The Dark Wing

The Dark Wing The Dark Wing (The Dark Wing Series, #1) by Walter H. Hunt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book started off very good but in the end it became “just” good. It starts off with a known enemy breaking a peace treaty for the umpteen time and an admiral taking the opportunity to wage war against this enemy in the only way that enemy can understand it even if it means the extermination of the enemy species and despite the opinions of the pea-brained politicians. After having read the first half, maybe a bit more, I was ready to give this book at least four stars, maybe five.

Then the pea-brained politicians decide to pee in their pants and try to recall the human fleet when they are, finally, about to gain a decisive victory. These are the same morons that have agreed to peace treaty after peace treaty with an alien race that have constantly shown that they use these treaties only to rearm and then have another go at exterminating the humans. It really reminds me of the useless UN: Oh my they didn’t stop being bad guys so let’s make an even stronger worded resolution.

At the end of the book there’s a totally ridiculous court martial which almost ruins the book. Now, luckily, in the course of the book the admiral in question tells the pea-brained politicians to shove it and successfully completes his task anyway which makes this book being a good read despite the political nonsense. However, the second half of the book, which almost entirely revolves around political bullshit, drags the book down.

In the book we get an insight into the alien and their somewhat strange religious-like way of reasoning which adds an interesting element. As one can imagine, especially from the fact that there are three more books and from the blurb on the second book, the bad guys do not get exterminated although they realize the error of their ways.

The end result is a good book which could have been even better. I won’t hesitate to read the second one in the series although I certainly hope that the author doesn’t step up the political bullshit in that one.

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2 thoughts on “The Dark Wing

  1. Thanks for your interest. I suspect that you may find the rest of the series appealing. I’m not sure I would characterize the politics of the first novel as you might, but as the reader you have the right to judge it as you like.

    Best wishes for your future reading.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to write a comment on such a fairly modest personal blog as this. From what I’ve read so far in the second book in the series I think it’s fairly safe to say that I will read all of them.

      I work for an international reserach organisation which is highly politically “managed” and have experienced first hand when political nonsense is allowed to take precedence over getting the job done properly. Hence my fairly strong opinions, which I stand by of course, about politics in the books I read.

      Best whishes to you for you future writing 🙂

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