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The poorest volume up to now
on 27 November 2011
I was rather disappointed by Volume 3 of Star Crusades because, in ddition to all of the problems that this serie already has, this volume adds a few of its own. As with the other volumes, it is full of typos, the characters are mostly two-dimensional and caricatures, with the hero (Spartan, if you please!) being of course lean, though and mean, the story-telling is often poor.
The story itself, however, that of insurgencies and civil wars in the colonies of the Confederation, is interesting and could have been fascinating, if better told. One thing missing is more background about the political system, the society (or societies) and the Confederation's history, including the war that happened 60 years before the Star Crusades begin and which if iften mentioned throughout the books without the reader being ever told in any detail what this was all about and what happened.
This volume, however, is WORSE than the others, largely because we get "treated" with our hero (and a couple of others) taking almost single handed (admitedly, our heroes do get some help) an large ennemy space station and industrial facility, complete with factories ofr making Biomechs. You also get treated to our hero's and to Teresa's rather lame sights, as they are separated and our Spartan fights, once again, for his life. All this was rather lame and I almost regretted buying Volume 4 at the same time as this one (fortunatly, volume 4 turned out to be better!).