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And I adored the propeller action there at the end. Wicked! Although I kind of wished that the British contingent had painted at least one of their newly-fitted vessels a bright and shining yellow.
I do hope this is the first in a series, I would enjoy reading more in this particular set up.
This is the 4th of Scott's books that I have read and of the 4 it is my least favorite. That doesn't mean it is bad, it is just that I like the others better.
I do like how Scott has taken past historical myth's (little gray men, alien abduction, etc.) and mixed them together with real historical\political trends to create a realistic (well for SciFi) near future scenario. That gives the book a fairly “real” feel about it.
And there is a very creative solution to creating a fleet of spaceships not 10 years in the future, kudos for that.
However, I found this book a little more predictable than Scott's other books as to character actions and the direction the action took. I suppose this is inevitable because there is so much SciFi out there that plot lines and scenes really have to borrow off of what has become before. What is it they say, “There is nothing is new under the Sun.” That's not quite true here but there were many times I got a sense of deja vu.
Unfortunately one of the characters that got included had a very utopian, head in the sand attitude, and while I know these people exist (I deal with some everyday) all I want to do in a SciFi book/show when these people show up (and they do in almost every one) is shove them out the nearest airlock. So I secretly spent the whole book hoping they'd get knocked off. Is it not PC of me to hope one of the 'good guys' gets killed?
Now before you decide you don't want to read the book let tell you the good parts.
It flows well with the action nicely paced. There are characters you can get attached to and hope they do well. I even feel for one of the alien races, they sort of fit the 'good bad guy' character that populated any number of westerns. Scott made it easy to see their point of view.
The book is easy to pickup from where you left off if you don't finish it in a single sitting. But it is a easy read in 2-4 evenings. There are no really strange leaps of logic in the solutions and the ending is one in which nobody really wins. Which is how life really goes.
All in all, it is a good light read and I'd recommend it to you.
I just like some of Scott's other books better. But then, not everything Shakespeare wrote was top of the grade either.
I liked and identified with several of the characters. It was also well paced and showed remarkable congruency with the near future (as I imagine it will be). The book varied from first contact through . . . It also was a departure from the grind of first contact books - there was much more to this one. Think of Weber at his best without Weber's wordiness and redundancy.