RingShip Discretion in Paperback (signed)
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- I enjoyed reading this book, it was very suspenseful and the romantic scenes were touching. The most interesting part about this book is that it parallels reality in that rough times can stay rough for a while and it takes time and perseverance to get out of a rut. This book is definitely worth reading, and I can't wait until his next book comes out!
- Great story about humankind's eternal optimism in the face of monumental challenges! "Somewhere over the RainbowS, Way up High" would be my choice for the theme song for the motion picture!
- The eternal story of the little guys against the corrupt people in power. If you liked Firefly, I think you will like this one.
- Full disclosure: The author is a friend of mine, but I do try not to let that color my review.
I was going to read the first few chapters of Ringship Discretion, but I got hooked and stayed up half the night to finish it. It was a little hard to get into at first, probably because I'm used to reading multi-million-copy best-sellers, which have armies of editors and full-time lifelong professional writers. This book is not quite up to the same caliber, but the distinction was lost on me as soon as the action really heated up and the characters came alive and I started to really get to know them.
The best and most unique element of this story is the way that real science ("hard" sci-fi) is utilized as central elements of the plot and action, including space ship deceleration, communication, space weapons, depressurization, and much more. This is not a book that insults your intelligence with constant hand-wavey explanations and disregard for all the laws of physics. Instead, it bases as much as possible on real science, but without getting into long and boring explanations. (And therefore, it rewards you if you know the background science already.) That makes it even easier to suspend disbelief and the story all the more absorbing.
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