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Vitalis Kindle Edition
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Part 1 (the free volume) has a detailed well-written plot, and was sufficient to tempt me into buying the "Omnibus", however the story that it narrates is only a way of getting the characters to the planet where the rest of Book 1 takes place and is not required for the main plot. Part 2 opens with a new set of characters, but fails to explain the relationships between them all, leaving the reader to guess. Part 3 has another new set of characters, but with a very similar plot to Part 2. Part 4, ditto. It is only once the reader arrives at the last part that the story really progresses, but even then it only reaches the point of setting the stage for the next book. At no point does the story ever indicate a positive outcome for humanity on the planet of Vitalis.
The book suffers with typos which should have been picked up by the publisher; for example: "The creature let loose a roar Jeremy suspected he'd be hearing in his right before he woke up in a cold sweat for the next several weeks." "He saw no sign of pursuit, but the waste high grasses would have hidden the passage of smaller predators." "Like most animals in the wild their young had to grow up fast or be culled from the heard." Rosh and Crystal each put in a single appearance when other, existing, characters would have been more appropriate.
For a £1-£2 book these faults could have been overlooked and I might have bought the second book in the hope of finding a positive outcome, or at least learning where the story was going. But at the price that is being charged I expect a professionally produced book, as the publisher's web site promises. Yes it is half the price of "Red Mars", but it is much less than half the story.
and at a great price.
you get the first seven books in the series all for the price of one
so if you are a fan of some of his other books then why not give this a go?
it's a great sci-fi read from one of the hardest working part time writers out there
Personally, I'm not a fan of short stories and, given the seven Omnibus parts read more like chapters in one continuous story, this edition is a much better format than its predecessors. It allows you to immerse yourself in the plot, becoming one with the characters as they traverse the universe and learn to survive on the newly founded planet `Vitalis'.
Vitalis is outside the core worlds humans have settled and `terraformed'. It's outside the rim systems by light years. It's alive and teaming with life and, at first glance, bears similarities with how planet Earth may have looked in its heyday. However, Vitalis guards its own secrets, and once you're `in', there's no knowing whether there's an `out'.
Author Jason Halstead is particularly creative in his descriptions of fantastical creatures, places and problems, and he isn't afraid to spice things up with a little sex talk thrown in...after all, life as we know it may have moved on (in the year 2222), but mans' carnal needs still need to be satisfied!
Lose yourself in a world where nothing is as it seems! Highly recommended for adventure/fantasy fans or, indeed, anyone who likes to `lose themselves' temporarily in another world.
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