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“First-rate planetary adventure as experienced through viscerally plausible and very human characters. The universe described is well-constructed, shows wear and tear, and feels lived in. Thoroughly enjoyable ride.”see full review » see other reviews »
“The simple fact that I'm slightly depressed that I've completed the book tells me that this was a great read. Part noir, part action-packed war film and space rouge adventure serial —it's got a little of everything. The overall plot is pretty consistent with great power politics and balancing against one another, competing, plotting, and maneuvering. The future is rough and worn enough, filled with tiny tidbits of authenticity to make the reader feel its all entirely plausible.
The characters at times felt a little cheezy to me, at least. But then again, this book is just plain fun, and I think those bits fit nicely into what I'd call a 1930s serial set in space. Enjoy it, don't tear it open.
I picked it up on a whim after I'd heard of an acquaintance reading it, and I'm glad I did. There are copies everywhere, so it must be popular. Its over five hundred pages, which initially worried me because I'm reading a handful of books at the moment. That soon faded as the pages flew by and it became my primary book at the expense of the others. The chapters are short, which is always one of my first concerns when reading. Even with limited time, I burned through this book in a few days, and by the conclusion I didn't want to put it down and I didn't want it to end. I needed a nice reprieve from all the non-fiction I've been reading and this definitely fit the bill. Without a doubt, I'll be reading the rest of the trilogy. ”
“3.5”Tommi I wrote this review Sunday, March 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great space opera. Definitely looking forward to the rest in this series.”Mike H wrote this review Tuesday, March 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I cannot express enough how much I loved this book. I rated it the best read of 2012. Check out my blog
“This is epic, "hard" Science Fiction as it ought to be: reflecting upon the current state of mankind without rendering the story a cheap allegory; aiming to be as realistic as possible in its depiction of futuristic technology without leaving out the capacity for wonder; establishing both a thrilling plot and a set of relatable characters, generating an organic whole that is both plot- and character-driven.
I won't write too many words on the actual story, as any attempt at highlighting my favourite parts would inevitably delve deep into spoiler territory. Read it: chances are you won't be disappointed. I certainly was not.”
“Solid pre star-drive Sci-fi with a bit of Noir and Horror thrown in. Sense of Adventure: 4, Sense of Wonder 3, Feels real 5. I really enjoy space sci-fi that all takes place in the solar system and this one did not disappoint.”Skiznot wrote this review Monday, February 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“very cool. better than expected”Mike Taliercio wrote this review Wednesday, December 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Space opera meets detective story. Hitting some traditional SF memes a bit hard but still very engaging. Well written dialogue and parts were laugh-out-loud funny.”Jack R wrote this review Tuesday, December 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very enjoyable narrative sci-fi. Great story, interesting characters and a lot of attention given to the science of the future. All-in-all, I can understand why this book showed up on so many "Best of 2011" lists. I'm planning to read the next in the series when it comes out.”Nesredna Divad wrote this review Thursday, December 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good fun space opera that - fairly successfully - walks the tightrope between human and inhuman scale. The plot is not hugely original (heroic loners fighting to save humanity in the shadow of a larger conflict), and the characters are, to an extent, caricatures of loner drunk cop, square jawed hero, superengineer etc.
Add to this the same kind of alien menace I first read about in Trillions (Nicholas Fisk) when I was still in short trews and it all starts to sound like a collection of cliche.
...and yet, I enjoyed this. The writing is good and relatively tight, with well imagined action sequences and an (almost) complete adherence to the laws of physics as we know them. The politics of intersolar conflict are painted in broad strokes, providing enough backdrop to the action and nicely setting the scene for a sequel - which I will be buying!”