Stephen J Sweeney currently resides in England.
He has created a number of video games over the years, including TANX Squadron, Project: Starfighter, and the Blob Wars series. He has also written a number of indie novels, including the best-selling Battle for the Solar System space opera trilogy.
on June 02, 2016 :
Admirals. Pilots. Big Space Ships. Fighter escorts. Civil war. Imperium. Young pilot, strict father.
Now where have I read this before?
Oh yes, I remember. Hundreds of well written books with, then, new ideas from Heinlein and many others. I am afraid this one is not really a page-turner, no exciting ideas, no witty asides (remember Heinlein's "The Star Beast"?), no intelligent analysis of today's society and projection into the future. Still, the author manages to make a lot of action out of the few ideas (a super fast fighter airplane, horrible soldiers clad in black with red eyes - now where might I have seen *that* picture already?) after the reader has overcome the somewhat wearysome first parts.
No table of contents (there are two capitels only), no extras like some table of persons, ships or star maps.
Two points in my system is "It was free, I had fun reading, but won't spend money to read more".
Remark: In my system, five stars is reserved for the most important SF of world literature, e.g. "1984" from George Orwell, and four stars for those I consider all-time best, for example Michael Crichton or some novels from Larry Niven.
This leaves three stars for most of really good Indie SF, but as everybody else at Smashworts does rate a SF novel at five stars if he liked it, I was detoriating the average rating of Smashwords authors I like best! So I decided to change my previous reviews, one by one, and repost them without the smashwords rating. Watch out for my rating in the review text instead!
(review of free book)
on Oct. 18, 2015 :
I would have given this book more stars but the leftover highlighting was very annoying. I hope it wasn't a ploy to get folks to read the paid second edition the author's preferred edition. I am very leery about purchasing any more books in this series; in case they contain the same annoying highlighting. It made it hard to read certain passages.
(review of free book)