From the seemingly unneeded prologue which was heavily touched by fantasy I wasn t sure if I had the right book in my hands No seriously I thought I purchased the wrong one But as I read further
From the seemingly-unneeded prologue, which was heavily touched by fantasy, I wasn't sure if I had the right book in my hands. No seriously, I thought I purchased the wrong one. But as I read further, I was reassured that I had the right book. Yes indeed. It was fast-paced, full of interesting characters I wanted to know more about, creatively descriptive and VERY descriptive (I'll touch on this further down), and a few scenes that left me wondering. The way Willen painted spaceship's and interiors, weapons and all sorts of equipment, as well as characters of so many races, I think is what really put a smile on my face. I'm a sucker for creative descriptions and Willen has deftly weaved them into these pages.This was another book of good vs evil. The heroes and good characters were likeable, realistic, witty at times, each with their own goals, dark pasts etc. I didn't grow as attached to Alec in the beginning, but I grew fonder of him as the story neared its end. Alexa and Nina I liked from early on, and Hadrian held my interest. The bad guys! Now, Zuzack would make Satan himself recoil in a corner and wish this is all a nightmare. Can't remember the last time I hated someone like this. Hughes, too, but he was just slimy. Piracy at its best and worst were mostly due to the actions and dialogue of criminals like Zuzack and Hughes, and the overall cutthroat culture was insightful-to say the least.The dialogue was realistic, and it flowed well. I think it carried the plot nicely, so I'll not dwell on this: Most dialogue scenes were a breeze and some were more elaborate than others. The scenes! Now. Violence was probably 30% of this book. Maybe more. "Descriptive violence" doesn't quite cut it if you're trying to... well... describe it. Some was a bit too much for me, but that's all about preference. Some readers like it more than others. As a writer, if I wanted to make a violent space opera, then I think it's the right amount. In the end, you can't really describe a pirate ship and their wrongdoings without having violence of this magnitude and quality in the mix. As for the more carnal scenes: I haven't read 50 Shades of Grey, and to be honest, now I don't think I'll ever need to - whatever shade it comes in. I'll just leave it at that.The story's tune is a brutal one, and I think it pairs well when piracy and royalty clash in space battles (oh yes, I did like the contrast between pirates and the sovereign high-class families and their military power). And there are characters within that I feel for and want the best for them, to one day find their utopia. And I reached the end of the book feeling that having evil around is probably necessary and natural. What is good if there's no evil to challenge it? I recommend this book to those who like space opera with a touch of mystery, but not for the faint-hearted. However, it was fun dipping my toe in darker waters. A great novel, Mr Erik Martin Willen.Good Pirates Creat Erik Martin Willén am Kindle An epic space adventure that holds danger at every turn The human cadets on the interstellar transport, Bright Star, are heading home after eight long years of military trainingbut things don t go according to plan After a bloody battle with a group of space pirates, the Bright Star and its survivors are taken prisoner with the intent of selling them into slaveryAn epic space adventure that holds danger at every turn The human cadets on the interstellar transport, Bright Star, are heading home after eight long years of military trainingbut things don t go according to plan After a bloody battle with a group of space pirates, the Bright Star and its survivors are taken prisoner with the intent of selling them into slaveryor worse Cadet Alec Horn, along with the captain of the Bright Star escape, taking an emperor s ransom in loot with them Together they set out on a dangerous adventure to rescue their friends and comrades But can they succeed without bringing forth a war that will bring death and destruction across the universe. Erik Martin Will n has been creating science fiction worlds since he was a young boy, including working with a friend on a short lived comic book version of Nastragull Erik loves creating worlds of epic proportion and exploring those worlds in the stories he creates Erik currently lives in a small village in south Sweden where he is working on the next Nastragull novel, the first in a new series called Vixens, and is anticipating the release of his first suspense novel, The Lumberjack which releases in 2018 on Valentine s Day.. Good Ebook Pirates OMG - space opera at its best!! Pirates: nasty, horrid, depraved SOBs! Aliens of every shape/form/animal/whatever: intriguing, vile, sly SOBs! Federations and Coalitions: slimy, conniving, fanatical SOBs! Hero: young, but strong; determined and righteous; honourable and easily seduced :) Heroine: abusive past, vicious 'adoptive' father (OMG, just thinking about Zuzack turns my stomach!); intelligent and sexy. Just what all H/H's need to be!!This is one fast-moving story, deliciously filled with any sort of depravity (if you like 'those' things); some blood-curdling, gut-evisceration fighting; some really evil baddies, as well as some not-so-evil goodies; some people one could really truly HATE (like Hughes, ugh!), and some who you can't help but love (Nina, awwwee). Poor Alec and Alexa go through so many bad things, one almost gives up hope - but incredibly they survive (I guess that's the whole point of the story of course :) since they're there to fulfil a prophesy or something).So, don't touch this if you dislike bloody, gory violence or gut-destroying torture or detailed sexual depravities - they're all there! And I completely and utterly LOVED it!!A note of caution: the prologue may seem completely superfluous (as a little bit of injected fantasy), but there are some 'voices' heard by Alec and Alexa which, on occasion, direct their actions. It's all part of an overall plot (I think!) which we'll be introduced to a little at a time (a good ploy for a series).Oh, and the last chapter or two had so much happening, with many new characters, that I nearly (!) got lost; but there is a twist there at the end - leaving me puzzled, bemused, a WTH sigh, and a DAMMIT I WANT THE NEXT ONE NOW!!!!(And - thank you!! to Erik himself who brought this to my notice!!)
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