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Formula very tired and can't cover underlying weakness
on 30 June 2014
Another of the series and as others have said probably best appreciated as a stand alone as the formula needs refreshing and the grammar and spelling are awful. You could almost be reading any of them. Reading the whole series is NOT necessary.
Arrive Admiral-Fixit, can do anything, timed just as everyone is about to breath vacum or be blown up. Queue lots of childish disinterest from the powers that be (yeah, right! That disinterested and you'd be dead already!) with attempts to space him for threatening their ego, arrest him for helping and he finally wins them over. Of course ship officers are just drivers and are incompetent and/or tech illiterate (yeah, right again?!?) only a faithful chief somewhere failing to cope at last, who needs rescuing from a terminal crisis, appreciates him. A sudden crisis or change of tack well into the books seek to give book a bit of plot depth but the writing is clumsy and superficial.
The world making is thin to say the least. Characters are 2-D, reactions are predictable (unless frankly unbelievable), personalities are stereotyped and frankly there's not much here to merit buying it. The first one was an interesting premise, so got my 4 stars; the others have since got progressively worse. 2 stars for this is charitable. Even for the young teen market (no F bombs), a poor offering.The tech illiteracy also grates: Beyond the Oort cloud of a solar system is not a place where solar panels or sun side and shade side have any meaning: The science understanding is less than schoolboyish.
The grammar (urgh!) : One moment it's narrated 3rd person past tense, then next sentence (or even later in the same sentence) third person present. It looks like it was done in a hurry and can not have been proof-read (or if so, any notice taken). It makes for a more than slightly schizo read!
Getting more disappointing, but not as bad as the Jethro spin off series (1 star) I've not finished it, I've too much else better to do.
Of the kind, there's alot of good stuff out there: I have to recommend Moon, McCaffrey, Ringo, Weber(Honour), Drake, Lee&Miller (Liaden), Lowell (Clipper), LE Modesitt, GS Paul (Helfort), Scalzi and Bujold (Vorkosigan). They are the pros of the business. This is amateur pap, not thought through, trivial story telling, tossed out in a rush: Keep the day job, this is borderline bad publicity for the whole concept amazon self publishing! Sorry to have wasted my time on a kindle sidetrack!