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The Star Cross Kindle Edition
|Length: 342 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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- File Size : 1659 KB
- Publication Date : October 29, 2015
- Print Length : 342 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B017CM03GE
- Publisher : Raymond L. Weil Publications LLC; 2nd Edition (October 29, 2015)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #86,255 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Appealing features: an original space opera universe that shows promise, a relatively fast pace for an elaborate story punctuated by action scenes, and the book takes the narrative to its end, which i find very refreshing, as most authors leave open questions and cliffhangers at the end of each book.
Criticism: the author had to cut corners at every level to fit the story in a single book. Character development is very limited, dialogs are simplistic and lack wit and flair, and insights on new technologies and the alien civilisation that spawned the pirates of the Gothan Empire barely scratch the surface. The plundering of Earth is described through a dozen very short snapshots.
Most of the ideas and characters in this book deserved a lot more ink and depth. If that happens in book 2, the series has vast potential.
The action was almost nonstop. Those parts where it slowed down were few and they were so well done thing never got boring. You all know what I mean, so many novels have a great story line with lots of excitement but you also have to slog through long boring section that large parts could, or should, have been left out. Not this one. It was a great read from beginning to end.
Having said that, it is a good, although perhaps a wee bit simplistic, adventure story. There are some quite decent space battles which is probably why I quite liked the book despite the profiteer setting. This book is less heavy on the actual science compared to, for instance, Star One. It is more of an old fashioned adventure from the age of pirates but set in the future and on a galactic scale.
The writing is quite good and there are plenty of likable characters in this book as well as some not so likable. Actually, if you discount the privateers, which by definition are the bad guys, there is only one truly self-centered, abysmally unlikable, political, [censored]hole who, luckily, are quickly contained. At least in this book. He still hangs around though so I truly hope that, if he is included in any future books, that he expediently gets his behind slapped.
What I do like about this book is the premise of humans being the wrong guys to [censored] with. Yes, we were caught off guard and yes we got the [censored] beaten out of us but the profiteers have indeed put their foot in a hornets nest and I think (hope) the stage is set for some serious [censored]-kicking and surprises for the privateers. I quite would like to see the humans applying some human ingenuity to the advanced science that the have purchased as well. I so do like these surprise moments…surprises for the bad guys that is.
It has all the making of a good adventure series and, despite some reservations, I for one would like to see a continuation of this book series.
Top reviews from other countries
Main characters all in place, lots of threads for new stories, disgruntled baddies, new species, undiscovered worlds, yep could be in for the long haul here.
Look forward to the next one to see if it can continue the pace of this one.