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Don't do what I did.
on 3 January 2014
Don't buy this.
First, one of the other reviewers is correct when he says that the author knows nothing about science. He obviously doesn't. Sadly, he doesn't seem to know about anything. Here's some highlights from the first 20 pages:
1. He doesn't know anything about scrapyards. (The main character grew up in one. Apparently he thinks cars like a Chevy Bel Air and other rare early American cars would have been there since his characters childhood. It also doesn't seem to sell any of the scrap, but just collect it. Forever. )
2. He doesn't know anything about the Navy. (The main character is a Navy SEAL leader AND the commander of a Naval Warship! And he's super awesome, you guys!)
3. He doesn't know anything about the military. (The main character shoots some really, really bad men from medium range with his sidearm, rather than use the H&K MP5 which is his primary weapon. He gets 5 headshots in a row and saves the day because he's really awesome you guys. His SEAL squad just watches as he doesn't bother to give them any orders to do it, just does it himself.)
4. He doesn't know anything about human psychology. (His super awesome navy SEAL character reacts in a completely blase way to stepping on a bunch of glass while barefoot [see item 1], and meeting an alien.)
Another review compared this to 20s and 30s pulp science fiction. Those old Space Operas had a lot in common with this, but they had some knowledge of the things they wrote about and made some good guesses/extrapolation for their technologies. Your average Perry Rhodan novel is better than this.
It's just really terrible writing and everything else. Don't buy it.