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Very entertaining! I'm very much hoping the journey continues. This storyline has great potential to go places.
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can't wait for book three, full of intrigue and gives us a view of what life would like if the dark ages plunge into barbàrism like the earth feel into at the gal of Roman civilisation in a fast of great space exploration!
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great story . well read . highly recommended. can't wait for next one . great listen .
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Having read the first in this series of stories by B V Larson entitled
Cruiser, I was in two minds whether to get the second instalment,
Dreadnought. I found the first story quaint and charming in itself but felt
it lacked the hard edge I'd come to enjoy in Larson's other sagas like the
Star Force and undying Mercenaries books. I felt that Battle Cruiser was
better suited to perhaps the slightly younger reader and afforded an
excellent path into the world of accessible science fiction for which Larson
is so good at producing. Although enjoyable, I couldn't say I found the
first in this series particularly satisfying but nonetheless I decided to
see what came next to see if things improved at all.
Dreadnought picks up where Battle Cruiser left off. We have all the familiar
characters plus a diplomatic envoy to which I will come to later. This
second book is also narrated by Eduardo Ballerini which is good from the
consistency standpoint and now he has been established in the first book it
makes sense to continue with him on the second. Don't get me wrong,
Ballerini is an excellent speaker able to deliver flawless, crisp diction
and able to do several voices although without the range of Mark Boyett who
is used for other Larson books. he voices the Sparhawk character just as
clipped and almost staccato in delivery at times which is probably my main
gripe with the way this character is voiced. Now, it might be that the
author has some influence on how he'd like certain characters narrated which
would mean this is how he wanted Sparhawk to sound but I find this somewhat
silly. This, combined with some of the terse dialogue traits Sparhawk has
makes him sound like a private school head master from somewhere around
the1930's. His command style seems rather brash at times which also lends
him the feel of a Flash Gordon type hero which is a little hard to swallow
for a novel written in the 21st century. Again, this may be intentional on
the part of Larson and he may want to endow this character with the rather
quaint and perhaps old fashioned attributes for good reason, I don't know.
It could just be that a lighter type of story was preferred by Larson to
contrast his more usual writing style.
I found Dreadnought to be a story of two halves in a way. I found myself
enjoying the second half of this book more than the first part. The opening
half of the story was of a similar ilk to the previous book but did pick up
in the second part. Either that or I just got used to Sparhawk and company
and went along with the flow with a more open mind, I don't know. I have
found that sometimes a new series can often have a shaky start. I felt
this way about the Star Force series from Larson but by the third book of
that saga I was hooked.
Larson has penned the rather typical diplomatic envoy character that is
usually in conflict with the captain, William Sparhawk and seems to do that
usual thing that diplomats seem to do in science fiction at least where they
are far too trusting of new aliens. Ballerini plays this character well I
have to say.
There was one of those weird plot inconsistencies I noticed which saw the
Battle Cruiser Defiant apparently have some difficulty facing down a half
dozen or so Stroge ships and yet in the previous book prior to the upgrades
put into place since the first book, the Defiant was able to take out
hundreds of enemy ships. Probably just me missing something but a point I
thought worth mentioning.
Also, the Stroge appear to be a combination of Borg and Herrogen from Star
Trek. They use cybernetic implants but also take trophies of human organs
too so I think I can see where Larson has drawn his inspiration from with
Overall Dreadnought is a decent listen which picks up from around half way.
More hardened Larson fans may not like this "softer"series but Larson always
has the ability to weave a good yarn so this is an easy read that will
appeal to a broad audience I think.
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