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What did you love best about Exodus?
Doug Dandridge combines a healthy dose of in-depth technical description with excellent story telling to paint a realistic backdrop for his "Exodus" series. Not having read much of this genre in recent years I was pleasantly surprised with the way this story developed setting the stage for for future novels while still delivering a great deal of action both in space and on the surface. This is not just ship to ship combat. There are plots and sub plots a plenty that make this story and the characters come alive.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I loved the story, but what it is is a book-long "setup". Unlike some books written in volumes, this story does not stand well by itself. By the time Book 2 arrives I may have to listen to this book again to regain the storyline in my head. Unlike J.K. Rowling or Jack Campbell, in which each book was a story in itself, "Empires at War" does not stand alone well.
It is a great book and will probably be a great series. If you read it now, you will have to wait for Book 2. That to me is frustrating.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Difficult to say but it certainly was not for me. I stuck with it to near the end and decided it was total waste to time and a credit. Should have returned it under the superb Audible returns scheme.
What could Doug Dandridge have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Tightened up the plot considerably.
How could the performance have been better?
Monotone voice lacked engagement or excitment.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Exodus?
At least 50%.
Any additional comments?
I really don't like giving poor reviews but on this occasion ...
Quite enjoyable, and the author is clearly a David Weber fan, using several ideas from both The Honorverse and Safehold series. If you know both series, it's quite entertaining spotting them. I enjoyed it enough to want to know what happens next, though the narrator is fairly dire., particularly his 'women's voices, which are more than a bit on the squeaky side.
I loved the premise of this book. Interstellar war between a variety of alien races and all that. The story is too sprawling. There are too many characters to keep track of so that you really don't get to get invested in any of them. It would've been better if the author set things up then told the story from the point of view of one or two major characters.