R A Peters
on Dec. 18, 2013 :
I purchased this story on Amazon.
On the surface, the central hero character, SFC Grant Justice, is just as much a gung-ho, space cowboy as that awesome name suggests. However, the author does a pretty good job bringing him back down to earth through oscillating bouts of overconfidence and self-pity. Creating a bad-ass hero is easy. Building one regular people can realistically identify with is a harder task.
The essence of Mr. Hawk’s story is fairly unique and intentionally funny. A time traveling soldier from the “barbaric times” is awoken by a “socially deviant” scientist over 600 years later. Against all odds, the author is able to pass this off as plausible. At least to us non-biologists. From there, our self-loathing John Wayne forces a sheepish world into a high-stakes battle against wild injuns… I mean aliens.
This is where the story becomes overly formulaic. There were several big twists that just lack the impact because they were a bit too predictable. Still, that’s an ancient complaint for most stories. The only real weakness of this tale is the length. Mr. Hawk wraps up the story arc and all just fine, but you’re still left unsatisfied. Belly not quite full and aching for seconds. Of course, isn’t that a hallmark of a good author?
Well-polished novel. Especially for an Indie. The author mentions his second edition being “professionally edited.” I think it’s safe to say he got his money’s worth and so will the reader.
(review of free book)
on Jan. 30, 2011 :
I just finished 'Peace Warrior", By Steven Hawk....
and I am thoroughly pleased!
Such a great book!
I am left with the feeling of "I can't wait for a sequel!"
I do not recall the last time a book has left me feeling that way.
This is my first actual book review ever.
So please bare with me.
I have been putting it off for about a week, Just because I was unsure how to go about this..
But I'll just type.. and hope it's ok.
This is the first work of fiction I have read in quite a few years...
and I think it's safe to say I will be reading more!
Steven Hawk has a true talent for writing!
It is written in a fashion that had me feeling like I was actyually watching it on a movie screen..
Every scene, action, environment.. I could "see" clearly
Peace Warrior is the first work of fiction I have picked up in years, and I am very happy this is the book I decided to read!
I couldn't agree more with Isabela Morales's review!
This is a fantastic book!, and a book that has left me wanting more!
I was almost saddened that I was on the last page, and could read no further into the lives of these amazing characters!
This book is written in such a way, that one can simply visualize all the plots, surroundings, environments, as if they were watching it on a movie screen.
Many books fail to do this,
but Peace Warrior is not one of them.
I can still picture all the scenes in my head, as if I had just watched a film,.... a great film!
I thought many times while reading it..
"Man, this would make an amazing movie!"
Peace Warrior is one of the books that you just want to keep reading until it's to the end..
even if you have other things to do...
You just want to keep reading! lol
You could really tell that the author had some real, actual experiences in some of the things written about in this book.
Such as combat, hand to hand , and other..
You could tell that it was written by someone with actual experience..
rather than by someone with no experience, who is trying to make it still sound good, and real.
Steven Hawk also brings up some really good things to think about in this book..
Some really deep, meaningful thoughts.. in regards to society, peace, love, war....
and I have been pondering these things since I finished the book..
If you read it.. (you should) you'll see what I mean.
I feel I have written too much here..
but also not enough.. in some way..
So I will stop it here, and hope that my *first* book review is sufficient enough to make my feelings about this book known.
Apologies for such a "newbie" review..
But I'll just end with saying that, I love this book!
and will read it again!
Many Thanks Steven!
Please keep up the writing!
I look forward to more books from you! :)
You are great, man. :)
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)