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Predation Paperback – September 5, 2012
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- Predation is the first Science Fiction novel to be unanimously voted "Outstanding in Genre" from Red Adept Select.
- Winner of the Peoples Choice Book Award (Kindle Category) October 2013.
About the Author
Mr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. He has written a newspaper column on computers and been published in several magazines.
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First, as has been mentioned before, I think the world building was great. Giant alligators that think all warm blooded life is food, pretty good idea. The grammar was good, type-o's were kept to a minimum and the editing was really good for an independent book.
Some things I didn't like and they are major pet peeves, that many, many authors of military sci-fi do, are
1: The alien race that has been in the stars longer than us is behind us in technology, especially military tech. How the heck is this even possible? From the reading it seems they've been star faring at least a couple centuries ahead of us, they are military oriented, yet their tech is inferior? I hate this gap, many authors do this, we meet some great star empire and always have the advantage, even though they are much older? The British Empire of 1812 was great, but could they compete with the army of even a country like Poland in 2012?
2: To much jumping around between protaganists. Keep the focus, right in the middle of action we jump to something else.
3: Mixed gender militaries without the benefits of some type of strength enhancement tech, especially in the area of special forces. It's not sexist it's biological, females don't have the upper body strength to carry the loads needed by combat soldiers or to make the qualification courses needed for spec op's. You want to make them ship captains, fighter pilots etc., good but if your going to make them grunts give them exo-skeletons to carry the loads needed.
4: The humans always catch the breaks. In battle, it's usually overwhelming force or superior tech that wins the day. Battle is confusing and breaks on a dime, why is it that humans always catch the breaks, even when invading the home planet of their enemies, who would have the huge advantage of knowledge, supply etc., The Germans battle plans and execution were always better than the allies, but with the entrance of the U.S. in WWII and their ability to out produce everyone it was a forgone conclussion who would win the war. We could lose 10 Sherman tanks to each Panzer they lost, wouldn't that be the same thing on an alien's planet where they've had centuries to dig in?
I really think if some of these things could be cleaned up the premise, aliens, background, etc., are excellent and would make a great series
Overall, I found the book very entertaining and I would definitely recommend it, even if (or maybe especially if) science fiction isn't a favorite genre for the reader.
I enjoyed the author's description of the technology in this book - sometimes very descriptive and sometimes very offhand. It gave a sense that some things were so common and simple as to not need too much explanation. This allowed for some good immersion in the world of the book.
This descriptiveness occasionally overpowered the story, leaving little to the imagination when he explained character detail and action too fully. When this happened, the story dragged a little.
I would enjoy reading more about the reptilian antagonists. What we learn about their culture and technology is utterly fascinating. However, as explained by the author, we are not likely to visit them more. In this, I am disappointed.
Overall, this was a good read, but somewhat unpolished. I look forward to seeing more from this author.