- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 536 KB
- Print Length: 274 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Entangled Continua Publishing (25 May 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KKCNUX2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #652,626 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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PHYSIC (PHYSIC: Period 1) Kindle Edition
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1) In the proud tradition of David Weber and others, the author gets into very detailed science (fiction) to the point where multiple pages are taken up each time, really adding fluff with no real value to the story itself. Explain an ability? Sure, no problem. Explain it in overwhelming detail and my attention tends to wander.
2) The characters are disparate which is a good thing. However, one particular character is over the top and so much time is spent in her 'overly loquacious' communications that it is irritating. Sure, you can have irritating persons but they should be irritating to the characters in the book, not to the reader themselves (unless that was the authors intent).
So, again, I like the premise and I think with a bit of more concise writing, it would be a better book. Books should flow like water running down a gradually sloped stream. A bit of volume and a bit of speed to it. This one goes more like molasses flowing up hill on a cold winters day....
I will finish eventually.
That being said, I really enjoyed this book. The author has a degree in biology, and uses that knowledge quite a bit. He breaks down technical biological processes in a way that's easy to understand. And you know that he's giving you accurate scientific fact.
The plot centers around "physics" (not psychics), people with unusual structures in their brains that give them special abilities. The main character, for instance, can transform elements via nuclear fission or fusion -- and that's just one of his many talents. All of the physics were born in the same hospital during the same period. And one part of the story line deals with investigating how they got the unusual brain structures (hint: it wasn't a natural process). Another story line deals with a group of more advanced physics who have an unknown agenda. The main character and his companions work to stymie this group's goals, even though they don't know whether the group is working for good or bad. The story ends on a bit of a cliffhanger with unresolved issues. So I'm expecting a sequel.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite it's unusual style and recommend it for science geeks everywhere.
I found the character of the FBI agent too stereotypical as the hard-nosed anything to break the case and everything needs to be about the case type. The character had no human side and I think the character was not believable. Luckily, he isn't the main character.
I also like words. So there is also a character that is overly loquacious and tends to talk in alliteration and rhyme. Not believable, but I enjoyed the word play. Yes, there are times when she gets annoying, but most of the time I had to put some thought into getting the meaning from the words and I appreciated the work the author put into the dialog.
With all that said... Why 4 stars? I found the story well written. Yes, there are some science and character issues, but looked at from a super-hero point of view, these are more believable characters than Superman and they have great interactions. I wanted to see what happens next and enjoyed the read to the point of sneaking in a chapter or so every chance I could get (my life doesn't allow me to sit down and do long reads much anymore). The author found another vector for the acquisition of powers (no radioactive spiders, or mutations) and I can anticipate a lot of chances for plot twists and conflicts. I look forward to more.