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- Print Length: 295 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 6, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O92L5RM
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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No Spoilers – Sorry! But I will tell you that you will not see it coming, it is far bigger than what you expect, and Dalzelle has a flair for story telling that makes anything he writes well worth reading.
It's not just that he tells a great story that is fast paced, action packed with some wicked humour. Dalzelle goes to the effort to make sure that he has done the research so that his story is believable (for a Sci-Fi story obviously), that the tech is sound, that the story flows with his other books and is consistent etc. Having read several others in this genre, I hate it when you come across stuff that does not come up to scratch, when authors have not made the effort to make their technology plausible or within the bounds of physics. And this is where Authors like Dalzelle standout from the crowd.
Added to that is his Characters. Whether it is these group of hooligans or those from his other series The Black Fleet Trilogy, his characters are written with such believable ease. By this I mean that you can easily relate to them, as you read about them, you can see them, understand their actions and behaviours as Dalzelle has made them easy to believe, even though a large majority of them are alien. And this is something that is difficult to do, take something that is alien, and still have us, the reader, relate to it. This is the mark of a good Author.
One of the other great aspects of these books is that the story shifts quiet easily from a humorous note in which members of the crew are having a crack at each other, to rather serious or delicate situations, in which there are charged and emotional situations. Again, this is something that is difficult to do, especially after 6 books, it is difficult to keep it fresh, interesting and dynamic, and Dalzelle has not only managed this, but leaves you wanting more.
Each book the characters have continued to develop, allowing us to explore them, but not so much that this becomes an in-depth character novel, as this is at the end of the day, the A-Team meets Firefly, meets Battlestar Galactica on Steroids. It's about an action packed, full-on ride into whatever hell has been unleashed on the crew this time with some hilarious laughs along the way. And it's possibly one of the best Sci-Fi reads of its genre out there.
If you loved Firefly, Battlestar, or any of that type, this is definitely for you, and it just gets better with each book.
To me, these books are different because Jason Burke, the human, isn’t the weak link in this group. He’s gone through a number of enhancements that have made him stronger, faster, and smarter. That his body could put up with all these changes is a credit to the human race and pretty much astounds Doc Ma’Fredich. He’s now the equal in physical combat to Crusher, who is a massive alien, all muscle, and bred for fighting. He’s also a formable challenge to Lucky, who is a synthetic being made mostly of electronics and high density metal. He’s also a walking computer, but Jason doesn’t necessarily have to rely on him for that purpose. No, Lucky, is more a of mobile armor platform than anything else. So, Jason is in charge and has proven himself on numerous occasions.
Now, they are off on another mission to transport and archeologist to a former dig to pickup some equipment and an artifact that was left behind in her hasty departure. Jason doesn’t really care what the archeologist needs to get or what she found as long as he gets paid up front. But, once a the far distant empty dust-ball of a planetoid, he finds that she hasn’t told him everything, as usual. He and his ship, the Phoenix find themselves being attacked by different factions for something they thing Jason’s ship contains. Jason and Twingo, his Chief Engineer, have pretty much taken the Phoenix apart and can’t find anything of particular value or anything that shouldn’t be on the ship. Then they bring this new artifact aboard and things start happening.
The writing in these stories is so fluid. It’s very easy to read on of these books and I kind of fly through them. Fortunately, each book has been pretty long and that even ads to the story-line. There is just a touch of humor also in the story which helps a lot. It would seem to an outsider that Jason’s crew can’t stand each other, but as they are together on some lengthy space voyages, they constantly bicker to just keep themselves sane. They all know that what they say doesn’t matter, it’s what they do that counts and no one ever gets left behind. Jason can also figure out what’s going on with the people he helps and knows when he’s not being told the whole story. It’s the same with this Archeologist. Unfortunately for her, she gets caught in a lie that results in her death. Jason isn’t really sorry about it, but if she had been honest from the start, it might have been prevented.
So, another good science fiction book for you to read. I’ve already bought the next one, “Omega Force: Redemption” and I’ll be enjoying it probably not long from now.
The series begins on Earth with a normal human as the main character and from there it expands into space travel -- that is why it is so believable for me.
Naturally it evolves into having alien characters as well, but the way they are introduced makes them also reasonable and believable. Each character has its own specific personality and the interaction between them all is what makes this series so much fun to read.
If you like fun, exciting spacefaring stories that you can feel you are experiencing for yourself then I highly recommend this series.
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