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After reading some of the spotty reviews about the previous Area 51 books, I was hesitant to purchase this. But I was in a mood for some military scifi. Whereas this is in no way a John Ringo style military sci-fi book, it is a fun read. I listened to it in "one go". It is a bit slow in the beginning (delivering all of the necessary setup and background), but I found it fun throughout and especially loved all of the 70's pop references (e.g., Warren Zevon and M*A*S*H inspire 2 of the sobriquets of the team members.) In that vein, I liken this to an "A-Team" romp with aliens (or "fireflies" the entities making it through the rifts) and better guns (and an actual plot.) The book isn't as cheesy, but it had some amusing dialogue and one-liners and was just fun. Despite the female team commander (Moms) and the female teenager local asset (Scout), the book didn't have any romance thrown in -- which is refreshing! Besides, how creepy would it have been for romance to blossom between a fellow team member and one with the moniker "Moms"? And sure, Scout was a little too good to be true, but hey, they are fighting alien entities, so suspension of disbelief is in order. So, I just had fun with the character, which is unusual for me (I generally HATE the teenage/child "add-on" characters.)
The narrator differentiated the players well and did equally well with female and male characters, giving personality to them. And, continuing with the 70's theme, his voice reminded me a bit of Lee Majors at times (but in a good way, reminiscent of "6 Million Dollar Man" and not of his recent hearing aid commercials.)
I recommend this to anyone wanting a light military sci-fi read.
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I'd never willingly be harsh or callous about a book, not publicly anyway, but I really did not like this one. It was not what I expected, which in this case is not a positive point. While it was clear there was some knowledge or research on a lot of the military and weapons information, the writing is not up to snuff.
I'm usually always skeptical about a book when I first start, don't know why, but I almost always come to like it in the end. This would be the first book with Audible I genuinely disliked. The writing was just not good. Early on 'American' was referred to as a language...it isn't. We speak English, despite how bastardized and butchered.
The main character who might as well have been wallpaper? Awful. Why did every other character have more personality and narrative, however lackluster, than the main character? Among all of them it was 'Scout' who stole the show. Which is a shame, because I hate her...so much. I mean I'm not averse to cheesy sort of "we're one big happy family" sort of garbage -okay maybe I am just a little bit- but come on...
The story is vague at best, never clearly explained and yet I found myself uninterested. I guess it was creative? I guess...but that's if i'm really grasping. Suffice to say it had some potential but really just provided uhh, I don't know what it provided. Nothing satisfactory.
Near the end it was clear the author was getting lazy, completely skipping segments and covering his tracks by having the characters discuss what had just happened.The ending was anti-climatic to say the absolute least and practically an afterthought. The entirety of the plot was wrapped up in the last 20 minutes.
I'm hesitant to say I hated it but then I think about it and have to accept. I hated it. I surely hope this is not meant to be a series.
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