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on June 16, 2013 :
The Unlikely Defenders is an alien invasion novel weaving together disparate stories of, well, some unlikely saviours of the planet, when a race of aliens attempt to take over the earth to colonize it as their own.
While this book made a valiant effort of trying to tie in all the stories of each character, some fell off the rails entirely, while others felt unneeded and unwarranted.
The major problem with this book was the characterization. The author attempted to introduce us to and then bring together a lot of characters. Way too many characters in fact. It was about the quarter of the way through the book until Hamworth was actually done introducing us to each character, and by that point, I had forgotten 75% of their names. A lot more can be done with a lot less. Because of the massive amount of characters in this story, there was no opportunity for me to learn to empathize or dislike any particular one. I never felt invested in any one story.
(full review here: http://populuxe.ca/blog/?p=258)
(reviewed long after purchase)