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- Print Length: 396 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1988035163
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- Publisher: Faolan's Pen Publishing Inc. (May 10, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 10, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0719C5LTH
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I really enjoyed this instalment of Kyle Roberts of the Castle Federation. It was a straight forward space adventure with Roberts getting to be a Captain without too much political and espionage BS impacting his job. It was enjoyable reading and it held up well if you read it in sections - one the bus to and from work, rather than in one big gulp (say to 1.30am when I finished it). I liked that Kyle got to be simply a Captain. He got to be something of a shoulder to cry on for his senior officers, he got to dress down those who needed it and as a reader it was nice to not have to question every action and wonder if they were the traitor or going to become one. (Not that I haven’t enjoyed those past books.)
I think Kyle is the most well rounded of all the author’s various characters and I like him a lot. He’s not perfect, he’s not without issues, but he’s real in a way that other characters, whilst likeable, aren’t. Kyle is a man I’d like to buy a drink and enjoy a conversation with.
I liked where this story ended and believe the next instalment could be seriously fun reading.
The Nit-Picking - Possible Spoilers:
I think the author needs to remember that he publishes three separate series that are based in space and have multiple alliances / political situations. It takes me a couple of chapters to get into Federation head space and remember basic details of their politics / alliances. It would be helpful to me for the author to give me a short back story / info dump about the Commonwealth, the Federation and the other groups as we meet characters from them. I also think it would be great if there was a political group reference page so I can keep track of which planets belong where and perhaps even a “cast of characters” listing.
I love the diversity in the books. I think it is wonderful that we have people and relationships that are all sorts of mixes and it simply just is. But one of the effects of this is names and because it is a new situation to our Captain, boarding a new ship, we’re meeting a LOT of people. I find when we first board a new ship and meet staff I process “rank, blah, rank, name, blah, name” when we encounter more unusual names and rank combinations. It’s not that I need everyone to be a Smith, Brown or Johnson but perhaps we could have a few mixed in? I would really appreciate a rank listing for each group - Alliance, Commonwealth, Coraline etc to help counter this.
For me, it would have been helpful in the opening chapter if it was clearly spelled out from the start what the Commonwealth was up to, it wasn’t a secret for the reader. I also think the author missed a golden opportunity in the opening chapter to remind me of exactly who James Tecumseh was. There was no way I would have remembered he was THAT captain and it is only mentioned in the book about half way through. That detail would have added volumes to his character and to my reading experience of him.
It could have easily been done with, please forgive my writing... "Commodore James Tecumseh, didn’t like his current orders from Marshall James Walkingstick to work with pirates to draw an Alliance fleet to this area of space, but he followed orders. The Commodore especially, needed this operation to be a success as it was his opportunity to redeem himself after Barsoom, where he allowed Captain Kyle Roberts to destroy a rogue Commonwealth Captain “The Butcher of Kemetian, choosing honour over his career”
Overall the Stellar Fox features in a “stellar” story that I greatly enjoy, despite my nit-picking above. I look forward to the next instalment.
I'm very sad to have finished the book already.
The space battles are slightly more predictable and thus stale compared to earlier books in series. The characters are not well developed. But the action moves along nicely and there is little ambiguity over who the good guys are versus the pirates.