Dietmar Arthur Wehr began his working life attempting to climb the corporate ladder as a Financial Analyst. Along the way, he realized that he didn't want to work the outrageous hours needed to reach Upper Management. By the time he reached his upper 50's, it was obvious that he needed to change careers. He decided to write the kind of military science fiction that he loved to read. With David Weber's Honor Harrington as his inspiration, he has embarked on a journey to write The Synchronicity War series after paying homage to his favorite dead author, H. Beam Piper by writing 3 1/3rd sequels to a couple of Piper's novels.
"I write because you can never get too much Space Opera."
on July 01, 2015 :
I am new to amateur fiction. Truthfully I have been extremely critical of professional authors so I started this evolution with the goal of keeping an open mind. I really did try to do that with this book since it is the first one I could get past the first page without breaking up in laughter. Why I stuck with it through to the end I'll never know. But I did.
The first thing that struck me was the OBVIOUS lack of research the author did into military concepts even though he was writing a military story. It seemed that every individual was a commander, with one of two admirals thrown in. Regardless of size of ship or responsibility. And then there's the thought that a space going civilization would have nothing but small frigates in their nave. Then there is the total lack of military discipline between an individual and any ranking officer. And then one of the biggest mistakes I have seen at any level was Korolev being referred to as a female in some parts of the novel then as a male in other parts. That's nothing but laziness either with the author or his proof reader. And then these magical flashes into the future to give Shiloh the perfect strategy every time he was in a pinch, how quaint.
There just wasn't a well thought out and cohesive storyline followed through the book. And way too many jumps in the story with one line where 2 or 3 paragraphs were clearly called for.
The ONLY reason I stayed with the story to the end was to find out the reason or source of Shiloh's magical revelations. And the author refused to provide it.
I won't be reading any more stories in this series and not very interested in anything else from this author. I respect the attempt but this was pretty lousy.
(review of free book)