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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't know why this book was ever published!, 11 Mar 2009
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This review is from: The Dragons' Nine Sons (Celestial Empire) (Paperback)
Unfortunately you can't award zero stars for a book. It started off with a different view compared to the ususal USA conquering space and instead goes with Toltec and Chineese cultures. Then it gets formulaic with characters you can't care about and plot set ups you can see coming for over fifty pages.

We need blood to make the ship go, so guess what will happen next? A supply of blood is given, lost, the ship breaks down and has to be rebooted with blood, so who will donate?

We go to blow up an asteroid, guess what some of our people are being held prisoner there, so should be rescue them?

In the final shootout that is 100 pages too long in coming and dealt with too quickly you can see who will die nobly and who will escape.

The start of the book is overwritten, the end underwritten and the whole is considerably less than the parts. A waste of time and money for anyone over 12. Twenty years ago this wouldn't have been published, and the US SF market seems to be following the TV and film studios with always repeating a 'winning' formula.

I doubt that we will ever see a 21st century Simak, Clarke or Dick ever being published unless they turn out a few books that follow a standard formula. Second hand book shops will probably see a great demand for 20 year old SF if the quality of new work doesn't improve.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid, 30 Mar 2008
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This review is from: The Dragon's Nine Sons (Paperback)
The Dirty Dozen translated into SF and done by the numbers. By the time the miscreant band were packed on their space ship and off on their suicide mission, and we then started one-by-one working through their back stories I just wanted it over. And then I realised I didn't actually have to read it - I could just throw it in the bin - and I did. Avoid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars hopefully this authors last title, 3 Sep 2008
This review is from: The Dragon's Nine Sons (Paperback)
You start reading with optimism - looks like classic space opera with plenty of techy stuff. After 65 pages its still grinding through intro, by page 200 you are bored and feel insulted - does the author really thing you are so stupid to not recognise the plot has been lifted from elsewhere?

Characters are 'dirty dozen' (complete with flashbacks explaining their background) without the charisma of lee van-cleef etc. Mixed with the 'destoy the death star' plot from star wars. The author must have liked watching 'apocalypto' cos theres some aztec stuff as well.

On the cover Michael Moorcock descibes the writer as 'talented' !?!believe me - this guy is unoriginal, a dull writer, and displays a lack of understanding of the most basic of physics (or martial arts).

Instead - Get 'Downbelow station' by C.J. Cherryh. Much, much better.
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