I had waited a long time for this book to come out having fairly high expectations. Now, having read it, I am not sure the wait was actually worth it. Maybe this book series have gone on too long. It’s like to author doesn’t really have any new ideas and to “develop” the story he just bogs it down more and more in (bad) politics, deceit and backstabbing a ’la cheap soap opera.
I don’t really like the ships breaking down all the time. It is just irritating. The main plot of “go investigate the aliens” kind of turned into another Black Jack will get the fleet home story. Been there, done that.
The alien encounters could have been nice but…duct tape? I’m sorry it would be a spoiler to tell you what duct tape has to do with anything so you will have to read the book if you want to know. Me, I think that particular plot element was stupid beyond imagination. It’s one star off just for that.
I would have hoped that we would reach a point in the overall story arc where Black Jack would, you know, be triumphant, kick the arses of the idiot politicians and embark on new adventures with some proper backing. Now I would not go as far as to say it’s really a bad book although I very hesitantly give it three stars. It was still fun read. It was significantly less than what I hoped for though.