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A book too far...,
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This review is from: Betrayer of Worlds (Fleet of Worlds) (Mass Market Paperback)
The 'Known Space' universe of Larry Niven is quite excellent.
The 'Fleet of Worlds' series by Niven and Lerner is also very good, but this final book in the series which leads up to the classic 'Ringworld' is, a book too far in the series and does not mesh very well with the future (Ringworld)
The creation of fictional alien species is very difficult and successful attempts are rare, other than humans that look slightly different. Larry Niven did very well with the Puppeteer species a long time ago with their herd instincts and constant fear and paranoia. Niven & Lerner did an outstanding job with the underwater group minds of the Gw'oth in earlier novels.
In this one, instead of being alien, they both behave as if they were humans. The authors have destroyed their previous outstanding work in this sloppy novel.
There are also serious editing errors in Ch.40 (Significant chunks of text repeated, slightly changed).
Sorry (from an admirer) but this is NOT up to standard.