- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1496191129
- ISBN-13: 978-1496191120
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,514,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first half or so of the book was terrific, if a little rushed. The last half lagged, especially towards the end. It's a standalone piece, which worked for me, and there were some clever clues and cameos by familiar faces from the main Kestrel story arc (a very clever one, I should add. Blink and you'll miss it).
What brought this one a star lower than I would usually give Mr. Fender was the dialogue, specifically the dialogue spoken by our villain, Krador. The things he says in the two or three scenes in which he appears are absurd, almost to the point where I imagined him with a Stanley Whiplash-style moustache for him to twirl. He is hyped up (effectively) for most of the book and looms over the novel like a bleak shadow, and then he and his plans amount to... well, nothing much, really. If this wasn't a standalone book and it was a prequel series about a longer, drawn-out conflict with Krador, I think this could have been more effective, but as it stands, he brings the book down.
It's a shame, because Mr. Fender is a sharp writer whose other works I have enjoyed immensely. I thought the perspective of a spy and not a navy pilot was a neat twist, and the events on the desert world had me hooked. The banter between Angelika and her boyfriend was a little too PG-rated and unbelievable, but romantic banter is hard. There's maybe three or four writers who can do it perfectly. It worked enough to make their relationship feel human.
I'll be buying the next Kestrel Saga entry here soon - looking forward to it.
The characters do not seem to be able to handle emotional attachments except at extremes.