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If you want a fast-paced and engrossing action/adventure novel with a realistic feel and military basis, you will like this book. Currie's knowledge of (or research and advice on) current weaponry and tactics adds a realistic feel to the book that is much beyond many other military action/adventure books.
It's impossible for me to discuss this book without mentioning the similar-but-different "Monster Hunter, Inc" series by Larry Correia. I won't go into a comparison here, other than to say if you like Monster Hunters, Inc., you will like this book, and vice versa.
Realistic feel and actions
Hard to put down
Characterization is adequate, but not deep. Not a psychological thriller if that is what you are looking for.
Could have been longer without feeling stretched. Some of the characters are too lightly fleshed out and some actions that were just mentioned as a transition could have been expanded to strengthen the story line and enjoyment.
The ending felt a bit abrupt. The story line wrapped up by the end of the book, but left many open issues. That won't bother me as much if Currie writes another few books to make this book into the start of a series.
Mr Currie excels at space scifi writing (e.g. the fantastic "On Silver Sings" series).
Having read and enjoyed Evan Currie's books since his first offerings became available on the Kindle I have repeatedly been impressed with his ability to jump from genre to genre and consistently offer a enjoyable and new story with great character driven stories.
So despite my initial skepticism I grabbed this book and immediately tore through it, enjoying the author's foray into year another story. The only complaint I have is that this adds yet one more series that I am now eagerly awaiting the next installment.
In many ways it is, but here are my opinions on this book. . .
+ Imaginative. Some cool concepts in here.
+ Action-packed. The author can describe action scenes overall well (see my CON comment on checking facts). Scenes are clear enough that the reader can stay engaged and follow what's going on.
+ Different groups/factions fighting for their specific agenda, regardless if the agenda was against those trying to protect humanity.
+ Monsters. As all kinds of creatures could be involved with the veil, you never really know what was going to happen, which was nice and suspenseful.
+ Kudos to the marketing team, as I like the cover.
- Completely unlikable main character. He's a jerk and as a reader I'm rooting for the protagonist to die, not succeed.
- Characters are all copies of each other, even the female characters. If it wasn't for tag lines, you wouldn't know who was talking.
- Author distractedly uses the same words for everyone's reaction and they all react the same way over and over again.
EXAMPLE: He or she growled an answer or they snarled a reply. Is everyone secretly a werewolf in this story, with that much growling and snarling going on? About 20% through the book I started highlighting one scene with the female captain, where she snarls and growls in nearly every line of dialogue. Very amateurish writing.
- As one other reviewer pointed out, author could have done some research, such as visited a gun range or watched some youtube videos as simple use of firearms just doesn't work the way he describes. This lack of continuity and realism breaks the suspension of disbelief and jolts the reader. I've fired a gun plenty of times...it would be nice if the author had fired a gun once.
- Intelligent zombies. Dumb zombies. Intelligent zombies again? Just pick one and then we know what to expect and not feel robbed in the scene.
- Geez, another religion basher. Oh well. There was nothing I remember reading that came before that suggested this was the character vs. the author wanting to "preach" his viewpoint. Keep it in character, please.
- Recently I was listening to a podcast where a famous YA author was fielding audience questions. He was ex-military and was asked what mistakes authors make when writing about the military. Well, those mistakes were in this book. Again, a bit of research could have helped not break the reader's immersion.
NEUTRAL: I can't figure out if the 47North Publishing is a self-publishing service arm of Amazon or not. I've read lots of self-published items and the faults in this book make me think that is what happened here. It would have been nice for a good editor to have gotten their hands on this book before the reader had. It could have been more than a 3-star / Good rating for me.
OVERALL: Yes, while my complaint list is long, the things called out are very fixable in sequel books. The author is no Dean Koontz or James Rollins, but he has the ideas to be a mix of the two. Just needs to tighten up the writing craft to make for a better read.
A very similar experience was David Golemon's Event Group Thrillers series. That author had a first book with lots of errors too, but pulled it together better in subsequent books. I'd almost think this book and the Event books were written by the same guy. Who knows.
I really like this author and was interested to see what he would do for this story. I like the idea of ignorance that was a defense. If you don't see them(the Big Bads), they don't see you is a pretty cool concept. Originally, this started as fanfic on his website, but I like what he has done to make it his own.
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I liked the premise and the flow was good this is a good beginning