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This one started off a little bit slow for me as there was a lot of self-reflection and reminiscing of past installments, but it did pick up. Without having a spoiler, and consistent with the other books in the series what I continue to like about it is the character development and some of the “what if” scenes that run through your head if we had that type of technology available today. I think the author did a good job of setting up a new saga with our continuing cast of characters.
I certainly received more than the Kindle purchase price of $2.99 worth of entertainment value out of it; if you enjoyed the other six books of the series I’m fairly confident you will enjoy this one, also.
I would like to see a little more grey areas in the moral fiber of the Confed navy main characters. Maybe a little more Holstein influence on Barron and Atarra. I'm am having a hard time nailing down the exact problems, perhaps after 6 other books of relentless struggle and loss its just starting to feel a bit dreary. Every time they get a new shiny ship (or fleet) its completely shot up within the first couple of chapters. Its also feeling like each new challenge turns into a retread of previous books. The ending for this one gives me a lot of hope for the continuation of this series though. I hope to see some new ideas from a great author!
Initially, I was a bit put off, the idea is excellent - a deep space exploration led by the combat veterans of the victorious Confederation the likes of which the Rim has never mounted. Without throwing in too many spoilers, they get deep into space and find some really nasty Survivors that call themselves The Hegemony.
Jay Allan knows what his audience likes and now we're set to see a lot more of it. However, now that I've finished Black Dawn I must nod my head in appreciation. Some of the plots which seemed cut off or cliche in books 6 and 7 really start to shine as a kind of foreshadowing of the threats to come. The dangers to the Confederation have evolved in a fashion similar to the Honor Harrington universe for those familiar with it. While my initial reaction to The White Fleet was muted it was well written and has everything you would want. The author did not dwell on the First Contact aspects too long, the Fleet was too busy fighting for its life to do so. The ending with Tyler driven to despair, the Fleet fleeing for its existence, and the prospect of a devastating new war are dark... not to mention the Union is still a bitter enemy taking its own actions.
The main characters return, but mostly get minor additional character development. Some of the important "minor" characters receive little to no additional development; for example, the ship's doctor or marine commander, or ships engineer.
I would like to see in future series the following:
1) build the characters of some of the main supporting cast (Shi p s doctor, flight operations officer and romance with top flyer, and develop one or two front people such as a gunner crew on the flag ship. Have the captian or eco, interact with them. Have the captain interact with whole crew or large group in a rout I be way. And have captain interact with a segment of crew that was decimated in battle in a private way.
Bring m ok 're day to day life's interactions
There are several categories of grammatical errors or misplaced word, which impact readability, but not glaring so - but they do effect the read quality
Jay is one of the top story military writers a n d look forward to reading future releases
My top story writer is David Weber.