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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I'm an avid reader, writer, and government employee with a degree in Veterinary science (go figure). I write Science Fiction but occasionally dabble in Fantasy, and have been known to explore Mainstream now and again.
on Sep. 08, 2013 :
Not as stellar as the first one. I was somewhat annoyed by how much of the book's plot was contingent on whining about the events that happened in the first book. Blah.
But! Once you get past that there's an interesting story here, so I will be continuing on to read the third book in the series.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on Dec. 24, 2012 :
Just as good as book 1 of the series. Great value for the price (the whole series costs less than most ebooks). I agree with other comments on a bit too much repetition, but not irritating enough to take a star off.
I read the entire series one after the other.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on Aug. 23, 2012 :
Bit too much repetition of character thought processes in this one--it filled a lot of book space--but still a good theme for a friendship story. Alex Marcase, who is an experienced space explorer and captain, dithered too much with decision making--a drawback of lingering too long on repetitive thought processes when writing male POV--and perhaps "patting" Evan was a poor choice of action description, leading some readers (see earlier reviews) to think the story was getting bromancy. But then, if you can get past this novel to story three, you get the feeling Alex was being a big baby just to wake Evan the heck up. I still could have done with less repetition of thought processes. I read this one for the plot arc so I could continue on with the story. Again, the premise behind the friendship is excellent. Small spoiler for those worried about it: this series is not a bromance as of book four. Keep reading.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on May 17, 2012 :
I found this book to be great. Kept my interest right from the beginning. And, unlike the two reviews i've read that take issue with the bromance, well, i think they missed something here and are letting there own prejudices get in the way . The book and the story is just perfect. I'm reading "Tools of Extinction" now and love it as well. Lots of surprises in these books.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on March 11, 2012 :
I enjoyed this installment as much as the first. Although I have felt a female keeper would have been a way to open up the story to a bit of romance instead of the heavy bromance going on (but thats neither here nor there) - I agree with the other reviewer that the bromance is slightly unrealistic in the sense that its very verbal and touchy feely in parts. In the same way two women might behave towards eachother if in a close friendship. I take it, that the author being female is doing the best she can to aproximate male behaviouristics, but falling a little short at times. Nevertheless I enjoyed the book and I dont think the slightly unrealistic relationship actually detracted from the enjoyment of reading it. I would give 5 stars if keeper was female, but since he is male behaving like a female (sorry) Im giving it 4 stars.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on July 31, 2011 :
I liked the first book in the series very much, but, book number two is a different story (no pun intended). Miss Williams seemed like a different author this time around. The book started well, and I had great hopes, but (there's that word again), it started to 'drag on' towards the middle and ending, giving the impression that She was having trouble filling pages.
Her saving quality is that she is an excellent writer. The format, spelling, grammar, etc. is very well done, but this attempt left me slightly disappointed. I have given her five stars in the past.
Also, I cringed a couple of times as the relationship between the lead characters started (in my mind) getting a little too close ... a little too feminine for my liking. I believe it was unintentional on the author's part and might have been the result of HER perspective. Anyway, I like my male leads with no doubt as to their manhood.
Having been pleased with this authors past works, I will try book three in the series. I have given four stars here, but it could read anywhere from three and a half to four and a half.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)