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I love the worlds they build
Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2020
What James Rosone and Miranda Watson build for their readers is an immersive world that draws you in. I know a lot of readers like their books like they like their movies. Get to the point! What I love about Rosone and Watson is they take the time to build a world you care about. The layers to the story grow page after page. This first offering in the Rise of the Republic series has done just that. I got the book the day it came out, and as I was reading it I became a part of that world. It started slow, which I don't mind, but as the pace picked up my mind began to read it as the FTL drive in the book. I was flying through it so fast that I had to stop and reread several chapters.
The fact that it is a near future story was excellent, as the characters weren't unlike us in 2020. The technology in the book is familiar without being to far fetched, they have done some good research into what is now possible and what theoretically be possible in the coming decades. Once mankind steps out into the void and lands on Mars our ships will be better suited for the next stage. Were we were hampered by govt's and national space agencies we are starting to see things like SpaceX make technological leaps light years ahead because men like Musk just did it. The technology in this first book is evolutionarily believable. It doesn't go down the rabbit hole like Trekor Star Wars does, they've taken the BSG approach by showing us tech explaining it in a way that is easy to digest for the diehard sci-fi fan and the novice alike. They do it in a way that gives us background, then very quickly catches the reader up. And we find ourselves in this new world with an enemy that can tear us apart, whose tech seems to be better than our but we are now known to them and we are a part of a much larger star system, and there are things in it that aren't necessarily our friends.
I'm invested in the world the authors have built, now I want more! Thank you! I'm looking forward to what comes next! When is audible coming? This took me longer to read as my eyes aren't what they used to be. Bravo Zulu!