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For profit only?,
This review is from: Into The Looking Glass (Hardcover)
I reviewed this book for Amazon US not realising it wouldn't appear here as well. Someone has to say this, it is a thoroughly bad book for a number of reasons. Firstly, it preaches right-wing politics -much too preachy. Although of course this may appeal to some. Secondly it's really badly written, the characters are not even cardboard cutouts, the hero is good at everything except what his self-confessed redneck background suggests he should be - shooting. We spend numerous pages in what is quite a short book exploring characters who just disappear, so the plot limps along. If you want right wing science fiction try Heinlein, at least he knew how to keep a story going. Thirdly, although he has a reputation for getting the military stuff right it ain't right here. He completely ignores the US air force for instance -- it simply never appears except to ferry the hero around. Until I hit this site I didn't realise how many books he was actually writing, no wonder his writing has suffered since the Posleen trilogy. Not that it was ever great to begin with but got enough for the genre.
Lastly, the last 50 pages or so of the book get outright racist, one character mentions that Arabs can't fight properly for cultural reasons, you wonder how Mohammed managed to conquer the Middle East. Can do without this.