- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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StarFire (Vince Lombard Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 2 in Vince Lombard (2 Book Series)
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I really hope to see this author continue in this vein of writing in the future.
Now onto Fey.
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.
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.Read more ›
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed the story the characters and the fact that the military good or bad doesn't change. Would like to read starfire 2. How about it?Published 3 months ago by reader judy c.
For the most part it was an easy read. The story line at times was hard to followPublished 10 months ago by David Gonzales
I have had this book for a while, unread and waiting. Now that it's done, I'm wondering what took so long! It's much more than a military space story. Read morePublished 15 months ago by SpacedMom
Set in the far future, a marine captain proves that the traditions of the USMC are still the gold standard of behavior for marines in combat, whether on the sea or in space. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jerome M. Hall
Outstanding reading, service and communications! Thank you!!Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer Dan
I enjoyed it. I bought the kindle version so I could get the audio at a good price & listened to the story (it was cheaper that way rather than buying directly as audio only from... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Origart
Fast paced and action filled military space opera. A good read and well written.Published 21 months ago by Val K.
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