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Production line novel, little more than narrative adventure
on 8 September 2014
First of all, at time of writing amazon had this title incorrectly numbered, as it is book two in the trilogy. Beyond that, it's missable. Bear switches from third to first person for no evident reason, and a fairly routine kind of adventure set within his Eon universe is padded out enormously with far too much description and waffly dialogue. A new writer trying to get a book like this published would be turned down for all these reasons, but it seems when youre already in print, and fairly renowned, padding out a short idea to make a huge novel is where the money is. I found this quite an effort to finish and had to start skimming, it just got so uninteresting. There is no new science as it was all covered in the first volume, and the only thing of interest is a unique biome found on a planet along the way. This book typifies trilogies, you feel you need to read all the books because the first was halfway interesting, but ultimately it disappoints.