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- Publisher: System 7 Publishing (September 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 14, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NKYJB9Y
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The Tegri want to help Taylor but can't do it overtly or no one will believe Taylor is fighting for the good of humanity. So they tell Taylor why the humans must win and become free agents able to determine their own free will. That information only reinforces Taylor's resolve, but for some strange reason he won't confide in any of his men. The don't understand why he is so driven to win this battle and proceed to Earth.
I think Gen Taylor is an idiot for withholding this info. I guess he thinks he's the only one capable of understanding what's at stake yet his men are dying for him and he won't come clean as to why. they have just as much right to know as Taylor because it's their lives on the line. His men aren't stupid, they can understand the Tegri's message just as well as he. He's causing a lot of internal problems which just aren't necessary.
This is a good book and an excellent story that I want to continue reading but the author needs to lighten up on Taylor. He's just a soldier that happens to be enhanced and visited by the Tegri but he's still just human. Quit trying to make him into some kind of superman/super genius soldier, cause he's not!
The main hero Jake acts like an idiot in too many ways to make it easy to empathize with his struggles. Why does he withhold information from his staff on future challenges from the darkness? Why does this future threat suddenly make the current battle any more important, a must win? He had to avoid a loss any way, as any defeat meant the end of his rebellion and war. Why does he fight so hard to conquer the UN army on Juno when all he really wants is to pass through the planet to a portal to Earth? Many scholars argue if Lee had just bypassed Gettysburg, since the union had such a strong defensive position, the south might have won the civil war. Similarly why does Taylor insist on fighting to take a portal he doesn't want and to destroy an army he could just avoid.
The alien Tegari can't be seen to be directly intervening with troops as this would prejudice earth against Taylor. But they have real time monitors of both sides of the conflict. Would not real time information been very valuable to Taylor? Several times his troops lament that their drones cannot break through enemy lines for valuable surveillance. At a minimum he would not have been surprised by the Black Guard. The Tegari could in many indirect ways provide Taylor with supplies he desperately requires. Leave a fully stocked machine supply depot, create a imitation UN depot with weapons that Taylor could use, Provide technology breakthroughs that would allow Taylor an advantage....Probably they could undo any mind programming done by relatively technologically backward earthlings. They could provide a planet the UN is not aware of for holding prisoners indefinitely, perhaps guarded by the black guard who then would not have to die. There are many additional other ways Tregari could have indirectly assisted. But little is done.
Taylor also take the moral low ground by engaging in torture of a prisoner for information. This hardly seems like a hero's position. Besides a lot of the media now say that information obtained by torture is usually uselessly inaccurate. These are just a few of the errors that detract from empathizing with the rebellion.
But the action is fast and it is a fun mindless read. It is reasonably priced. Just do not think too hard.
Jake is faced with a war to win back the human race and free it from an oppressive government that has used mankind to fight a needless war against an alien race. He leads his battle hardened super soldiers against misinformed human armies to get to Earth to destroy the present political leadership. The aliens have shown him the truth and Jake feels that mankind deserves a chance of having free choice. His goal is to free billions of humans from the lies and tyranny of corrupt politicians who want to stay in power.
I like the story and the battle scenarios and I liked the premise of the storyline. There was just to much remorse expressed by Jake for the wars and battles and for me it focused too much of the story on that topic. It is still worth getting and reading as I liked the book and I will get the next release in the series.
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good guys always win, so the tension is missing.