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StarFire (Vince Lombard Book 1) by [Lee, Mike]
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  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Breakwater Harbor Books (November 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A4Q9F60
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One of the best military sci-fi books I've ever read. Great story, plot, characters, and action. Fine details, tech and tactics are explained clearly and effortlessly, without bogging the story down. A story that you can easily visualize everything as it happens, and honestly this would make a great movie. Frankly I'm surprised the author doesn't have a military background given all the detail he gets spot on. Little things like Gmarine dress uniforms, and yes the marines have always made the rest of us look shabby in our dress whatever's, and probably always will in the future. If you like mil sci-fi you will love this book. Buy it, read it, thank me latter..

I really hope to see this author continue in this vein of writing in the future.

Now onto Fey.
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Starfire is a truly superb book, one of the few of the hundreds I've read this year that stands out by itself. Beautifully crafted, very good cadence, great reflection by the main hero, who does not always occupy center stage. Lots of mystery left to ponder, this author does not insult the intelligence of the reader but compliments it - and that is rare. The characters are well developed according to their roles and aren't just mirrors for the main character. The plot is plausible and not drowned in technology while being quite comfortable with it.
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This book was a quick read, not only because it was hard to put down, but also because I skipped some of the text. The plot was good, the characters and storyline well-defined, but the author also spent too much time explaining things that weren't that relevant to the story. The book was well-written for the most part, but there were some plot holes that slightly detracted from my enjoyment. One of the plot-holes was intentionally created and I can understand why, but the author could have adequately explained it away in a few paragraphs spread out through the first half of the book.

The only other nitpick I will mention is the need for final editing. Like too many self-published novels, the author's spell-checker did not catch the misspellings that created other words.

I wasn't wild about the book's conclusion; the author would have been much better off taking the main character in his original direction rather than where he ended up, but that was the author's decision and I can't fault him for it. The reason I am commenting about this is that both the protagonist and the antagonists could have had a long career interacting with each other.

I will say that none of the conflicts were resolved satisfactorily. More thought and detail needed to put into the problems and how they were dealt with.

If this reads like I did not enjoy the novel, you would be incorrect. Starfire was both exciting and enjoyable, but with a bit more thought, it would have also been worthy of 5-stars.
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I'm very happy to add my 4-star review to "StarFire" because it is not your run of the mill military novel.

While there is lots of guns, guts and glory, the plot is more a slow burn around a mystery with the military aspect used as the structure for the mystery to unfold...and for the characters to be revealed.

Told in the first person by Captain Vince Lombard, G-Marine Company Commander, it is a testament to Lee's writing skills that we're not locked into just that point of view. Without dropping out of Lombard's first person dialogue, there is sufficient examination and exploration of the other characters behaviour and motives that you really get into their heads as well.

The plot is pretty straightforward - indeed, the story outline is conveyed in Lee's other novel, "Fey." in just a couple of pages - but make no mistake, this is a character driven novel so the action does not dominate. That's something I like because it means that the action does not have to escalate to outlandish proportions to support a "Hero" character. Instead, we get a reflective, intelligent protagonist making life or death decisions without the gung-ho war cry that can so easily mar a novel about combat.

Lee's Amazon bio does not suggest he's been in the Armed Forces, so he must have done a lot of research because for me the battle scenes were authentic and tense. I especially liked that Lombard recognised the physiological and psychological changes that occurred to him during a 'fight or flight' response. It was another skate away from the Hero character trap, and made Lombard a very human presence rather than some kind of indestructible G-Marine robot.
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By azog on January 28, 2013
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Just heads-up, there are undoubtedly spoilers in my review. I try to be generic and vague as possible, but I don't think it's possible to give this a fair review without mentioning specific plot elements which may give things away.

Overall, good military sci-fi, fits in the "space opera" genre fairly well. The action sequences are good, and even the court-room drama was fun and fast paced. I liked the way the author shifted his points-of-view in the first half of the book (the after action deposition, vs. the action scenes).

Like much space opera, character development usually seems secondary to action. I never really felt emotionally connected with any of the characters. Most of the characters are typical cardboard cutouts, a number of "red shirts" filling out the cast. Even the main character, Vince, feels a bit disconnected, and even though Vince himself expressed his grief over losses, that emotion did not come thru.

The ending left a bit to be desired, as it left a huge number of unanswered questions hanging in the air, without really indicating whether or not we would ever get to the bottom of the StarFire mystery. I did read some of the authors comments to previous reviews, so I knew this was not the end of things. But I feel that the promise of continuity could have been better presented during the conclusion, or in an epilogue.

The above paragraph, alongside with the editing errors, left me to rate this as 4-stars, but that does not indicate I did not enjoy this book. Rather, I purchased the second volume (Fey) immediately upon finishing this book (and am actually at 66% into that book as I write this particular review).
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