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on 17 April 2014
Not sure what book the people who gave this 5 stars were reading. It was not well written; there was no character development, the action was predictable, linear and just...off.
I ended up wishing the main characters would all be killed off in the vain hope that newer more interesting ones would be introduced. The battles were like reading a 12 year olds school report on a WW2 battle; an enemy with such a technological advantage would not do the equivalent of a D-day beach landing, sending troops and equipment straight into the teeth of prepared defences. There was no talk of air superiority and earth forces seemed to be able to move troops and resources around at will. The enemy seemed to want the planet intact and so avoids an orbital bombardment, however they don't seem to mind using destructive ground attack methods that blow the snot out of everything. The human characters are all walking cliches and have just 2 ways of talking; normally or, if they are excited, angry, frightened or an arse, they shout. The sequels to this book probably can't be any worse but I won't be finding out. If you are looking for a good military sci-fi I would avoid this an look to Harry Turtledove, Christopher Nuttall or Michael R Hicks who all do this genre better.