Unfortunately, while there are a number of good ideas, the first two books in the series are not well plotted and not well written. The dialogue is stilted, and the characters awful. The main character ( the books are written form his viewpoint) is a boorish person, who is just plain weird, as well as being so much more clever than those surrounding. He can always out think the aliens even though he is a barely educated ex-soldier circa 1990s, ex-con and the Aliens have superb technology space travel, weapons, armour, computers, AI etc. .In fact he is just full of himself but seems to drop everything to chase some female interest called Jen , who appears and disappears at odd moments. There is also, for me, a weird xenophobic undercurrent - sure the aliens obviously do notexist but... I just get the impression he isn't writing about aliens when he slides in the "racialist" slurs against the Aliens. The aliens all seem to resemble earth animals, or insects. Particularly unpleasant are the references to Baboons, smelly stupid etc.... Amongst the many issues with the books, are lots ( nearly every other page) references to events in Earth history roughly prior to the 1990s. COmplete pages are wasted in writing endless "and did you know that...". Seems like a little bit of research into Wikipedia, mainly around World War Two, and for good measure a few paragraphs on the Spartans do it for the Author- pity the history is not more accurate, or better yet , left out entirely. It really does grate. Also the main character constantly switches into USA slang when talking to the Aliens( and on occasion even "talks" to the reader" ("My friend, you would ..."). But underneath it all , I have the distinct feeling that I have read some if not all of this before. There are a couple of other authors writing in the same area that look like a possible link. Who was first I do not know, but the similarities exist, including the stilted writing..Still he does kind of tell a good story, so if you are prepared to read a page and turn 20 or 30 to find the next bit, it is a workable 30 minute diversion. At the end of the day, I skimmed the books, just to find out where he was going. I do wonder if he could really get it all together if he had a good editor.
I like Vaughn Heppners books, plenty of pace, easy to read and this series is no exception. Two things that niggle, one, the main protagonist is always a loner and something special, which is fine, if a little bit predictable and two, please, please have a look in a grammar book for the verb to shine. the stars don't shined, they shine or shone, you don't shined a light ins omens eye, you shine or a light is shone. Drives me nuts! I do like the series and its good fun, but please amend the use of the word shine.
Another cracking instalment in the extinction wars, really picks up the pace and leaves plenty of room for further books. With any luck Vaughn will continue with this series. Well worth it and nothing negative about the book, apart from my lack of sleep while I devoured it!