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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Great adventure story for everyone in the family!

We bought this story for a family road trip. The kids did't want to stop and were looking for excuses to drive somewhere.

It is a little long, but never drags. There is plenty of intrigue, new characters, and action. Aside from just being a good story I found the introduction into Hindu mythology to be very interesting. And aside from benefits of a wonderful performance, knowing how to properly (I hope) pronounce the names and titles is an advantage to the audio version.

The kids keep asking for when the next book in the series will be available and I don't mind looking for it.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Three stories in one.

I really liked how the author followed multiple people through the events to provide different perspectives and provide background for people and motivations. The research was top notch.

I don't want to say anything negative or disrespectful about an act that was obviously heroic and took amazing courage. But the book, maybe unintentionally, highlights that there are many acts of amazing courage and bravery in war and the ones that get selected for medals and honors is somewhat random at best and political at worst. Was the act of the "main" event more or less heroic than the man that jumped on a grenade or the men that "simply" remained at the front line when a chance to run or escape presented itself?

Great story. Again, not to take anything away from the medal winner, but I was left with the feeling that anyone in this book could have deservedly be selected for the same medal.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Interesting interplay between classic characters

This was a fun twist on some classic literature. I was worried that it would be cheesy or forced, but it was neither. The connections, back stories, and motivations were slowly developed and progressed in a fun detective story. Excited to see how the next tale reads.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Change in tone from start of series

I read the first book in the series and really liked the setup and unique take on solving mysteries. I skipped forward in the series without realizing after seeing this book on sale.

There are still elements of the original success, the main story was interesting and engaging. There is a lot more time spent on the romance and internal struggles of Maisie. Even the supporting characters have lost their independence and are merely tools to tell her problems.

I liked the start, but don't like the direction it has taken. I won't be returning to the series.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Something missing.

I was very much reminded of another series where many people are struggling with their place in a deadly world with multiple claimants to a major seat of power. The world in unique and interesting; the characters are there; the stage is set...but there is something missing. This may come from the narration, but it seems that most of the story is told as proverbs - short snippets, like stage directions. Not as a fleshed out, detailed, story. The characters are multi-dimensional, but also not filled in. I read one description that the characters seem driven by the events required to get to the end of story instead of some internal motivation that is presented through character development and that really resonated with me.

A+ for the interesting world that blends science, magic, and a non-Eurocentric perspective. Not so high grades on the execution. It would be interesting to see if the next volumes can dive more into the characters.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Good performance; entertaining;nothing too special

Good stuff if you are a fan of the series and Ripley. Good performances and good enough plot. Nothing too special or groundbreaking. Ripley wakes up, Ripley fights, people die, Ripley survives. They get there in interesting ways though.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Great old-school science fiction...not the movie.

Like many others, I was first drawn in through the movie, but this is not like the movie. The movie should probably have a different title. But this was a great story and stands up very well over time. I would never have guessed the original publication date before seeing it.

This is a monologue for most of the story, with the main character practicing some deep introspection and social commentary. But not to the point where it is over done. Good character development and plot movement, there is a good change of pace towards the end.

Highly recommended whether you liked the movie or not.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Wow - what a great time.

I was afraid that Nick's down-to-earth folksy charm would wear thin for a whole book. But no, he delivers. Some Hollywood dish mixed with rustic philosophy from a guy that knows how to spin a yarn. I feel that this is how I would be talking about Mark Twain if I lived at the same time as him.

After reading this book, I feel that sometimes good things do happen to good people.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Big Ship Make Big Boom!

A fun trip through space fighting other space ships.

I think the dramatic elements are a little heavy handed. The twists (and potential twists) are over explained and then explained again later. Nothing is a surprise because of the heavy forshadowing. The characters are a little cliche - the strong honorable man trying to fix a broken system and needs a sassy strong (but not too strong) woman by his side to get things done. Love forbidden by their roles, but nevertheless survives.

The most interesting idea is the alien race - teased in the foreword by the author - but this doesn't really enter the story until almost the end. At this pacing it feels like I would need to read 3 or 4 books to get anywhere with that plot line...and I am just not interested in another one.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Just plain fascinating look at a challenging time.

I think that this is another case of people remembering the good and pushing back on the bad after coming through a challenging period. The romantic story is that everyone was behind the war effort and everyone got along well, sharing in the hardship and victory equally.

Reality is rarely that easy. With some great research and excellent sources from the times, this period is shown to be like any other challenging time in history - full of questions, disagreements, high points, low points, etc. I think this should be encouraging for struggles with modern life and issues. If the good continue to fight, we will make it, and we will look back with admiration and appreciation. Just rememember is rarely is clean and simple.

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