Top positive review
Good book and a long one.
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2020
We get our money's worth here. My Kindle claimed about 20 reading hours which is much longer than the four to five reading hours in books I typically read.
The story is set on another planet, one colonized by nations from Earth. The new colonies have brought their Earthly problems with them, most specifically the problem of Islam. I say Islam and not militant Islam because, as President Erdogan of Turkey has said, 'There is no militant Isalm, only Islam." A modifier before the word Islam suggests that some people misinterpret the teaching of the Holy Books of Islam which causes them to do things like mass murder. Kratman does not make that mistake.
He imagines his new Earth as a social replica of late 20th century Earth. It is easy for the reader to follow the various nations on the colonial planet. As here, the people on New Earth have a big problem with followers of Mohammad murdering large numbers of Infidels and Apostates, just like here. He creates battle scenes that are about as good as we have in contemporary literature.
His take on the ruling class of Earth would make for an interesting sociology paper. Imagine the elite of the planet not just accumulating vast personal wealth (Hillary has a net worth of $200 million. How?) but also benefit from life extension medical advances not granted to the general public. They control that tech, granting long life to those who kowtow to them. That alone gives them vast power.
Many (most? all?) of the events and battles are copy and past from events on the real Earth in the first decade of the new century. From Faluja to the Twin Towers we see the actual events that the fictional events are based on.
I feel that I got my money's worth with this book. It has important lessons for us.+
This is not pleasant reading for International Komsmopolitans.