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Not even worth a read at 99 cents
Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2019
I liked the first book in The Forgotten series. I feel like M.R. Forbes wrote very good fight scenes in that book, though the second book dragged on.
So I thought I'd give this series a chance. Even at 99 cents, I was disappointed.
I could barely get through book one. I don't like infodumps of backstory right at the beginning of a book. Main character does one paragraph of action, then proceeds to have flashbacks about his entire life, family, how spaceflight came to be and how it was originally funded, how many missions he's flown (sixty seven), and how he is the most successful pilot.
Don't tell me "things were so easy back then." I don't want to know. I want to be immersed in the action. Show me how difficult things are instead of telling me. Don't tell me "she was an even better friend." Show me through dialogue and character interaction. I could barely read the first book.
The author treats us like children. He tells us a spacecraft has a "specially engineered and painted surface". This describes like every single science fiction spacecraft in existence. He also tells us about how slipstream works (I've read, and liked, the Halo books, except for the ones by Karen Travis). I don't need to know how slipstream works at the beginning of a book. Maybe this is his earlier work, but this isn't worth a read.
Don't get me wrong. I like character development and how each author can bring a different take to military science fiction. But I don't like it when all of it is thrown to me at the beginning before I get hooked by a conflict and before I've grown attached to the characters and world.
I will not be reading this series. There are too many flashbacks.