- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 978 KB
- Print Length: 375 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Mackey Chandler; 1 edition (8 Mar. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004RCLW68
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #337,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mr Chandler writes damn good stories, and this is one, but it really troubles me that his protagonists have a very selective moral compass - they are Right and everyone else is Wrong, and they are totally "justified" to terminate any opposition with extreme prejudice to individuals and entire nations.
In this story, just three people see an opportunity for personal enrichment and kill everyone in their way, both from Earth and from an Alien Nation. And when they arrive on a pristine under-populated world, they immediately start to "develop" it for personal enrichment. And introduce that awful colonial (now so American) paternalistic habit of tipping! (That's civilisation?) The three are financing their venture with platinum and diamonds, which are both common on other planets - so when their venture succeeds they will ruin the traders who are supporting them when the markets inevitably get flooded.
That's OK. Don't let it bother you. This is a book as good as, or better than, books from many household names you've seen clogging the NYT Bestseller list. You know part of the reason why? Because Mac knows you won't buy his book because you saw it on the bestseller list ... the only way he's going to sell his books is by delivering a well-constructed, tightly-written story that holds your interest. And that's what he's done.
I'm not going to talk about details of the story here, because I hate spoilers as much as the next guy. But Mac's characters are well-written and believable, the dialogue is natural; the settings are familiar - and yet shown from an unfamiliar perspective to most readers with no military background. There are no secret super-villains; who needs them, when you can read the daily news and see the writing on the wall?
This isn't about the daily news, though. It's about what happens when two cultures that are unimaginably far apart, yet at the same time startlingly close together, meet and collide. Governments on both sides believe they can completely control what their citizens do and think, with complete impunity. And they both turn out to be wrong.
Want to know more than that? Read the book. Come on, give it a shot. It just may be the best three bucks you ever spent.
When I started the novel I was pleased that it drew me in and kept my attention. I enjoyed the plot and the authors gentle twist on it. He treats the contrasting cultures fairly. The humor he showed he is capable of writing is evident and he has a good grasp of people and creates good characters. I like the universe he's created it will allow him to create some very good follow up stories.
As a self published novel, it was very well done. I highly recommend this book to any lovers of science fiction. It reminded me somewhat of Heinlein in the characters and their attitudes towards government and business.
I will be purchasing and reading Mr. Chandler's other novels.
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