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on Sep. 12, 2013 :
I'm struggling to understand why this book has been rated so low. It is good, old fashioned space opera fun with humour, adventure and action. This isn't hard scifi where the author needs to explain the science behind everything - this is more Firefly, Andromeda style science fiction. You know the type... fun!
I read this is one sitting, stopping only for coffee. It was great. The dialogue is smooth, the prose well crafted and the overall technical writing pretty damn good.
I've seen reviews complaining about the FTL drive. Considering that this technology isn't even invented yet - I find the fact that people are questioning the plausibility a bit of a laugh. This is a fiction novel, set in space. It's not exactly realistic is it? Just let go and enjoy the ride.
The three main characters were strong, and multi-faceted, I found them to be layered and easy to relate to. In fact, I think most readers would find something of themselves in them and that's a great thing.
If you let go and just enjoy this - you won't be disappointed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 18, 2013 :
Severely lacking plausibility. I was unable to finish this story. The main problems were.
US centric story complete with all anglo characters.
A FTL ship that worked perfectly the first time.
A civilian ship and crew seemingly far more capable than the military.
A crew being selected for a first contact situation without a diplomatic presence onboard.
These problems, and several others, were present in just the first 3 chapters.
Overall, a waste of time and money.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)