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There's some silly stuff in here
on 2 December 2008
While it's an interesting tale, the final volume is just a bit of a let down. Everything, and I mean everything, gets tidily resolved. There are some silly bits in here too. You have people on the planet looking at shells being fired by space ships. You have the pilot of a space ship able to spot people on the planet. And then there's the scale of the worlds where these things live. You might think a gas giant planet would support more creatures than the earth as it is so much bigger, and the sun would support even more creatures as it is so much bigger than the gas giant planet - but this does not figure in the story at all.
And then there's the human chairman who seems able to run the entire Earth federation single handed with only the aid of a deputy. The person in charge of the Earth Defense Force is off commanding a space fleet. Really? Who's running the military while he's away then? You have to suspend your belief in the real world quite a bit with this tale. It's interesting but not a masterpiece.