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- Print Length: 325 pages
- Publication Date: July 7, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LLS3ZIE
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Now he is needed desperately back on the planet as Civil War is about to break out.
So as usual, the crew decide to leap right in, and rush to the aid of the dual planetary system. This is as far as I go, the rest I will remain spoiler free (and there are no real spoilers in what you have just read)
As with all the other stories, this one has its moments of hilarious laughter were you will be chuckling into the pages and hope no one notices. There are the usual brilliant battle scenes, as well as the exceptionally designed and very creative tech that we all love in this series.
All the main characters as well as the usual sub-characters are in the story. There is a bit of twist, and this is the only spoiler point I will bend a bit, whilst all the characters are in the story, this one is worth reading to see if they all make it out at the end. There are some brutal fight scenes, and considering that a lot of the fighting takes place on a planet filled with Galvetic Warriors?
The other really fascinating thing about this particular book is all the background about Crusher. Being that he is easily one of the favourites of the series, there is an abundant amount of information not only about Crusher and his past, but also about the Galvetic race and the twin planets that they come from.
Once again, Dalzelle has delivered a riveting and engaging book that will capture the interest of fans on multiple levels.
Dalzelle is an exceptional writer, and anyone interested in Sci-Fi should seriously give this series a read.
On the plus side, two of the characters receive upgrades that change their capabilities. While a dangerous tactic for an author (ever increasing technology or magic leads to boring magic vs. magic plots) the author does not fall quite into that trap, and explores the legitimate psychological and physical effects of genetic upgrades. Some of this begins to emphasize the differences in species, which reviewers had complained about in previous installments. The author even postulates evolutionary justification for why on the surface interactions, so many species are similar. One may agree or disagree, but the author's position is apparently not just accidental. Perhaps he based it on his personal experiences interacting with other cultures? He doesn't get quite that introspective. But this installment is relatively more introspective than the others.
Then there is a prison break which they undertake without full control, and a dull sequence of them plowing through tunnels and cutting open grates in what amounts to a dungeon. I was bored and started skimming. But then, issues of control are plainly a theme of this novel. I don't want to spoil it. But it is not just a formula extension of what went previously.
One of the things I like about the beginning of a series is how future team members find each other and come together for a common purpose. Most series go bad because this interesting process stops. The author gets comfortable with the team. Or makes arbitrary changes, like death, that do not come from within the team. Not so Mr. Dalzelle. This 5th book is really about changes in the team, and temporary re-teaming, and trust, and long term development. If you like team formation, just read it. I witheld one star only because of the tunnel sequence. Otherwise, the book is really great and much deeper than the usual in this genre. There are even developments in the, er, ah, the other side of Jason's life. And not the usual J.T.Kirk-like swaggering notches either.
That being said, there are many errors in these books. It's very distracting, and so easily remedied. Although the error rate has marginally improved as the series has progressed, I still wonder if anyone read over these before they were published. Editors still exist, don't they? Sometimes it's something that any spell-check would find, a complete misspelling or two words not separated by a space when they should be. Other times, you wonder if the writer or editor even knew the difference, "decent" vs. "descent" for example. Not that long ago, it was an anomaly to find any book with something as small as an "it" instead of an "in", and most books had no errors at all. It's a bit of a shame.
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