Disappointing after the predecessors,
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This review is from: Stalin's Hammer: Rome (Kindle Edition)
After hugely enjoying the Axis of Time series, I was delighted to find that Birmingham had returned to that world for a sequel. Forewarned by some of the luke-warm reviews, my expectations were set accordingly, but even so, it was a little disappointing.
So, plus points - it returns to the AoT world, set 10 years after the events of the last trilogy. The book focuses on two of the characters from the previous series, giving most of the highlight to one who was mostly a secondary character before. And, it's kind of alright - rollicking, high tempo adventure, as you would expect from the previous books.
But... it's short, and because of that, it lacks depth of both plot and characterisation; it doesn't have the multiple ongoing strands of the other, longer, books, and it suffers in comparison.
Overall, it's OK, but it's really half or a third of a book - a couple of hours reading and it's gone, leaving you wanting for more.