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it seems unfair to compare anything to Patrick O'brien's Aubrey Maturin series, but since this is the first book of a sci-fi series inspired by that great collection, that's the high bar it has to approach. the narrator has nothing on the great Patrick Tull, his choice of voice for each character is a little strange, he's an OK narrator compared to Patrick Tull's full on multi cast actor. similarly, the story, while it shows promise, can't hold a candle to O'brien's mastery of character. the difference is night and day. I've probably been a bit harsh, and I will try the next book, but like I said before, if you aim for Master and Commander, then you have to do an amazing job to get even close, and this is no better than alright.
If you enjoy the adventure of The Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian then you will probabibly enjoy this series. It has the character development and excitement of the older series with a twist that it is in space.
On an entirely different note Drake's mix of male and female characters is wonderful and suprising in the usually male dominated space adventure. He has created a suprising duality in the roles played, at times turning convention on its head and at other times presetning characters in a traditional manner. At times I think he fooled the narrator as there are a couple of times the female sergeant has a really deep voice. Drake has done a suprisingly good job at making the sex of the character not a factor in their position or rank. Very well done.
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Fans of the standard Age of Sail novels will quickly recognize the jargon and speech patterns in this and follow on novels. The translation is very clunky at times, appearing forced and artificial, but the characters and story usually make this a minor irritation. However, keep this in mind if expecting the naturally flowing, organic dialogue of the Hammers series, and other works of Drake.
The choice of narrator, however, is problematic. Bevine has a fine speaking voice, and captures meaning and tone well. However, he has a very low energy delivery that is very much at odds with the more energetic, swashbuckling elements of the novel, of which there are many. There are times when the tension and action of a scene are completely undermined by what I would almost describe as a 'bedtime story' voice.
All in all a good story, one that seems to indicate that it will get better as the series matures, and a narrator that perhaps needs to drink a little more coffee before sitting down before the mic.
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