From the USA Today best-selling author of Dark Space. A mission to another world could be our only hope....
The year is AD 2790. With space elevators and giant orbital fleets hovering over Earth, open war looks inevitable, and people are anxious to get away. The lines are drawn, with the Confederacy in the East and the First World Alliance in the West. In hopes of finding a refuge from the looming war, the Alliance is sending Captain Alexander de Leon to explore an Earth-type planet, code-named Wonderland, but at the last minute before launch, a Confederate fleet leaves orbit on a trajectory that threatens both the mission and Alliance sovereignty. The resulting power struggle will determine not only the fate of Alexander's mission but the fate of the entire human race.
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This is not military sci-fi
Where do I start? On the plus side, the plot is interesting. On the negative, the author has no feel for the military whatsoever, and this book is mainly about domestic violence, not military sci-fi. Truly absurd dialogue between the primary character, a captain of a starship, and his crew. During the entire book, I spotted only two instances of his orders not being questioned. And the narration was one of the worst I have ever listened to, and I'm a voracious audio book listener. James Cronin's go to "other" voice is completely deadpan without any relevant inflection or feeling. I am truly sorry I wasted my money on this.
I would tell them to run in the other direction, unless they are fans of domestic violence themed literature.
Not in a million years. James Cronin should stick to narrating non-fiction. He has no feel for characters and it is dumbfounding that he was chosen for this book. On the other hand, when you consider that the publisher also chose a military sci-fi cover shot, you get a sense for how lazy this whole production really is.
No amount of editing could make this book readable.
I hate being negative about audiobooks. They are hard to write and challenging to produce on a budget. I have the utmost respect for the authors, narrators and publishers who transport me to other times and other worlds when I press the play button. But this book is a rip-off and an insult for people who spend their hard earned money on this type of entertainment.
Something feels off
If the blurb is interesting then yes, I don't think I will continue with this series.
The actions that the characters took in the world do not feel realistic in the context of the world, and what we know about the characters. There were times while listening to this audiobook were I went.. wait what? why? not in a good way.
The main character is supposed to be a "Captain" on a spaceship, but it feels like he has no real control over his ship or actions, and just got bounced from situation to situation. It feels like he is following a pre determined course, if that course make sense or not doesn't really matter.
Looks like this is the first time listening to this narrator. He did a good job, but I did not read the book so I am not sure if his portrayal caused the criticisms I have with the book.
A follow up looks like a possibility, but the book stands alone, and most of the plot points are resolved in the book. No cliff-hangers.
If your looking with Military Sci-fi with more family drama, and glossed over space fights with a Captain who doesn't seem particularly tactically minded you this is probably for you. If you like characters that seem consistent, with more tactics, and space stuff then I would pass this book.
- Michael "I Enjoy Science Fiction and Fantasy."