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Other reviewers have left great reviews in more detail than mine--so why repeat what's already been written, right?
If you are heavy into science and computers, you may cringe at some scenarios. Reviewer "Topoftheworld" spells them out quite well. But if you can suspend belief for a bit, I believe you will find an enjoyable trip into space. The ending, for me was surprisingly unexpected and does set things up for the next book in the series.
The main characters are the crew of the Athena an exploratory space ship sent to Pluto to investigate some strange buildings there that have been discovered and upon arrival the crew finds more than they ever expected and their journey doesn't take them back to earth but via a wormhole to an entirely different galaxy where their adventures really begin and they meet two very new alien races. This is the best first contact story I've ever read. The writing is top notch sci fi and the story moves along at a good pace. I see phrases like "a real barn burner" and "Can't put this book down" on a lot of reviews but all the books in this series are really hard to put down once you start.
There are always new mysteries to be revealed and new secrets uncovered and new adventures to be had and the crew of the Athena take it all in stride. The characters in the book are all likable and endearing and all have their own special talents. Even the "bad guy" aliens that want to rule the universe are interesting and there are surprises all along the way. I highly recommend these books you won't regret picking them up.
Book One starts off kinda juvenile but quickly grows up. Don't give up.
Ships using sensors and displays have no need to put the bridge in the vulnerable anachronistic front. Ken realized this in the last book and buried it in the better-protected middle of the ship.
Another anachronism is "mag boots". I doubt that composite alloys in the distant future would contain iron or steel.
It gets tiresome that everything that could go wrong...does. At least once in a while, give them a break.
Last but not least, a bit of praise for recognizing that the Air Force, not the navy, is more likely to be the future Space Force. As an Air Force vet, it makes sense that flyboys that travel at mach whatever and commanders that are expert in squadron tactics and strategies would become our space military more than the navy's fastest ship that chugs along at 60 nauts.
The book is fast paced, and surprisingly well edited and punctuated (a pet peeve of literate readers), and thoroughly enjoyable.
I just bought the series. When done with them, I'll be checking out this authors' other efforts.
Kudos to a job well done, and thank you!