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Dan Abnett has delivered a great story, which once the rounds start flying, bares more similarity to the Gaunt's Ghosts series than Eisenhorn or Ravenor. He has provided a convincing setting for the story, fleshed out with realistic locations and characters. It is great to see Dan writing outside the 40K universe, even though he performs so well within it.
My only complaint would be more to do with the narration then the book itself - the narrator sometimes struggles with pronounciation (insecticide for one), and sometimes uses the wrong 'voice' for a certain character, which can lead to confusion. And while the idea of chipping someone so they can't swear is certainly entertaining, the 'freak-R' sound on the recording does start to grate after a while.
I would love to see this universe expanded; warring corporations on far flung frontier worlds is a great setting. Bring on the sequel!
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So I'm a bit off a Sic-Fi fan, and love Dan Abnett work so I was never not going to like this. However I was just blown out of the water by this. It's at it's hart a story about gun toting jarheads on a colony planet, not then a new story, but Abnett weaves a clear plot to take the story into new territory, Big business, the press and the government or at lest how they interacted. My only slight grip, the narrator gets Abnetts name wrong.
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A HEARING AND VISION IMPAIRED WAITER WALKED BY
I think I have had that same waiter. Have you ever been in a CONFLIRTATION? Through the first 18 chapters of 33, I was ready to give this five stars. ASK NO WHAT THE F@@@ YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT CAN YOU F@@@ FOR YOUR COUNTRY. The humor was smart, dry and often. The story was interesting. The language maybe a little rough for some, course if it is, you probably didn't buy this book to begin with. The slang is a future slang, you have never heard before, but since Abnett, writes so well, he does not have to explain what things mean, you will automatically know. With out giving anything away, let me say you will never get as embedded as this guy does. I was very impressed.
I DON'T RUN FROM FIGHTS, BUT I DON'T MIND RUNNING FROM STUPID.
Around chapter 19, we get into a slug fest. I have to admit that I have never been a fan of fights, rather it is done with fists, guns or huge tech machines. It is not that I am a tree hugger or anything, I just find them boring and lacking of imagination. If they go on for too long they distract from the plot. This slug fest lasted for pretty much the rest of the book. I went from really enjoying a witty, smart book to bang bang shoot'em up. My mind wondered. Those familiar with Abnett, I believe know him to be an action writer and so will probably love this. This was my first Abnett and I am willing to give him another shot if I find a non-shoot'em up book.
I HAVE THE HORRIBLE FEELING THAT SOMEONE TOLD YOU, THAT YOU WERE CHARMING AND YOU BELIEVED THEM.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
EMBEDDED is an absolute knockout of a book. Abnett is a gifted action narrator. His combat sequences explode into life. His use of metaphor to set a scene painted clear pictures for me, and made things more believable by imprinting modern-day moods and beliefs onto the futuristic setting. Without a doubt, Abnett's future is one of the most logical and believable extensions of our current world I've ever read.
I listened to the audiobook. The narrator read way too fast, but I adjusted to it quickly enough that it didn't ruin the story. The narrator was talented and had a great delivery, but the speed bordered on ruining the experience.
If you're the fancy type to believes it's not real science fiction unless there's a deep message where the author tells you what's wrong with our current society, this book might not be for you. EMBEDDED is a balls-out thriller that paints a realistic future picture without shoving a belief system down your throat.
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