- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: PublishAmerica (October 27, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592863140
- ISBN-13: 978-1592863143
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,679,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rolling Thunder Paperback – October 27, 2003
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I give 5 stars for character development. Jacqueline Judson and TL O'Toole are vibrant and well defined, as are all the sub-characters, from TL's companion Sera to a not-so-nice Acala. When I wasn't reading, I often thought of them, and wondered what would happen next--anxious for free time to get back to the story.
In SF, an important "character" for me is the world. Stone's Pax Noma was as interesting and well described as the flesh-and-blood characters.
For the story line: I'd only give 4 stars. The action was well done and believable, but the tie-in to what was happening politically on Pax Noma didn't show up until very close to the end. I'd say more about the actual "rolling thunder" but that would lead to spoilers. The ending pushed the envelope a bit on believable development, and this only hit me after I'd finished the book and pondered it for a day.
But, I'm giving stars the way the IRS reckons taxes, so my 4.6 becomes a 5.
What gave it a twist was the intelligent trunk Sera and what the natives call Panga. The latter was interesting in concept, but what held my interest through the book was the former. Sera made the story different enough that I stopped skipping whole pages of story that I could have told you this or that happened and I'm usually a very forgiving audience when it comes to that. He had gathered what could have been an interesting band of characters to go on to tell more stories in future books. Yet that was not to be.
The author couldn't refrain from the usual trope of there could only be one female in our hero's life, so someone had to go and it wasn't the love interest. It wasn't even the usual heroic sacrifice end either. I felt like I blinked and it was over.
From there I was back to skipping passages, stopping only so long to see, yep, just where I thought the story would be. The antagnoist thought 'killed' earlier shows up to give one last fight with our hero.
Oh, minor rant. I wish an author would not switch from mild profanities to the stronger ones later on in a book. Here it comes out of nowhere. I mean it was called for much, much earlier in the story and wasn't used so it was a huge surprise when it came out later. I don't mind authors with 'realistic' speaking characters, they just should be -consistent-. If you're going to have a swearing character, have it consistent. Not throw a switch to make it come out of nowhere. Given it is only a couple of places, I think its just a decision of one draft that didn't get corrected in subsequent drafts and made it into the final work by being overlooked.
Rant aside, it was an o-kay story. Sera made it most of the way through so it held my interest that far. From there it was just too predictable for even me and I usually like these hero saves heroine sort of stories.
It was a case where, outside of Sera and Panga, you could take the science out of the fiction and the story remained pretty much untouched. Which is probably why I didn't enjoy it as much outside of those two.
I originally was going to give this two stars, but that registers as doesn't like. I liked it, only for Sera though. Hence the third star, but -only- due to Sera. The concept of Panga is very interesting, and kudos to the author for Panga, but he didn't rate enough to add that star as Sera did.
I want to end on a positive note, for those who do love a two-fisted pulp adventure with a little more science to it than the genre usually has, you may wish to check this out.