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Once I start a series I usually stick through to the end. Worse than a long, drawn out series is wondering and not knowing whether things will get better. Generally I'll go along with a weak but promising first or second book in a series in hopes of the author and the story developing further.
Unfortunately Star Carrier series never developed. Each book was basically the same formula. Very light on the development of characters, very details on the individual shots of a battle but weak on the overall strategy and progress. Terribly detailed and repetitive in technical descriptions of planets, atmospheres and right or left hand sugars - most of which made zero difference to the story but was repeated often enough to believe something was coming up.
Unfortunately nothing ever came up.
I love sci-fi. I love a good space story especially. If another book comes out in this series I will buy it but my expectations will be quite low.
In the same category of military sci-fi give The Lost Fleet by John G. Henry a try. It's still not the drama of Orson Scott Card or the willd rides of Larry Niven but it is good listening. Something on the fantasy side (I do not believe fantasy and sci-fi are one in the same) you need to give Jim Butcher's Dresden Files a shot. An excellent series!
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I found that the story was let down by the authors penchant for summarising every few pages a distraction. It was way over the top.
The constant rehashing for the same information time after time to remind us of where,what and how was afoot. What had happened before, why things were, what they were and so ad infinitum, realy got up my proverbial nose.
I've worked out that if I added all the summary aspects that the series entailed so far, one book could be made from just that. Instead of five books in the series so far, it would be four.
I felt cheated by the authors almost dogged adherence to this style of writing, and often heard myself saying "come on you've already mentioned that, get on with it". Each time this lecture mode started I groaned.
Apart from the above however the actual meat of the story was well told with the action and story arcs well laid out.
I for one will be glad when this series is over, as it is now beginning to bore me, and I will have to stick it out just to know / find out what happens to finally wrap it up, that can't come quick enough.