Top positive review
Outstanding addition to the 4 Horsemen Universe that you don't want to miss.
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2018
The Midnight Sun starts with a bang then throttles back, and steadily ramps upwards to a spectacular finish. I stayed up way later than I had intended to because I just HAD to finish reading it. The author continues to develop characters previously introduced in his short story “Contract Fulfilled” in the “For a Few Credits More” anthology, and gives us new ones to like, love, and even loathe.
I don’t want to introduce any spoilers, but I will say that the third act that begins when everything really starts to go wrong is the strongest part of the book. It is a desperate tale of hardship, survival, sacrifice, heroism and loss that deserves to be considered as one of the best “long march” tales in Military SF. Comparisons that come to mind are the “March Upcountry series” by John Ringo and David Weber, “The Ten Thousand” by Harold Coyle, the first half of “The Last Centurion” by John Ringo, and “Redliners” by David Drake. It really is that good.
Another aspect not to be left out, is how deft the author is at developing minor and tertiary characters, and giving the reader new appreciation for some of the alien races in the 4HU. I also enjoyed discovering the nobility of otherwise loathsome characters (or ones that I am genetically predisposed to dislike, i.e. giant killing-machine spiders).
This is an excellent addition to the 4HU franchise, and you need to read it. Especially so you’ll understand this: I AM BETTY! (this needs to be on a t-shirt!).