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Kraken Mare Kindle Edition
When offered a well-paying job after being unceremoniously drummed out of his beloved Corps on a medical discharge, he jumped at the opportunity for good money and the prospects of a bright future. For the first time in recent memory, John had a chance at life.
Then his life turned into a horror movie.
The secret research station hidden on the moon of Titan was not just any government facility. It harbored dark secrets and frightening realities. The scientists here have not only studied more than just the local fauna, but have discovered something far more important. A discovery which would shock the very foundations of the universe. Something out of a nightmare.
The depths of Kraken Mare hid a horrifying truth, and the unwitting Marine stumbled right into it.
- ASIN : B01CDNK6PU
- Publisher : Severed Press (February 29, 2016)
- Publication date : February 29, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3723 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 208 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,228 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Spoiler free thoughts: It felt like a accurate portrayal of military life. I liked the story setting, the matter of fact depiction of earth like politics to the future. I liked the story build up and the protagonist character interactions. I also loved the easter egg shout out to Larry Correia and Princess Bride buried in the text. If you like graphic descriptions of brutal hand to hand combat, then the authors, Cordova and Smith, are your men. The love interest between the protagonist and his wife was well conceived and well written. Here's a questions I ask when I read books like these: could I run this story as a role-playing session. The answer is 'yes'.
Constructive criticism with spoilers: The second half of the story felt different than the first half. I liked the set up of the characters and the situation at the station. The second half of the novel concluded the story arc satisfactorily, but felt rushed. I was vaguely disappointed with some of the character arcs. For example: Holomisa. Holomisa fight scene was awesome, but the author set Holomisa up to be something more than a melee fighter but that "more than" never materialized for me. I was disappointed. Also, the chief scientist: Marillac. She seemed to be heading for more significant character development but that did not happen either. Felt disappointed again.
Random thoughts: the sequential combats against the boss antagonists started to blur. Some of that could have happened off screen with other characters? The last couple of chapters with the Kraken interaction and "launch detected' felt rushed. The frequent statements of the protagonist of how tired he was and how beat up he was started getting repetitive.
Overall: I enjoyed the story. Felt it could use a little polish. Also, I feel like the authors, Cordova and Smith could have easily gotten two books of material out of the compelling setting and characters they had built.
Overall, I enjoyed how both authors worked together, and I hope to see them write another book soon -- particularly a sequel. (There is a setup there, though it's subtle...wonder if anyone caught that but me.)
Now, let's get down to the nitty-gritty.
The pluses of KRAKEN MARE are all great, mind -- the military action works, and works well; I firmly believed in the alienness of the Krakens; I liked Manning, and rooted for him throughout. It was gripping, intense, and had moments of humor to help balance it all out...I enjoyed all of that.
But man, oh man, the editing...it was not good. And that bothers me, though I didn't want to fault the writers for the poor editing in this particular case. (I've noticed with this particular publisher, they just don't seem to care that much about editing.)
Five stars, recommended highly for readers of military SF and action-adventure.
***Spoilers from this point:
In fact, the entire kraken "storyline" feels incredibly peripheral to the main events, so much so that I'd basically forgotten about it by the finale. The aliens offer an explanation for the experimentation and resulting monsters in the first place, but the ending (where we learn this) also introduces several new concepts which aren't well explained, though they lead to our hero destroying the krakens to also destroy the corruption which led to the monsters. I found this extremely disjointed and irrelevant to literally everything else that had happened. As for the actual monsters, the human convicts shapeshifting into only vaguely recognizable caricatures of themselves was a concept I had hopes for. However the main character conveniently kills most of them off fairly quickly and we really only spend time with one. While the personality of this arch monster is fairly psychotic and chilling, the form he chooses to take is from Nosferatu...a 1922 Max Schreck film that scares no one today. I was unable to take the main monster seriously after he was described in the main character's own words and "looking exactly like Max Schreck."
Overall, this is a fairly typical militarily thriller with gore mixed in. The sci-fi setting comes across as superfluous window dressing that could have been much more interesting had it been the focus of the book.
Top reviews from other countries
Good action, great characters, little intense, hard to put down after the first few building chapters. The ending hurt. It had to be the way it was, no other way to end the book, but it hurt.
Well played, and you've delivered again mate. Thanks.