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on Oct. 17, 2011 :
Mr. Luke does it again. Like his last book "Kindred Spirits" the author makes every character both believable and likeable, or engenders hate and love in equal measures. The balance of good and bad, love and hate, is tempered by the amazing dialog between the main character and his son.
The story is a mix of hard science fiction and fantasy, but leaning towards the science side. There is plenty of action, lots of thought provoking dialog, and twists that are unexpected but seem obvious after the fact. Mr. Luke manages to keep several balls in the air at once, and he does so without ever confusing the reader unintentionally.
I have one very small complaint; it is the author's obvious interest in marshal arts. His fight scenes are good, but maybe a bit too complex to keep the reader's interest all the way through. Trying to visualize the twists and turns, and many maneuvers is sometimes difficult.
None the less, Mr. Luke's skills as a writer and story teller are growing fast. I am anxiously awaiting his next novel, which I hope he will have the confidence to charge a fee to read, as I would be perfectly willing, even anxious, to pay!
(review of free book)