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and there was some occasional verbal imagery that I found added some (I hate to say it for a book billed as an ...
on November 14, 2014
An Engrossing Read/Listen
This review isn't to rehash the plot, but more to give my take on the book itself. The synopsis of the book should be enough for that!
The novel revolved around a group of characters, and from chapter to chapter the story was told from the view point of various characters. The main character would be USAF pilot Jake, to his fellow pilot and girlfriend Sandra, certain chapters from the leader of the alien invasion, and others. The main plot of the story was primarily from Jake and Sandra's viewpoint, with other characters filling in some of the larger scope parts of the story.
I found the writing style very engaging, and there was some occasional verbal imagery that I found added some (I hate to say it for a book billed as an sci-fi action book) lyrical moments to the story.
I also found the story quite "realistic". It wasn't like say Independence Day where, although enjoyable, I don't think even the most jaded fan of that film found the ending and victory very plausible. This story didn't give me any of those "Oh you have got to be kidding me" moments.
I also appreciate the story was contained. A lot of authors of books with this type of catastrophic invasion scope don't seem to be ever able to make a story and contain it in a single book, or end it on a cliffhanger, or just leave a single novel feeling incomplete. Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against those sort of series or trilogies (eg some of John Rongo's) but I do prefer to listen to them when they have finished the trilogy or series. I am not not much of one to read a part of a story and then a year or two later read the next part of it. This story is complete, although I did feel like I would be keen to find out what would happen next to earth and the characters introduced. Or just what the author would write next.
I found this audiobook captivating from start to finish. I was listening to it while painting my lounge room, and it made the task pass unnoticed. Mike Ortega did a fantastic job with all voices. The novel cut from character to character each chapter, but I didn't find myself getting at all lost with the frequent POV changes, as I often do with audiobooks. I never had to restart a chapter as I found I'd missed something. Part of this is the writers style I think, making sure you are aware properly at each change, that you are established who is in focus (something authors should keep in mind when writing, as on paper is it easier to track than audio), but also the narrator adds a lot to this, giving each character a distinct feel.
After finishing this I went to check if there were other books by this author I could get, and saw there was also Sector 64: Coup de Main. The reviews on Goodreads were oddly negative, but the Amazon reviews of it seemed positive. I don't quite get the great disparity. At any rate, Sector 64: Ambush is an expanded novel version of the Sector 64: Coup de Main novella, so this means you are better off sticking with this revised work. But to all the negative Goodreads reviewers of the novella, please don't write off this book based on your experience with the novella. And to the overwhelming positive reviewers of the novella, you'll love this expanded version. As to the disparity.... ?????
In summary, highly recommended. I am eagerly awaiting more books by the author. Whether they are set in the same world/characters as this one, or new standalone novels.