- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2320 KB
- Print Length: 440 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: gp books (19 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007RHLSQY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,086,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Spoiler Alert!! In the end all you get is corporate greed and a god who repeatedly abandons his people.
I wanted Sci-Fi.
Also, with so many characters, it would be easier to keep them straight if only one name is consistently used. In some paragraphs Fred does one thing, Mr. Smith does something else, and the lieutenant does a third thing, but it's all the same person: Lt. Fred Smith. Fortunately I was able to search the book each time I came across a confusing name to find their original introduction and figure out who they were.
Also a bit confusing was the continual use of acronyms. The first time a new acronym is used, it should be defined right there on the spot. As I got done reading I discovered there was a glossary that listed many of the acronyms, though not all of them. If the author really wanted the reader to use the glossary for the acronyms, the very first one should have been footnoted with "go look in the glossary" to let the reader know that there was one available.
The errors of construction and flow could easily have been fixed if he had had a critique group or an editor, but as I said, in spite of the errors it was an excellent story. My only issue with the story itself was that it seemed end too soon. Over half the book is spent in getting us from Earth to M51, but the story ends on M51 without ever returning to Earth.
I must say the introduction of such a powerful character three quarters of the way in was a bit surprising but very well done. I won't say more, so I won't spoil the story for you, but it is an added bonus that is well handled. Look forward to this new character.
I look forward to reading future Paskoff works.
The book moves along quite nicely with lot's of political intrigue, but it's when they get to M51 that the story really took off for me. It morphed smoothly into a thought provoking tale, which will have me thinking and probably influencing my own writing for a long time. On the planet the explorers encounter some twists you'll never see coming that make it even more enjoyable.
That's not to say there aren't some flaws and the characters are the biggest ones. Many of them are tired stereotypes and could have been more interesting. The worst were the ship's commander and the 'protocol officer' appointed by the President of the United States (which of course has hogged the mission) to negotiate with natives if found. The Commander is portrayed as a Captain America, 'Maverick type' who while acting high and mighty makes sure he gets his own way. The protocol officer is a mirror image 'Ugly American' who is overbearing, rude, pretentious, and evil. I kind of doubt even a bad President would have appointed either one of these to lead such an important mission. If these two at least were toned down and their actions more subtle the book would easily garner five stars.
I can't say much about what they find on Eden M51 (over than it lives up to its name) without giving some important plot points away, but I enjoyed it more than enough to overlook the minor flaws.