We call them the scum. They came from deep space. Creatures of claws and endless malice, they ravage the world.
As the war flares, as cities crumble, Private Marco Emery and his platoon blast into space. They won one battle on Earth. Their next battle must be fought in the darkness.
The scum will not rest until the last human is dead. Marco and his friends must defeat them. They must win. Or Earth will fall.
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No. His writing style is banal and excessively grim; to the point it loses all impact. Things are so utterly terrible all the time that no calamity that befalls the protagonists really has any significance.
All narrative is delivered in exactly the same sombre manner; as though he's laying out a cold, hard truth that the characters have to come to terms with. Even the mundane stuff is uttered with such gravity that it robs the story of any sense of character or pace. Dialogue is also very weak; voiced in such a way to routinely eradicate the sense of urgency. Jeffrey Kafer's superb diction does not carry well for an extended duration and he's a very poor voice actor.
Sheer boredom. I wasn't so much compelled to get to the next section as I just wanted it to be over; all the while hoping it was going to get better but knowing it never would.
Daniel Arenson's writing style in this book is marred by a propensity for self-indulgent and overly-dramatic prose that could best be described as little more than gratuitous lists of synonyms to express a single sentiment. It's an inefficient technique that gets old fast.
- Mr. T. Norman