- File Size: 815 KB
- Print Length: 157 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: STORYWORKS DBM (June 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L1F9BPI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Storm Ring (Zero Point Light Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Storm ring has some interesting story lines and characters and overall it was a decent read. I did however have problems that kept it from being rated even higher. The ship landed on a planet that they knew nothing about, but very quickly they met people much like themselves, ie. same language, and suddenly they had a common enemy. The problem I had was in character development. I could never remember who were the aliens and who were residents of the planet. I never really got to know any of the characters and in one case, Marnie seemed to come out of nowhere. She was never introduced and sometimes seemed to be one of the aliens by what was said, but in going back and rereading, I’m sure she was the girl who was sitting in one of the rooms, so obviously she was a resident.
Decent story that could have been much better.
I have two issues with the novel:
1) the 'stilling' and some of the other anomalies don't seem to be plausible and are not explained scientifically.
2) the novel ends with the survivors left hanging in limbo.
Well, Storm Ring certainly is a rollercoaster of a SciFi ride. From beginning to end, the world of Nebura is full of unexpected, unsuspected surprises. The further I read into this book, the more Carter seemed to pull back the veil revealing more and more intrigue and excitement.
As you can read in the synopsis, six space travelers end up marooned on Nebura. They promptly find that the world is sick with some kind of stilling that affects both the people and the world itself. To make matters worse, there is something of a crazy man with delusion of grandeur (I always want to use that line, but you really need just the right place.). While fleeing from said delusional man, they find that this world has far more mystery to offer than just the stilling. Without offer too much spoiler, I’m just going to throw out the phrase, “advanced, ancient civilization.”
For me, the beginning of this book almost started too quickly. I wasn’t looking for a prolonged prologue or anything, but I found myself lost a good amount at the start. I would have liked to see a bit more background. Some of the characters actions and interactions felt scripted and unnatural.
About half way through, Carter really seemed to find his writing stride, though. Some of the “big reveal” moments in the last half of this book are really cool. I was on a trajectory to only give this book a 6 or 6.5 out of 10, but the pure “cool factor” toward the end was a nice redemption. I’m excited to read the second book in this series and see how some of the factors discussed toward the end are fleshed out. It’s one of those books that ends with you wanting to flip the page for the next chapter, not a cliffhanger, exactly, just a need to know.
The last few chapters were better than the first and the images the writing conjured up is what brought this book from a two star to a three star.