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This review is from: The Eternity Artifact (Hardcover)
I think there are several major issues with this book. For starters, the first person style is fine when the is a single character and the action follows their experiences. Here, an attempt has been made to marry the first person style with the multi character viewpoint of third person. I think this approach is clunky and often confusing. I also found it frustrating to read about the same events repeatedly from only very slightly different viewpoints.
Modesitt also repeats dialogue constantly and describes the same items constantly. I lost count of the number of times I was treated to the truly gripping description of the 'blue skin-tights and grey vest and shorts of the DSS'.
Finally... the character of Liam Fitzhugh has incredibly awkward dialogue. This is deliberate... it's supposed to be an idiosyncrasy... but it's just stupid.
Oh and the space battles are spectacularly uninteresting.