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''Magnificent writings on the human spirit and what it means to be human.'' --Midwest Book Review, praise for the series --This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.
About the Author
--This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.
- ASIN : B01GUDTTMA
- Publisher : S. H. Jucha; 1st edition (July 1, 2016)
- Publication date : July 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1637 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 346 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0990594009
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,277 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Also, a minor warning to lgbt readers, as far as I can tell, lesbians have only appeared as villains in this series - though they mostly feature in the fourth and sixth books. There's a few characters who might be bisexual but I'm really not sure. Jucha, please give me some lesbians who aren't totally creepy and predatory the way Samara and Lacey are. If you wanted to confirm Deirdre and Svetlana as a couple you'd officially catapult this series into my favorites.
EDIT: I emailed the author about it a while back and he hadn't done this intentionally, and has plans to have more balanced representation in the future. So I'm excited for that!
The Silver Ships have all of the requirements for a good mental ride and emotional attachment. I could detect in the first novel that this was an independent publication, but the story was exciting enough to suck me right in, allowing me to pass over the editing/spelling errors and each successive book has improved in those areas as well as enriching the story.
I am not a reviewer to tell the story in a synopsis that gives away details. You want that, download the sample. I will tel you that Mr. Jucha has an intelligent imagination and engaging story, richly fleshed characters that he makes you care about and science that is understood. Each book in the series takes you further down the path, so to speak, that humans have taken into space and how the unexpected turns and twists of space explorations can splinter and change societies. Each of the five books deals not only with adventure and travels but the differences in five separate human development that becomes alien when the various splinter groups meet.
I felt that book five "Sol", while interesting and a good read, was the weakest of the series. Perhaps it was having to explain, again, certain aspects of the individuals that have been with the storyline since book one, or maybe the author was wanting to write of the new characters and the system of Sol and glossed over the characters from the first four books, or it could have been the fact that we lost the personal insights of familiar characters and did not get them from the newest characters. Whatever it is, there was not the richness of the story, the understanding of the inner thoughts of prominent characters, the advancement of the story. This was a one year side trip for the people of the Silver Ships and now that they have gone home, perhaps we can anticipate a return to the excellent quality of storytelling evident in the first four books. I certainly hope so.
First, for a couple of books now, Alex and Renee (and many others) haven't gotten much character development. They're there, they talk, they act, but they lack depth and moments of personal growth. I'm not even sure if Alex and Renee can still be called main characters in this one; the author focuses on many characters (which I generally like), and these two seem little beyond foils for the author's creative solutions, to move the plot forward.
Second, for the first 93% of the book, no mention is made of Alex and Renee's son. Then, when Renee does mention him, she merely says "I know both of us are anxious to return to Haraken and see our son again," and then they immediately move on to other matters. He's not even named! The child had gotten so little attention in the previous book, too, that I couldn't even remember until that point if they had a boy or girl! I find it impossible to believe that a couple portrayed as caring and selfless would apparently think so infrequently of their child; Alex spends more time reminiscing about Julien! The lack of thought for their child casts doubt on the belated claim that they miss him, and this disturbs me more than a little.
That said, the story's situations and new characters did intrigue me and made this book an interesting read, so if you've already been reading this series, I do encourage you to continue. I look forward to the next book, Espero, and hope that it will make up for these elements missing in Sol.
Top reviews from other countries
It had me gripped from the start to the end and I can't wait for the next book in the series. Well done Scott, First Class Sci-Fi !
This collection of adventures are extraordinarily easy to follow and imagine in your own thoughts, congratulations and may you continue, for many additions to come.