Top positive review
Addicting and action-packed novel! A must read for military sci-fi fans!
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2016
Hadn't read any of Nick Webb's books before but boy am I glad I finally gave Constitution a whirl. When the book gets going, its really never lets up. Nick Webb is a fantastic writer, and creates a blistering pace that flows so well. The action is solid, suspenseful and each chapter ends in ways that demand you keep reading. I found myself having to force myself to stop so I could do other things, like sleeping and eating! All in all this is a great, rock 'em sock 'em military sci-fi adventure and great start to the Legacy Fleet trilogy.
There are a few reasons why I couldn't give this book a five-star review:
1.) The Battlestar Galactica similarities are glaring, especially in the beginning. Even down to the titular ship about to be turned into a museum and being the one ship that can repel the Swarm when all newer vessels' tech is compromised. And let's not forget that Abe Haws, the main character's XO is basically Colonel Saul Tigh in everything but wife and name.
2.) A small gripe, but the characters's physical descriptions were almost non-existent. Other than maybe Haws (who I just imagined as a bearded Col. Tigh), I really couldn't tell you want any other character looked like. Again, a personal gripe of mine but I like being able to visualize the characters through the writing and didn't feel I could do that here.
3.) This was a big issue I've noticed in many futuristic sci-fi novels. The story takes place in the 27th century and there is like ZERO diversity among the main characters. Not really realistic at all given how diverse the US and other parts of the world are. We should have seen some Indian or Chinese characters in the main cast since in 2016 both countries combined equate 1/3 of Earth's population.
4.) The threat to Earth was too focused on the US. The Swarm should have felt like a more global threat and not so US focused. Just saying.
5.) The main character at times was stubborn to the point of stupidity in several instances, basically got a get out of jail free card for what should have been a terminal health issue at the end. I'm hoping that will be explained further in the next two books.
Don't get me wrong, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book. Those points just subtracted from what could have been one of the best sci-fi novels I've read this year. Looking forward to reading Warrior!