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Ringship Discretion Paperback – August 8, 2012
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I was going to read the first few chapters of Ringship Discretion, but I got hooked and stayed up half the night to finish it. It was a little hard to get into at first, probably because I'm used to reading multi-million-copy best-sellers, which have armies of editors and full-time lifelong professional writers. This book is not quite up to the same caliber, but the distinction was lost on me as soon as the action really heated up and the characters came alive and I started to really get to know them.
The best and most unique element of this story is the way that real science ("hard" sci-fi) is utilized as central elements of the plot and action, including space ship deceleration, communication, space weapons, depressurization, and much more. This is not a book that insults your intelligence with constant hand-wavey explanations and disregard for all the laws of physics. Instead, it bases as much as possible on real science, but without getting into long and boring explanations. (And therefore, it rewards you if you know the background science already.) That makes it even easier to suspend disbelief and the story all the more absorbing.
Overall, it is an excellent read.