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Slow and nonsensicle
on 3 July 2015
This book suffers from what should be called `pseudo educated writing'. This is where the author thinks he is being clever but, in reality, is just chucking stuff into the mix, hoping it works.
For the most part it doesn't work and only serves to add to the amount of pages rather than add to the story itself. In fact, it goes to eroding the story, with the nonsensical pseudo tech that is chucked in with abandon.
The author has done little in the way is inventing technology so relies upon tachyon particles to explain almost everything, which it ripped straight from Star Trek.
To any science fiction fan you need a believable amount of technology; here it simply isn't there and as such the wiz bangs are just confusing fizzles.
The other thing is the explanations about the ordnance used. Bullets and torpedoes have the same tedious, drawn out descriptions, all of them similar in nature; a projectile is spat out of the gun / ship then accelerates with little winglets appearing etc etc etc None of this is required but the author has a tiresome penchant for describing this nonsense, slowing down the story even more. The author also has absolutely no idea what he is talking about because wings are useless in space!
And that nonsense about not enough energy to fire the torpedoes was complete garbage when compared to the authors tedious explanation of how they worked! Contradicting yourself with your own made up tech is lazy.
The other aspect are the space fight scenes, of which there is an abundance. The author goes to explain the distances to targets in light seconds. Now, light travels at such a speed that a light second, in terms of distance, is 186, 200 miles. The moon is only 1.2 light seconds away from the earth.
Given these figures the author describes dogfights in space as target being 6 light seconds - 20 light seconds away etc, etc, ad infinitum et nauseum. The problem is that an aircraft the size of a normal fast jet would never be able to distinguish, never mind target, an object of similar size more than three times the distance of the moon away, yet the author chucks this stuff in with absolutely no idea what he is talking about.
Another annoyance is this insistence of adding stuff where there is no point whatsoever. The addition of the original bridge location, for example, is referred to several times then, during the last space battle, is used to transfer staff to. Several pages are used to describe how the second in command was there with some staff, watching the space battle. The second in command has a strange feeling that he just cannot shake.
This is never realised! This feeling is not confirmed, nor proven, nor are the staff in the standby bridge used, at all in the battle.
So why add it?
Oh, yes, because Star Trek has a battle bridge in the Next Generation version of the Enterprise!! That, I suspect, is the only reason.
The ship ran out of ammo because, as the author explains, this is a first mission so therefore wasn't battle ready. Forgive me but earth has absolutely no knowledge of alien races. They do not know anyone exists out there. So why, on an experimental first in the history of mankind space ship, do a space jump with ammo on board? Ridiculous.
It was a chore to read with no character development, just moaning about speeds whilst docking and nonsense about drugging those who you rescue so they are not affected by the "transition", which is ripped from Starship Troopers.
Pure waffle with pseudo science.
If you're going to create science at least make it believable, this was just wrong on so many levels. I won't be reading, nor recommending, the other books in the series and having read the synopses of them I am glad.