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Comments about the series Books 1-6
on 15 October 2002
These are good, enjoyable books, but no way are they worth five stars.
The concept is ingenious, and carried off well enough to avoid the possibility that it could all become too preposterous. But the writing is sloppy and, more importantly, the continuity errors are awful. It seems as if Lee's comment about "it is good war is so terrible..." comes up twice in every book, basically whenever Keane is looking out over his troops.
Even more annoying, you might notice that in book 2 there are two characters - Hamilcar, and Baca (sp?), both of whom are Carthaginians. They don't meet in the book, but both ultimately end up escaping to/being rescued by the Yankees. Come book 3, the Carthaginian representative/envoy to the Republic is one Hamilcar Baca. The two characters appear to have merged into one. It's basically as if Forstchen didn't bother to read back over his old novels before writing the next in the series.
Still, despite the flaws they are a good fun and not too challenging read, and enjoyable. Worth buying but don't expect a classic.