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A pretty second rate SciFi story
on 17 July 2014
I didn't think much of this story. If I'd paid for the paperback I'd be really upset.
The narrative is slow, the plot unrealistic and the characterisation is weak. Clearly, the author has some statement to make concerning the possibility of a fascist take-over of the USA. My only comment to that is, "Too Late, mate".
Having done a lot of flying in my earlier life it was clear to me that the author had no real idea of the realities of learning to fly or of aircraft and space-craft operations.And as the book is filled with the minutiae of loadings, schedules, trajectories etc, it's galling that most of it is twaddle and that the author hadn't bothered to check up the facts. he even says that the Lockheed C5A Galaxy is made by Boeing. Errrr, the clue is in the name.
The later books are the same. The author talks about the "Dark Side of the Moon", writes of the far side being in permanent darkness and moonwalkers watching earth-rise. None of which is correct or possible.
I'm getting worked up now, so I'll stop