The scions of a falling house must navigate a world of corporate warfare to maintain their family's status in the moon's vicious political atmosphere.
The moon wants to kill you - whether it's being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air or just getting caught up in a fight between the moon's ruling corporations, the Five Dragons. You must fight for every inch you want to gain in the moon's near-feudal society. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.
As the leader of the moon's newest "dragon", Adriana has wrested control of the moon's helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal Corporation and fought to earn her family's new status. Now, at the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana's five children must defend their mother's empire from her many enemies - and each other.
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Not been a fan of The authors previous works, so this novel was a pleasant surprise. Nice world building, a sprinkling of hi tech and a Godfather like plot (the 5 dragons act like the Mafia at times).
The story rather fizzles out towards the end.
Narration was spoilt by the male narrator mangling the Portuguese names and sound bored as he delivered the text.
"Dynasty on the Moon"
This was like a 1980s soap opera like Dallas or Dynasty, but on the moon. And really I would read any book with that premise. It's kinda crazy no one has done this before. Lots of fun.
Main narrator is adequate. The supporting narrators are quite good.
"Ok narrator, go no-where story"
I *really* loved The Dervish House. That was a compelling and complete story.
This story is about some rich kid that decides to run away from his marriage at the last minute, so this other guy's family decides to obliterate them. Then the book is over.
None of the build up matters. I'm kind of ok with the *extensive* non-English rally names and words. But all it adds up to is an extended instance of Dallas on the moon. Mixed with rich teen angst.
The ending was the most unsatisfactory part. It just ends with no resolution.
Past tense, people. Present tense narrative really doesn't have a place in fiction writing. More on that below.
Otherwise, this seems to desperately try to capture the warring family dynamics of George Martin's work. It's clearly marketed that way. The problem is that Martin gives you time to both love and hate the characters in his books before he starts unfolding the various machinations of its protagonists. Furthermore, the plot is significantly more interesting. Rebellions and civil wars and mythical beasts looming just across a sea or behind a wall are all more interesting than sabotaging mining operations and orchestrating obscure banking schemes.
I read a synopsis of the rest of the book to see if something happened that would make me want to listen to the rest of the book, but no luck. That said, the events of the end of the book did sound more interesting than what I heard in the first half, so I guess there's that.
I'm an optimist, so yes, I think he's probably written something I would enjoy.
I understand that the reader is trying to pronounce names accurately to the cultures involved, but at times the Portuguese pronunciation is distracting to the point of completely disrupting the narrative. The throat clearing pronunciation of Rafa particularly is like fingernails on a chalkboard. The book even makes clear that there's an original, moon based way to pronounce Portuguese. This could have easily been an explanation to play down the Portuguese accents.
The background was kind of interesting. How the moon was colonized and what has happened on earth. It's worth noting that most of this is told in good old fashioned past tense. The narrative isn't afraid to say something with conviction. The rest of the book is in terrible present tense, where everything feels flighty, like the writer is too scared to commit to something actually having happened. This trend is the most terrifying innovation in modern literature, and I sincerely hope it dies a horrible death in the very near future.
This is the first book in a long while that I couldn't finish. The only really interesting thing in this book (from what I got through) was the background. The characters though? I didn't like any of them. I wasn't interested in any of them. The mafia-like machinations of the families involved? I really didn't care. Petty vendettas and desperate ploys for leverage are so uninspired. The random and gratuitous sex scenes? They didn't add anything to the narrative. Really sad and very disappointing considering that I really wanted to like this book.
A long character list recitation was a bad omen. The story was just stupid. The narration boring and droned on and on. I just never could get engaged. This is the first Audible book I am returning.
There's something for everyone, but this one is not for me.
"A good story diluted down by too many words."
2.5/5; 3 stars; C
There were moments of brilliant sci-fi writing in this book. Unfortunately, there were also endless, dragging passages of sometimes boring and sometimes just downright confusing oration. I really don't know what to say. I just about abandoned it at the 20% mark but carried on to the end. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger and I am interested to see what happens. However, I don't know if I can work up the energy or interest to follow through because it feels a bit too much like work.
I think I would have given this book a much higher rating if it was cut down by about 50% and tightened up because the potential for a great story was there.
The cast of narrators did a good job I thought.
"too hard to understand"
it was a good story but it was too hard to understand half the time I did not know what was going on
"4 hours left and I'm deleting it."
I've ready many of McDonalds books, and enjoyed them all, but this one. It's so boring, I just can't take it anymore.
"Not bad, but not amazing either"
It is an interesting take on the future and concepts of things to come. I felt like we were missing part of the story which made it hard to care about the characters or the events that happened.
"McDonald at his best"
The world building and the strangeness of reality were wonderful
The principle character is brilliant, but there is another girl other might warm to.
There is a nice tone to the voice and it didn't distract by trying tool hard to inject difference in the characters. A good reader can do this.
I never do anything in one sitting; not even great books. But I did enjoy the whole of the book.
McDonald has some military SF I don't like, but this is very good sf written well.
great story into the future, can't wait for a sequel! if your into science fiction read this
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