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- Print Length: 220 pages
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- Publication Date: April 19, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JTFVWAE
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
By Other Means (On Silver Wings Book 5) Kindle Edition
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This one, though...meh. First, it could have easily been 4-5 chapters in another book. Not only was it short, word/page wise, but the overall scenario, situation was short. It was not what I would consider a novel, nor even a novella.
Second, the grammar and spelling errors, and word mis-usage, were much worse in this. The rest of teh books in the series felt as if they were professionally edited. This one, well, no. It felt like a self-published kindle book, with numerous mistakes throughout, which always bothers me.
Third, well, it just didn't grab me like the other books did. The scale of the action was much smaller, more intimate, and while some like that, and I usually do, this just didn't work for me. It didn't grab me, didn't pull me in, and make me frantically read page after page after page.
Finally, the aliens just didn't feel alien. When Sorilla was wandering around the staion, it felt, to me, like she was wandering around any neighborhood on Earth. The aliens felt like Star Trek aliens, you know, the kind that look and act human, except for some slightly odd facial feature (scarred nose, green skin, etc...) . No sense of wonder to them, or mystery, unlike the first four books.
Having said all that, it was still enjoyable, and I will certainly buy the next book in the series, in hopes that it is better. Evan, your books are in general great, and I have enjoyed this series, and your other series (Odyssey One). I hope that your quality of writing improves back to where it was in the first four books in this series.
"By Other Means", as the title implies, has Captain Sorilla Aida joining the diplomatic team as a 'bodyguard' to the SOLCON Ambassador negotiating the truce with the Alliance worlds. Aida's actual duties include cultural information gathering with the purpose of identifying weaknesses in the Alliance. The good news for Solcon is that the Alliance is fraught with factions but the bad news is that at least two groups if not more want to use the humans to destroy the truce, including killing everyone on the ship and/or station and get the hot war started again. Ultimately circumstances places Aida working alongside her old enemy Kriss (plus other interesting new characters from both the Alliance and SOLCOM worlds) when the Aida style kick-a$$ mayhem finally breaks out.
My only serious complaint is that BOM is a little short on pages compared to the others in the series which was a disappointment as I read the entire novel in just a few hours. Also, I'm a little worried about where Currie is going with this new story arc as I'm not a fan of cold war style spy thrillers. I highly suggest one read the earlier books in the series first, particularly the first book "On Silver Wings" that remains my favorite.
I note other reviewers' remarks about grammar and spelling errors. I guess that is true but I only recall being jerked from the story one time for a grammar error. Unfortunately I've become inured to all kinds of errors as I rarely find any self published or small publishing house book that is not full of errors. My pet peeve are lazy authors who can't keep their subjective, possessive & objective pronouns straight but I think Currie passed that low bar.
4 stars because the earlier books were better.
After the mysterious disappearance of Valkyrie and the Alliance fleet, an uneasy truce has been called. Aida is assigned to the diplomatic protection squad, and is looking for weaknesses to capitalize on.
It's a very good story, but once again, mistakes have overruled a higher rating. The diplomat from Earth is a man, but at one point is referred to as 'her'. The Alliance diplomat is a different species, but on one occasion is referred to as a Parithalian.
There were many other trifling errors, that a good editor or proofreader would have caught before this book was published.
And more vague hints concerning the relationship between he Ros El, or Ross Ell, (depending on the author's mood) and Earth. Did Valkyrie travel back in time? I'd dearly love to know, but the author isn't saying.
Results: enjoyable adventure, flawed by errors.
Conversely, there was some odd editing to these books that actually left entire words out of sentences. For instance, this is a line from book 6:
"They'd apparently able to gain ground after the Poland had thinned the defenders deeper inside the city,..."
Another weird edit was using the wrong preposition: "..as she climbed her Titan back to its feet and disgustedly tossed away the ruined pulse cannon she'd be using."
You'll find this in all the books and it can be a bit annoying but, for me, not sufficient to detract a star. Only to bemoan the degradation of the English language in the hands of millennials and social media.
There was a lot of math/physics, as well, but not so overwhelming or key to the plot that you need to either understand it or spend too much time trying to figure it out. For me, could be true I don't know, I don't need it to be but it sure would be cool if it is.