I have to take my hat off to the author for the way in which he whips the reader along. The characters are neatly depicted thumbnails rather than highly detailed portraits, but this works in the hectic environment he has created. People succeed and fail, sometimes for no reason other than they get unlucky, or someone else is just a bit faster than they are. This feels very, very real. I don't know enough about the technology or the geopolitics to question the underlying logic of many of the plot developments, but it's a rollicking ride for sure. As I've commented on earlier books in this series, grammar and spelling get in the way on occasion, but less than in the previous instalments. I… Read more
I love the pacing and engagement of this book, and the characters were entertaining. I did flinch occasionally at the obvious political slant of the author, especially his distaste for certain professions. But the reason this book falls short of a really solid four stars is the lack of effective editing. There is at least one plot inconsistency (the USS John F Kennedy becomes the USS Kitty Hawk in the North Pacific at one point) and there are just too many sentences and paragraphs in which the grammar and structure require rereading a couple of times to understand. There are several passages which a strong editor could have wrought some really helpful improvements, and the random approach… Read more
The basic premise of this book is very good and the research clearly impressive, but the terrible grammar and spelling errors drove me to distraction. The worst flaw for me was the inconsistence use of tenses. One minute it is in the past tense, the next minute the present tense. Possessive apostrophes appear to be an unfathomable mystery for the author. All of these problems would be addressed by an effective and relatively inexpensive proof reading service. The end result would be far more readable, which is a shame because I think this is a good tale, well conceived and well researched.