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Top Customer Reviews
I wanted to like this book more than I do. But it just isn't... what it could have been. The characters are shallow and predictable. The natives, for example, are Noble Savages straight from central casting. The bad guys all seem to have the same mix of arrogance, racism, and brutish stupidity. And many of the characters change their mind about things at the drop of a helmet. The plot goes straight from Point A to Point B. There are few surprises and no intricacies.
What gets the book one more star than it deserves is that this badly-written, cliché-riddled story actually reminds me of early 20th century pulp science fiction. Like a weekend overnight in a log cabin, its blunt simplicity brings back memories of what the last generation lived with. And what we have progressed away from.
Overall the story moved pretty good, the only problem is some of the climactic moments seemed to wrap up too fast and not with the same care given the rest of the story.
BUT... like I said, overall it moved along and keeps your interest and is a good read. I'll look forward to more from this author.
This might be a good book for a family to read together and discuss the issues.
On the humor side I give Roy 5 stars! I think even Isaac Asimov would have been proud of him.
I have little doubt that such jumps are entirely a fault of the format; it takes far less time to state that something was done... than to write out the actions as those actions progress. I wouldn't mind seeing this story re-addressed and expanded upon with those gaps filled in.
Another side effect of the format is that lots of questions are posed about the cultures and reality of many of the players involved. Case in point: "The Visitors." Why are they so important? Why does everybody fear them? What exactly is the Council? Why does the Council matter? Many of the questions ultimately go unanswered... which left me with a hollow feeling. There is a large difference between withholding information for the sake of creating mystery or leaving options open; and quite another between leaving questions of motivations completely un-addressed. This, separation of "Information" and "Answer" is highlighted in one of the final standoffs. To try and keep this spoiler free, a villain in the book connects getting caught for one hostile and illegal action... as being caught for a completely different and separate illegal action... and ties it together with a comment about fear and ignorance preventing scientific advances. If that actually sounds confusing...Read more ›
1. The prose was acceptable, with good grammar, good spelling and coherent sentences, which made the reading easier.
2. It carried the theme of, "Justice applies to everyone" through to a satisfying conclusion; and was appropriate for a "Law enforcement in the far future" story.
3. The characters drew the reader's emotional response
4. Though the story was not a comedy, Roy, the marshall's personal assistant, added enough humor to draw my frequent smiles.
I would classify it as a good read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was interesting and appeared up to date with events as such.Published 11 days ago by Horace Mann
The characters are well developed and draw the reader into the story. Unexpected twists and turns hold readers' interest.
Recommended for more than science fiction fans.
The story has a good pace to it and I like the fact that in the end the good prevail... but it was like a short movie, I believe there could have been more development of the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ceci Utrilla
Believable parallels of our present time are discussed including, but not limited to, the privileged class with an elitist sense of entitlement, abuse of power from the government... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sojourn
It was kind of cute, but had some annoying errors in referencing the incorrect characters a few times.. Over all I wouldn't read it again but it was worth the $5 I paidPublished 15 months ago by Reno
A good story although it lacked something in the end. My feeling was that it was finished somewhat in a hurry.Published 15 months ago by Hristo Dokov
An enjoyable read, could have been more challenging. Loved the robot !Published 16 months ago by Patricia E. Williams
I never read any of the serial versions. When I saw the title I had a gut instinct that it was something special. You will like the characters. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Phil Leininger
Sometimes, you need a really good story teller to help you get a break from the insanity going on around you in today's world!Published 16 months ago by Peter Anthony Roland (PARoland)
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