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Starts slowly,

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Then gets slower. When the author gets into his stride, he makes it even slower.

Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-19

Don't be misled like I was by the NY Times bestseller rating. Could not finish.

Long, tedious, naive politics.

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

There is a good story in here, but it is so deeply buried in irrelevant dialogue espousing the authors resentment against Americans and the English that it gets lost. Despite the immense amount of information, again mostly revealed in tedious dialogue between the main characters, they remain two dimensional and act stereotypically. I ploughed on through this out of morbid curiosity to see if it would get better. Predictably, it didn't. The narrators difficulty with English accents didn't help, they were execrable, and I don't understand why Emma, a New Yorker, was given the same accent as those from Colorado. Disappointed with this as I was looking forward to listening to this and the sequel, but I have suffered enough already.

Not short of action.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-18

Plenty of action both in space and on the ground. A great military action story.

Great story, well told.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-18

The author is either a geologist or has done a lot of research for this book. Characters were well developed and I didn't spot any plot holes. Narration was well done and brought the story to life.
I nearly didn't buy this because I read the 1 and 2 star reviews. These were written by morons who wouldn't know a good book if one fell on them. Sci fi horror isn't my usual genre but I'm going to look up what else Scott Sigler has written and get those books too.

US Naval Warship in Space

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-17

This us a good story, particularly if you are fond of US Naval ships. For me, there was a bit too much technical detail of what was basically a 21st (or 20th) century US warship and crew inside a space ship wrapper and with some slightly advanced weaponry. It had the feel of a cyber punk construct. That said, the storyline was good and an it had an imaginative enemy.
I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.

Great story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-17

This really is a great story which develops well in the second book. Can't wait for the next book in the series!

Quite Exceptional

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-17

A brilliant story well told. A bit of a slow start, but in my experience most good stories are like that, some scene setting is essential. In general, I don't take to American narrators but this was narrated to perfection with the delivery matching the character perfectly.
Going to get the sequel right now.

Great story, well told.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-04-17

Really enjoyed this story, which followed on well from Cuckoo's Calling. Great narration from Robert Glenister too. Don't think I'll bother with the third book, Career of Evil though, it sounds like it is gratuitously gory.

Dull and Plodding

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-16

I can't find anything good to say about this. I'm a great Reynolds fan and have read or listened to all of his other work, so I listened to this in a state of disbelief. To continue Clarke's story with a 50 year old view of what technology might be like on the future is puzzling, as it fails to take into account the technology that we take for granted now. OK, this may be an alternative reality, but it is an extraordinarily tedious one.
I know that Peter Kenny is not everyone's cup of tea, but I am quite a fan of his - normally. But on this occasion his breathless delivery is reminiscent of Nicholas Parsons much parodied introduction to Just A Minute. (Apologies to non-British readers who won't have any idea of who Nicholas Parsons is.)
I am very disappointed with this book, it fails on every level: 2 dimensional characters, sleep inducing pace, poor delivery and a tired plot development that makes it impossible to suspend disbelief.
The only reason I gave this 2 stars rather than 1 is because of my respect for Clarke, Reynolds and Kenny.

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