Reclamation (Book One of the Art of War Trilogy)

Rated 3.60/5 based on 5 reviews
Espionage, intelligence, warfare, politics, religion, diplomacy, genocide... the Reclamation has begun. More

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About Richard Swan

Richard is a commercial litigator by trade, and lives and works in London.

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About the Series: The Art of War Trilogy
Reclamation, The Ascendancy War, Empire of the Fallen

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resonant reviewed on Feb. 24, 2018

Difficult to understand at first - the author plunges you into the plot without explaining who the characters are, what the setting is, or even what acronyms mean until later. Oddly, this made it more enjoyable to read, as it felt like little prizes as things became clearer.
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Zane Bradshaw reviewed on Oct. 23, 2016
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The tale was good. the writing was above average, for somebody still gaining experience.
I found no problems with the wording.
Was most satisfied till the end.

The biggest disappointment was the glaring impossibility of a villain smuggling in assassination gear in the last part of the book. As if government security wouldn't be executing random sweeps and molecular level searches for anybody in close proximity to an interstellar president... Jeez. And as if anybody wouldn't be seeking to pull down/compete/blab/dob in the same villain for not performing well in her earlier career as some form of subversion. And how implanted tech is circumnavigated in the murder. Like the victim has time to verbally react but computers operating at picosecond levels can't.... And implanted communication tech still has to explain how radiation doen't affect the host. And if its some form of quantam/FTL comms, then jamming it also is a big ask.
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Austin12345 reviewed on Nov. 24, 2015

Sorry but this is just plain bad. I made it to 15 per cent and that was three times more than I should have read.
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Wgpuckett reviewed on June 21, 2015

One of the pitfalls amateur writers get into is getting far too complex and using words that are impossible to understand. This book was impossible to read. The plot jumps around with no common theme and with wreck less abandon. I am an It specialist with an advanced degree and found myself having to stop and look up the meaning of words, in which it turned out the context of the use of these words was extremely suspect.

This author has fallen into a very common problem of amateur sci-fi writers, instead of concentrating on telling a story about the future he wants to impress me with big words and complex plot. I read fiction because I enjoy a good story. I read sci-fi because I like a good story about the future. But the ability to write a good story comes first. Mr Swan has a long way to go. M
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olddiver reviewed on May 28, 2015

Interesting read. Lots to keep up with given the difficult names. Enjoyed it immensly. Can't wait for book 2 and 3 . Aaron S.
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odp666 reviewed on May 12, 2015

This was one of the best books that I have had the pleasure to read. Mr Swan this is up there with the some of the greatest sci fi writers ever. Keep up the awesome work. I can't wait for your next project.I couldn't put it down. Eric M
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