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- File size : 4536 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B00J90EG8O
- Publication date : April 1, 2014
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (April 1, 2014)
- Print length : 253 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #493,783 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Very happy to recommend it to others.
If you are considering getting this book then I say "go for it". (Don't let the boring cover fool you, the book is excellent!)
If I could give this book a 3.5 star rating, I would. It's good but not great, and as another reviewer said, it doesn't have a lot of original ideas. If you like a space opera type of story with a good deal of action, you'll like this book. My problems with it were the cliches of the "all-powerful AI" and the "mysterious warrior". In every dangerous situation that Commander Roche faces, it's either Adoni Cane or The Box that pulls her out of it, through some kind of trick or previously unknown ability. After a while, it starts to read like an episode of one of the newer Star Trek shows, where the characters are put in seemingly impossible situations, but are really not in very much danger at all, because it becomes obvious that either Cane or The Box will always come through and save her.
The ending of the book, especially for the first in a trilogy, was a little too much of a "happy ending" for me. Usually, at this point in a story, there should be a certain level of tension that is worked through in the second book, and then ultimately resolved in the third book. The reader is not left with a lot to look forward to in the next installment.
I was also a little puzzled by this installment's title, "The Prodigal Sun". It's apparently supposed to be a play on words for "The Prodigal SON". This phrase is mentioned in the book (with the spelling SON), as it relates to one of the characters, but there is nothing in the book to indicate what is meant by the spelling of SUN in the title. Perhaps this will be revealed in later books; so far I have only read the first one.
It is an enjoyable mix and I had no trouble blazing through the book. However, it doesn't really have an original idea. The AI here is simply too powerful (I'm a Vinge fan and to me, really powerful AIs are scary). And, just about everyone we meet is too "nice". Even the nasty types that we meet at the end of the book are just doing their job, and they aren't that nasty either.
I will grant that the authors have done a good job of "universe" creation. Nothing that grabs you while you say "wow!" but still, not bad at all.
There are better books out there (especially "A Fire Upon the Deep") but there are also a large number of worse books. I'm certainly willing to try out book 2.
Top reviews from other countries
Roche did not come across as a believable spy to me. She was more like a woman caught up in events she had no control over and was obviously in over her head from day one. As someone else said, this book is a conventional space opera. It is an easy and quick read, but certainly not a thought provoking one. I do look forward to learning more about Cane in the next book. He is the only character with some mystery about him. The other characters are pretty much standard for this kind of story.
It also helped that I liked all the main characters, who had their own motivations, even if they didnt know what they were, especially the enigmatic 'box', a super intelligent AI in a suicase attached to the main character who is meant to be delivering it and who is very nifty at rescuing her from tight situations.
Much better than the average pulp fiction, and I give it 5 stars in that context.