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Harem-esque ... Not my cup of tea.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-11-20

I picked this one up on the recommendation of someone I know and I will not be continuing the series. It's one of a sub-genre of harem themed scifi-fantasy that seem to be popping up recently and I am not a fan. I've read a couple of this sub-genre and one common theme is that the protagonist professes to respect and admire the women of his harem so much that it makes the concept of a one-to many poly-amorous relationship acceptable. The reality of these types of relationships however a almost always the exact opposite. I've lived in communities with a large number of polygamous Mormons and the treatment of the women in those societies has little to do with respect or admiration.

Things I didn't like:
There were so many plot holes that you could see right through the story.
The dialog was insipid.
The female characters were so thin they would have to grow before they would be considered two dimensional.
I could not suspend disbelief enough to believe that three separate women who were all described as knock-outs, intelligent, talented, and insightful were also so insecure. 1 maybe - 3 nope, not buying it.

Things I liked:
The narrator was actually pretty good.

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Characters do dumb things for dumb reasons.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-10-10

I keep forgetting why I don't buy books from the Elvis and Pike series then I buy one and I remember. In this outing the theme seems to be characters doing stupid things for no reason. It's almost a truism for this series that in every book some damsel put herself - repeatedly - in distress in this case by repeatedly exposing herself to the same kidnappers. She ultimately needs to be rescued by the 'heroes' three times.

The climactic confrontation was utterly unnecessary. Elvis obstructs justice by deceiving federal agents on multiple occasions and Pike is so pointlessly stoic that he misses multiple opportunities to ask some basic questions that would have wrapped things up easily. I get the concepts of dramatic irony and building tension but these guys are supposed to be the best yet they act so dumb.

Tropey as heck

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-08-28

It's not bad as such. I just found it predictable and highly conforming to trope. Probably won't continue the series.

Not the strongest story.

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-11-04

I more or less hated the whole EVIL MEXICAN DRUG DEALER story arc. I hope it is over now so that Walt and the rest of his ensemble can get back to dealing with the shinanagins of rural Wyoming.

Muddled Timeline & Excessive Emoting

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-08-23

The "Shadow" series of Honorverse books are frustrating in that they retread old fround - sometimes word for word - in multiple novels. I can't help thinking that, since the loss of the inestimable Jim Baen, Weber's book have grown more convoluted and less exciting.

The narrator tends to over emote the dialog. Part of that is not his fault though as the "good guys" are way too noble and and the bad guys are way too nebulous in their motivations and characters.

All too many of the dialogs morph into characters making speaches at each other rather than talking with each other. It's even worse for inner monologues.

Weber is also way to fond of the trail off transition. Almost every other scene ends with a charcter saying something like, "What I think we need to do next is..." This trikes me as weak writing.

TL;DR Weber needs an editor that he will listen to.

Not bad but really not my cup of tea.

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-08-12

The book has a gonzo feel to it that has more in common with the Sunday funnies comics than with super hero comics in general.

I found several of the characters particularly grating. The Big Axe talking about The Big Axe in the third person was bad but the southern folksie-isms were worse.