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The genre is best described as space opera, in the general vein of Star Trek and Serenity/Firefly. It's entertaining and occasionally hilarious, but there are also Scenes that Make You Think. Best of all, the author made me care about the characters and want to find out more about what happens to them.
I want to commend the author for delivering high-quality, well-edited prose. That shouldn't be cause for celebration, but these days it is.
Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys light science fiction.
The long, tedious middle section of the book is made even more painful by at least a couple of department head meetings where the captain goes around the table and has each head report on progress, which go on for page after page. If you love such meetings at work, then this book is for you.
As other reviewers have noted, the premise of this book requires superhuman suspension of disbelief. In short, a group of dedicated video game players hacks the government's most super secret war gaming computer, and when they are caught, the government is so impressed with their skill that they are given a real warship to cruise around the galaxy in to look for things that they find interesting. Oh, and to ensure the success of their mission, the admiral assigns her drop dead babe daughter, the best engineer in the fleet of course, to the gamers' spaceship. Needless to say, she quickly hooks up with the captain. You have to admit, this is the kind of plot any 15 year old guy could make up while bored in social studies class.
I've read a lot of great and well written science fiction over the past 50 years, and it is hard not to conclude that there is no substitute for a good editor, or just an editor. Like most of the cheap Kindle sci-fi I've read, this book contains a lot of dialog that would not make it past an even semi-comatose editor.
Most of the book's 5 star reviews, and especially those by its apologists, say that it should be viewed as just a fun, easy, breezy read. Since I found it to be long and tedious, I don't plan to read any of the subsequent books.
I don't write movie reviews, but if I did, here's what I'd have to say about this, if I were to see it screened:
"Star Trek meets Love Boat, in an adolescent, techno-geek gamer wet dream, that features periodic galactic battles, using incomprehensible weaponry - fought between a kumbaya crew and fascist corporate goons - and interspersed with long episodes of space ship interior decorating."
Let's be clear here though, this would still get 5 stars from me if it was normal book priced. In fact, I feel a bit bad about not paying for it. I felt a bit better after buying the rest of the series, though they are pretty cheap compared to other books. (Benefit of self-publishing, I suppose?)
Spinward Fringe Origins is a collection of three novellas, that add up to a single novel type book. They mesh together excellently, so when reading it feels like one novel that just has three distinct plot segments. The plot is compelling, though not necessarily entirely original. It follows a common theme in sci-fi, but it is very well done. The spinward fringe universe is an interesting place, and feels vast throughout the writing. It's hard to not feel attached to the main characters, they are developed enough to feel real and cared about, without bogging down the story.
This is definately an action series, with a lot going on. The setting still seems real, however, and the first novella really sets up the feeling of exploring this unknown fictional universe. Despite being self published, this story is far superior to most self published books here on amazon, and having professional editing is apparent. There are no more spelling/grammar errors or typos in this than in a paperback book.
This book follows a first-person perspective throughout, which I feel really adds to the explorative sense of the story. The following books move to the more traditional third-person narrative.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book! This is the caliber of author that will keep me trying self-published books on Amazon. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by J. Freeman
Excepcional science fiction. In the same league as Isaac Asimov Foundation trilogy, and some of the original Star Trek stories.Published 4 days ago by JorgeJHC
The story kept me interested through the entire book. I have read better action books but this one held my interest throughout the entire plot.Published 4 days ago by Jim
What a great read. I was always at the edge of my seat and I couldn't put the book down. I'm definitely going after the sequals! Broadcast 1, her I come...Published 8 days ago by Andrew
This is an intelligent, thoughtfully written story with great promise. I can't wait for the rest. Loved the story!Published 9 days ago by alan einfeld
This is an intriguing story. V1 is a bit shaggy, but it was free (like extra salty peanuts on the bar, I suppose). And I have, so far, bought 3-4 of the follow-ons. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mac Townsend
I am enjoying the story and will look for others by the same AuthorPublished 12 days ago by Niles Hagedorn
Good read. Not great but did more than hold interest. Will read sequels.Published 13 days ago by Richard C. Graves