on 23 February 2014
...to the quality of the others.
The fact that this review maintains four stars despite being significantly worse than the previous two books does make a mark of the quality of the author.
In my view this book could both use a little more action and a little less presumption - the crew (who, while having some enjoyable quirkiness, don't quite have the lovable nature/humour of before) seem to have the solutions to their problems just appear before them, in measures approaching dei ex machinae.
Despite this, it remains a worthwhile read, and I look forward to the next book, where hopefully Macdonald will return to the previously seen quality.
on 5 March 2014
I have read all the other books in the series and I liked the change in pace. Most other space military books deal with battles and conflict with no reference to the people. This book gives a view on how political views affect the general population, but it also gives the reader a hint as to why this happened.
The book seems to meander from the initial book's premise of bring "irregulars" together and trying to bond them. They can't all be good characters, some must be bad.
Apart from that, a good read and will continue to buy the series.
on 24 June 2014
Certainly this series is not space opera - it's far more centered around the people and situations encountered. My only complaint (and it is very minor) is that all politicians and paparazzi are shown to be little more than parasites (which is probably true but this is a book, not real life). On the whole though, thoroughly looking forward to more in the series.
on 11 April 2014
This is the third book in the Fourth Fleet Irregulars series, and I don't say this lightly when I saw it's even better than the other two books, both of which I rated 5/5.
It's longer than the other two, and visits many more areas in the universe than the other books. I really enjoyed it, and if you've enjoyed the other two books, this is a must buy