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Fear the Sky (The Fear Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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However, the human characters were not very interesting and with the exception of Alaya, not much was revealed about them. They mainly serve to move the plot along. The alien characters, in the form of alien personalities implanted into the humanoid androids in the advance party were much more interesting, bringing their own political and racial prejudices. Add to that, that they possessed superhuman strength and powers, and it sets the scene for some spectacular fight scenes between individual androids and human military forces. Somehow though, their alieness is kept hidden from the authorities.
I felt there was a little too much detail, for example, many pages explaining how the team modified and tested a deep scanner or modified plating on missiles, was a little too much. Also the invention of a UK type 47 destroyer with ship to space missiles stretches credulity a bit as does the notion that these androids could pass for human under both social and medical interaction.
Nevertheless, a gripping story with some real gory fight scenes if you like that.
Unfortunately, it loses a couple of stars for three reasons. Firstly (and this probably applies only to the Kindle edition) the formatting is poor. Each paragraph is separated from the next by a blank line, with the first line not indented. When reading this tends to make it look like each new paragraph is a break in the narrative and this interrupts the flow.
Secondly, as noted by other reviewers, there really are too many spelling/grammar errors and more than one factual error. Many, perhaps all, of the spelling errors are possible automatic corrections, e.g. "site" instead of "sight", "loosing" instead of "losing", "passed" instead of "past", but regardless of their origin, they really should have been picked up in a single thorough read-through. Factual errors, such as thinking Hammersmith is anywhere near the M5, are equally inexcusable when checking a map is so simple.
Finally, for the narrative, it does get a little bogged down in the details around the middle. Moss has spent a lot of time and effort describing the wheres and the hows of the human defence plans, but I'm not sure we needed the level of detail provided. Much of this narrative, were this to be made as a movie, would end up on the cutting-room floor, if it ever made it to the script.
Overall it's a great first novel, and I'm happy to start the next in the series, hoping that Moss has secured the services of a proof-reader for that volume...
Although it suffers a little from being too explanatory at the start (eg the use of brand names to engage the reader), and some of the world agencies seem to have little or no processes and security in place, it is actually a very enjoyable read.
The timeline the story takes place is around the present and (taking my comments above) relatively believable it could happen. A good narrative keeps the story going and with a few minor twists (but no real cliffhangers) it keeps you coming back for more. Good to see this is the first of a trilogy telling the story as there is lots more to say from Stephen.
Keep up the good work Stephen (and if you want a poof reader for your next works to remove the typos and occasional incorrect words, happy to oblige!)...
Looking forward to the next book but a small warning to the author. The first book stays on the right side of American jingoism (ie it doesnt dominate it) but it could easily turn into an 'all American heroes' save the world in future books. Please could you try to cover how the whole world reacts, whether it unites or tears itself apart (realistically following on from the 1st book the world is more likely to blow itself up long before it has to worry about aliens)
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