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What disappointed you about Mercury's Bane?
FIRST, as an author myself I have maybe given 3 bad reviews ever. Generally I can find good in any book within the genre's I enjoy. Other than the outstanding narration, among the best to be honest, there is nothing redeeming about this book except as an example for other authors. This book was so bad that I had to force my way through it for the lessons in bad universe and storyline development it taught me. The story was so full of plot holes, dropped story lines, bad science...on and on and on and on....I simply cannot spell it out....Other than the narration it simply has no redeeming qualities. It actually made me angry to listen to this book. I found it horrifying that a professional writer allowed this to be sold to their customers/fans.What really gets me is that Nick Webb is a seasoned author in this genre. It is like he did not write this book. I have read and listened to all his other offerings and while they are not always a thesis on space flight tech and military culture they are generally enjoyable and I look forward to them. This book would not even make a good first attempt by a novice author with limited editing skills. In fact I cannot imagine an editor anywhere who would allow this anywhere near publication.
Would you ever listen to anything by Nick Webb again?
I don't know. I have his other books and have generally enjoyed them for what they are. However, I will think long and hard before giving him another chance after this.
Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have heard him on other Nick Webb books. He is always great and should be narrating far more prominent books. He is able to smoothly move between characterizations which many narrators struggle with. He can also pronounce words correctly. Something I am noticing an increasing problem concerning other narrators.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The Narrator is fantastic. He is the ONLY good thing about this book.
Any additional comments?
DO not waste a credit on this book. It is a creat example of how badly books going straight to press without professional editorial oversight can go horribly wrong. Even for an experienced author. I find it highly unlikely Nick Webb did not know this book was really bad and so full of holes it would make only good sandwich cheese.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The author leaves out key details and his characters are superficial and childlike. Many holes in the story and things that just don't make sense. For instance, just when it is needed, a character produces his own fleet that is better and possibly bigger than the whole human fleet (the size is another ambiguous detail).
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