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Enjoyable - Not Brain Challenging
on 21 October 2015
A book of two halves really. The first half setting the scene and introducing the characters along with the political background the soldiers work within. And whilst it needed to be done in order to set up the series, fact is, it was a bit laboured.
Second half - well around the 60% point - things warmed up and the military juices flowed, making an enjoyable military sci-fi romp. It's not going to be brain challenging and Campbell paints the geo-political scene with brush strokes as obvious as a marker pen on the Mona Lisa. Corporations are evil grubbers (and whilst that has certain truths, there are also shades of grey) whilst the military officers are so bad they would seem to struggle to know how to breath which is somewhat silly. Fact is officers are not morons - at least not all of them - and it could have been dealt with perhaps with more subtly.
Stark is basically 'Black Jack Geary,' in a different role - which works well enough in this genre. You are not going to get a character of great depth but he will kick butt.
Overall a decent enjoyable sci-fi romp with potential to develop.