endemic among today's typists and the fault lays squarely at the feet of both Microsoft and today's grammar schools. But it's also inexcusable.
The main character, Blackamon Stone is 15 years old and a midshipman who is pretty outspoken to his senior officers. When he discovers a materiel theft ring aboard his ship, he is stuffed into an escape pod with another officer and cast adrift from his ship. This, really is where the fun starts.
The story details how he and the other officer survive on an uninhabited planet, manage to return to their ship and capture the ringleaders of the conspiracy, oh, they also manage to go into battle and defeat their enemy.
Okay, that's the story and it's told in a very engaging way. The characters are very human and likeable. The interactions feel real. The humorous interaction between the characters is authentic. The description of the Marines aboard ship is as authentic as I've ever read in ANY book.
Another thing that I like is that this is a stand-alone book, even though the door was left open for a sequel... or not. There is a beginning, middle and an end. All the threads are trimmed and tied up in the ending. You are not left wondering about this or that. It's all right there.
I'm dismayed at the prevailing trend to write trilogies or series based upon a single character or theme. Not that this is a bad thing, but when I buy a book, I hate having to buy two or five more in order to find out what happened.
All in all, this is a very good story and you'll find yourself rooting for the heroes and booing the bad guys. It's a fun read. Buy This Book.
Despite Midshipman Stone's lack of experience, he rises to the rank of captain of the supply ship, Periodontitis, nicknamed Ol' Toothless, through a series of unbelievable mishaps and victories. Join Midshipman Stone and his myriad collection of friends for the interstellar ride of your life!
I noticed there were editing issues which detracted from the flow of the story at times. But all in all, I was pleased.
Likes: Fun dialogue with some really surprising remarks/quips. (Yes, I truly LOL'd and I received odd looks from my co-workers.)
Dislikes: I had to put up with all the pain, stress, and self-doubt of the main character ... there was dramatic ending ... and nothing. There was so much more that could have been written to wind down the book. It was like a concert where the band just walked off the stage in a middle of song.
I am glad there are more books by the author (happy face) ... I hate finding a book I enjoy only to discover there is only 1 book. (sad face)