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I never liked the appellation, "Rig gers!" and now cringe every time I hear it. I would have preferred the author stick with Marine's "Ooh Rah!". The same with Admiral/Captain "Millie", I see her more of an Admiral Paine than a Millie, much like the Final Fantasy X-2 character. Oh, well.
Captain "Mitch" Williams continues to waft male pheromones like freshly baked bread with every new female he encounters seemingly wanting to bed him. Jealous much? Well, Yeah! While this genre is classified as SciFi, that part of the story is clearly touching lightly on the Fantasy genre.
I was please to find that most of the Riggers survived the final battle in Book 1 but was dismayed when they were mostly turned into cannon fodder in Book 2. Also, most of Christine's role, between fighting to stay alive, was struggling with internal conflict about who she was and flipping between needing to save Mitch or kill him. It jumped the shark when Mitch was severely stabbed multiple times in the gut yet was able to recover by an unhealthy amount of meds and some tight stomach bandages.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This story /series has a lot of concepts and tech we are familiar with from so many other places like Star Trek, Star Force, Undying Mercenaries, Terminator, Empire's Corps; in fact I thought there was a connection to Nuttal's Empire's Corps at first since I thought I heard "Avalon." But no.
The back- (and front-) stabbing crew thrown together in the first book has worked itself out well before this installment, so some of the complaints I had there are no longer viable. There is good character development, and the original overabundant shake-my-head carnal scenes are absent in this book. This is about plot.
There's a lot that's familiar here. It's well-written and has its own differences from the others in the genre. There is mystery in wondering who is cloned/remade and who is really dead. There is excitement and danger. The time travel aspect ("past futures") is the most fascinating and unique to this series. If you like this genre, you should like this series too. It's a good one.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
After Mitch's terrible lifestyle being thrown on it's backside, this was a great character driven story... I was so glad at the end of the last book that some of the Riggers survived, a little worried they might well have been Tetron, but still so glad. I really liked Millie and Mitch's growing relationship and think that it ending so soon would have killed him as a person even more. The fact that he grows to like her more and more really keeps me interested in them, as well as all the other big stuff in here.
Of course, Christine Arappo is a brilliant character too. She's so resiliant, and has been there on earth for so so long. It was great to be in her head as a Tetron. Of course the back and forth about wanting to save Mitch and kill him was a little weird at first, but then I understood, and I really felt for her towards the end.
There was one scene which creeped me out, and I think it might for most, the transport ship to get them to the city, the fact they have to kill innocent and naked people. total psychological warfare at it's worst, but it was a great story moment from the writers perspective, to see that the Tetron had become so sick that they would actually do that.
Of course, Jeffery Kafer's performance was awesome. I keep listening to see if there's something he flubs... but nope. I can't fault it (at the moment) haha. I think two of the sayings are sticking in my head now... Slow, steady... and of course the Rigger's shout out! I wanted to shout out with them.
(I am actually almost through book 4 at the moment) just writing these out before I forget anything) and because I managed to lock myself out my blog, so I might have to use TSK's to post from now on, or I might have to start just a reviewer one. Sigh.
Anyway, on to the third :)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A good continuation of the series. characters are developing with every chapter. Still a little cheesy in places. overall a good space opera.