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  • A bit of Honor Harrington in here

    If you can get past the stiffness of the first couple of pages, this is a pretty good space-opera yarn, and I've already bought the next one, so it was good enough to persuade me to invest more dollars and (more importantly) more time. I kept checking to see if this was listed under "Young Adult", but it seemed to grow up in almost-short order... (chew on that...) Y'know, I've been finding two or three solid recommendations a week in my BookBub feed. My profile was set to flag SF, detective/mystery, historical novels. Unfortunately, that sometimes results in historical romances and (by some odd logic), romantic detectivy/mystery novels. Oh well. The descriptions are usually sufficiently revealing that I can weed the breathless-romance ones out, without accidentally shelling out any money. But back to the review... DePrima has a reasonably spare style, without being terse, and he brings out enough of his characters' motivations to make them tick, without making the reader sick... i.e. informative and fits well within the story... not sappy. The only place where Deprima resorts to a sort of "deus ex machina" is having the hero gratuitously endowed with borderline magical physical/physiological gifts, halfway through the story. I suppose he wanted to give her some life experience of hurt and suffering, beforehand, so that she could empathize with mere mortals, once she'd become extra-hard-to-kill, and likely to live a very long time by your standards and mine. Overall, well done, I thought, and I expect to keep buying from the series until he disappoints me.

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  • So much potential, such poor execution

    After 11 years in stasis young ensign, Jenetta Carver, finds she has more leadership skills and ingenuity than she thought possible when she asked to take command of a freighter and has to save the galaxy from callous raiders. The story moves at breakneck speed, with little time for character arcs as the heroine rushes from one crisis to another. At one point I was surprised to find, after an intense action sequence, I was only a third of the way through the book. The protagonist is superficial and unbelievably talented in just about everything she does, but that’s not uncommon in the genre. I love the Space Opera genre; the space pirates, the shoddy science, the barely-out-of-diapers ensigns being better captains than anyone else. The only thing missing was giant robots. At about 67% through I gave in and just enjoyed the absurdity of the story. The book has a charming nativity, reminiscent of the old B-movies and it relishes in that. It knows that its plot and protagonist are preposterous and more than once mocks its own implausibility. - "That yarn you spun at the trial was one of the best stories I've heard since I was a small boy sitting on my grandfather's lap as he read C.S. Forester's epic tales about his fictional seafaring officer, Horatio Hornblower." - "Fictional? I assure the Admiral that every word of my testimony at the court-martial was true." I really wanted to give this book 3 stars, but I can’t. It is terribly written. All the way though I wanted it to be better than it was. It has potential, but never reaches it. Too often the action is interrupted by tedious info dumps. There are superfluous scenes and wasted characters. At times it reads like a first draft where twists happen at a whim, rather than as part of a coherent plot. I’m given to understand later books in this series are better, but I’m not about to subject myself to them. There is better Space Opera out there. From now on I’ll never buy a book without reading a sample first.

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  • Pretty darn good

    Overall, pretty darn good 'space opera'. The characters are believable (if a little 2-dimensional), interesting plot with twists & developments, but the best aspect to me was the 'depth' of the universe & battle scenes - they're very believable & it seems entirely self-consistent & very well thought-out. However I agree with the previous reviewer: the biggest flaw (for me) was the near-perfection of the protagonist - and she seems to go from space-novice to expert far too quickly. But I enjoyed it nonetheless, read it quickly & bought the next installment. Well worth the $4AUD I paid for it.

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  • The work of Thomas DePrima is very good, with a well built environment and thought out political ramifications system. The only downside is that in this book the main character is just too perfect. She doesn't have any negative character flaws that make her truly believable, she has sort of a superhero aura. It's fun to read, and makes for great adventures in the series, but in this initial journey, Jenetta Carver doesn't have any intrinsic flaws she must confront within herself. However it is only the prologue in a grand story, and I found it worth reading. If you liked Honor Harrington, the chances are high that you'll like Jenetta Carver.

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  • A damned good read

    Hornblower has some serious competition with this series. I look forward to seeing what our young Commander gets upto next.

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