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Flawed but still interesting... needs to stick to a theme...
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2018
I bought this because I badly wanted to read a first-colony type novel, but this is really more of a military sci-fi novel using a first-colony-settlement for background. Apparently mil-SF is the author's specialty and that is what he writes regardless of the backdrop and setting.
Having said that, it's not bad. Many interesting mysteries are set up to investigate, presumably for later exposition in the subsequent books... just bear in mind that they're primarily approached from a mil-SF perspective more than an exploration/discovery/wonder perspective. And that there's a lot of needlessly mil-spec diversions (like boot camp) that are heavily overdone. Characters are sketched in with broad primary strokes but rarely in any depth.
Oh, and I could have done without the diatribe against religion in the middle, but at least it was brief.
On the whole I'm still debating whether to get the next book in the series.