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By Sailfish on 27-05-16
More Misses Than Hits
The Global Warming mid 21st century tipping point was more than just advocacy writing, it was evangelizing. Also, the story's solution to correct AGW was to position mirrors in orbit to reflect sun light back, away from Earth. While it may not take all the tea in China to accomplish this it would certainly take all the sand in the Sahara and then some for mirror construction alone.
The rest of the story progressed smoothly, rather too smoothly for my liking, unfortunately. My primary character, Sgt. Aida, now 2nd Lieutenant (soon to become 1st Lieutenant) is moved to a teacher role and then into a command role in a mechanized team of huge titan-like fighters with Captain Ton reappearing in Aida's traditional role as ground trooper leader. The section where she "becomes one with" the alien six dimensional space simply by walking through was more than a bit over the top. Additionally, while I had preferred the humanizing changes in Aida's character in books 2 and 3 over her rather arrogant persona in book 1, I believe the author has gone too far in the other direction in book 4. This was probably expected with her now in an officer role but, still, I miss the blood and guts Aida from before.
Lastly, this book is mostly a series of space opera battles and, while it does go a long ways to detailing the various alien races in the Alliance, space battles always seems detached from the human experience of inflicting death and trauma on others, somewhat akin to present day air forces dropping bombs on enemy positions.
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By Teresa on 24-09-16
I bought the first title of this series as a daily deal and it has me hooked. Great story arc with a female protagonist that is incredibly...smart, tough, resourceful snd I could go on for quite a while but I'll leave it to you to discover. If you like sci-fi with with well developed characters and a very limited, and I repeat limited, amount of the hackneyed love interest stuff (these people are to busy and professional for that) you will like this. I'm more of a mystery reader and this thing has plenty of mystery, but I'm really enjoying the books. I hope you will too.