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Not Even in the Same League as Cartwright's Cavaliers
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 18, 2020
The book is well written from a grammatical, spelling, and technical point of view. The author is quite talented at writing and had a great editor. This is a very rare combination, especially with digital books. It is this skill and ONLY this skill that pulls this book up to a Two-Star Review.
This book is unenjoyable from the beginning. The main character had a chip on his shoulder for some reason never explained EXCEPT for a small backhanded reference that Humans are still racist despite all the aliens they now know exist. The first book (which is written by a different author) showed the reverence, respect, and fear not just people have but ALL races of the story have for the Four Horsemen. This book never comes near to capturing that feeling. As such, it falls flat and puts everything at odds with what was established in the first book. Both the good and the bad.
Nigel is one of the worst main characters I have ever read and I was actively rooting for his death around Chapter Five and he NEVER redrems himself. In an flimsy attempt for character growth, Nigel would make speeches, plans and had genius combat, tactical, and strategic insights that was borderline clairvoyant. The author stacked the deck against him far beyond the character's capabilities and had him solving problems, issues, and plot holes that he logically couldn't do.
This entire series appears to be written by many different authors and it did not work in this case. If Book Two is this horrible, I can only imagine how bad it gets. Despite Book Three written by the author of Book One, I will not keep reading the series or ever recommend it. I rather stop reading after this one and just write this off as a "good idea fairy" that did nor succeed. Especially when Book Four is written by the same author as Book Two.