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Take The Star Road (The Maxwell Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
He never counted on the interstellar trade routes having their own problems, from local wars to plagues of pirates - and the jade in his luggage is hotter than a neutron star. Steve's left a world of troubles behind, only to find a galaxy of them ahead...
-- Sarah A. Hoyt, author of Darkship Thieves (review from the back cover of the paperback edition)
About the Author
- ASIN : B00CS52I32
- Publisher : Fynbos Press (May 12, 2013)
- Publication date : May 12, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2327 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 247 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #87,560 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Pros - Excellent plot and, given the ongoing books in the series, beginning for the story of one Steve Maxwell. I loved the story, and it drew me in. Characters that you truly end up caring about.
Cons - very stilted dialog. This is not as obvious in print, but there's a lot of tell and over-explanation in the dialog. To be fair, it's more noticeable read aloud - the audible book has an excellent narrator - than when read on the page or screen. I will further add, as this is a very early book, his later works such as the outstanding western Brings the Lightning do not suffer from this anywhere near as much.
Verdict: Despite the "cons" I am buying the second one. I've liked the stories I've read enough that I also plan on getting the Laredo series, and am looking forward to the second Ames western.
Finding the plot of the book moved at intermittent speeds, but the details of the universe the author creates doesn't bog down the pace when he takes the time to describe things. It helped to understand the "why's" and "what for's". Related to the speed was the depth of interaction between the characters that grew stronger as the book unfolds. I found myself tearing up occasionally with some of the events that took place unashamedly.
I loved the book, and highly recommend it for a leisurely read. It is entertaining and fun. I'm sure the next book will be equally worth reading.
You will like the operational details Grant constructs in the space-freight business. Steve, the protagonist, tags along during a shuttle flight, asking questions. The pilot tells him that after hypno-study and simulator, requirements are:
'...That qualifies you to attend a full-time small craft school for two months, where you'll earn a license for a single type of small craft, usually cutters."
What about gigs and cargo shuttles?"
Your basic license is for a single type. Your ship will add others as type endorsements on your license over time, first as second pilot and then as P.I.C."
"What's a P.I.C.?"
"Pilot in Command. You need at least five hundred hours as second pilot before you earn that rating in the merchant service...." (p.84)
This sounds so like the F.A.A. pilot regulations; but considering technology and dangers in space, this is eminently practical.
He stays cheerful, despite receiving all the dirty tasks. If anything, the guy has no bad habits. The orphanage raised him right.
This is in same category as Quarter Share .
As I got into the beginning of the tale, I would mentally groan every time the protagonist, Steve Maxwell, would ask a question of someone. I knew that a long, detailed explanation was to follow. Information that was, in my opinion, unnecessary to the story. Maxwell would invariably answer 'I get it'. He gets everything!
The description of 'Operation Sweet Tooth' was heartwarming and well worth the price of admission. The battle with the pirates was well written and a great treat for the reader.
The interaction with the Dragon Tong in the later chapters seemed so out of character for the protagonist that I almost stopped reading because I couldn't quite believe that this straight arrow, boy scout of a character would weave such a pack of lies when he was in such danger and needed the help and protection of the Tong.
I would have rather seen Maxwell gift the ancient jade knife to the Tong and be held in high esteem by them for his entire careen/life, where he could call on them for assistance whenever he needed it. The way it was written, he would have to keep up a charade for a decade or more, all the time hoping that they don't discover his deception.
Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable story. Give it a try.
Your reward is to partake of what is sure to become a classic work of hard science fiction. The author has set a high bar for the rest of his saga. I haven't read them, so I can't tell you if the rest of the saga is as good as the first book. I surely hope that they are, for I'm going to read them. If they are as good as the introductory novel, you will read a series that will, in decades to come, cause the author's name to be spoken when people are discussing examples of the genre.
I'm not going to spoil it for you, but there is one sub-story in this book that, if it doesn't tug at your heart, then I don't want to know you.
Top reviews from other countries
While the writing style isn’t particularly smooth and at times the dialogue clunks, there is nevertheless an engaging charm about this book that meant the obvious flaws in the writing was more than compensated by the conviction and energy Grant displays. The good news is that as this is the first book in the series, the writing should steadily improve.
Steve’s progress is down to his hard working, intelligent approach – though there were a couple of times when I would have liked to see him falter or just majorly mess up. He teetered on the edge of being a male Mary Sue by about two-thirds of the way through the book, but Grant at least rectified that somewhat by the end. However, the chirpy, can-do tone of this book makes it an enjoyable read – and also provides a very readable contrast when things do kick off and get violent.
The action scenes are handled well and this is when Grant’s writing comes into its own. When I finally arrived home last night, I was sufficiently hooked by the story that I stayed up waaay later than I should to discover what would happen next. While this book isn’t without its issues, I enjoyed it and will be looking to read the next one in the series.
The first read takes you into the violent and uncertain world that the main character, and speeds you through one dangerous drama after another...
The second read should be taken more slowly, so that you can savour the level of detail the author has packed into his universe.
Shades of Heinlein and the Darwinian effects of emigration, shades of Firefly with independent characters who rarely bow to those they do not respect.......
Suspend your literary critical faculties and just enjoy! A hero who can't put a foot wrong, wins medals, money, promotion... and gets the girl in the end I've no doubt. Great fun!
Can't wait to read the follow-up.
I really enjoyed the book, I've started the next in the series. I hope Grant's style develops with the characters