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What did you like best about Erebus? What did you like least?
First, the positive. I greatly enjoyed the direction of the story and how it will come to play in the third book in this series. The story added good background and detail to help flesh out this particular universe.
Now, the negative. I'm not typically a fan of a series that begins with one set of characters, which are then replaced in the sequel by an entirely different set of characters with a plotline that seems unrelated until near the end of the sequel. After finishing Erebus I can appreciate why this book was written in this manner (see the positive), but I must admit that I had to resist putting the story down on numerous occasions. It didn’t help that the narrator changed between Endeavour (Book 1 – Michael Kramer narrating) and Erebus (Book 2 – Shaun Grindell narrating) and in my view, Shaun Grindell simply didn’t deliver. Not that he is not a good narrator, but that Michael Kramer operates in an entirely different league.
Would you be willing to try another one of Shaun Grindell’s performances?
Only if he narrates that entire series.
Did Erebus inspire you to do anything?
It did! I built my own anti-matter torch and I'm currently accelerating towards C while writing this review from the future.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
It's a good read, but quite different from the 1st novel in the series... W/ relatively few exceptions this can be read as a solo novel and you won't miss much by not having read the predecessor... The exception being the ending where this novel ties in w/ the previous... The story is a good one, if a bit slow in the beginning... Once it gets going it moves well w/ some deft plotting and action... In essence this is a mystery/crime work w/ SF flavoring... The characters are not integral to enjoymen... Which is good since there is only one or two of significance, and those two are intriguing... Trent is the main character pretty throughout, and this book could have easily been called Trent's Tale... The other, less interwoven, character is Xander Frane, the bad guy, or is he?? Won't spoil, but it's a tricky question... The science is well considered, and the police procedural style to the mystery and its investigation is top notch... Great climax, and an entirely unexpected ending setting up what looks to be a fantastic 3rd book... The narration is good, if a bit uninspired... Should have stuck w/ Michael Kramer from the 1st book... Overall a very satisfying read w/ tantalizing speculation... Even the seeming opacity works well in hooking you into the story arc... Worth the credit...
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
this is a fantastic book. I need the next one if there is to be one. this and endeavor are a story that should be kept alive. this is as good if not better then 2001 by Arthur C Clark. get them both and listen.... enjoy.....have your mind blown by the epic level of sorry telling:-)