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Wings of Fire
Wings of Fire
by Dale Brown
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.99
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1.0 out of 5 stars If I could I would give it 0 stars, May 28 2004
This book is just too unbelievable to enjoy. The technology used by the good guys seems like it belongs in Star Trek. The battle suits used by the "Nightcrawlers" sound like a copy of the armor worn by the Marines in Starship Troopers (the book not the movie). The main villian would belong in a Bond film except his dialogue would be too cliched for that. The heroes just act completely out of control, stealing top-secret government weapons, attacking countries seemingly at random, assaulting government agents, torturing people that just rescued them. The president is just silly, he meditates every day, he doesn't give an acceptance speech, he doesn't care about the fact that Libya has ICBM's and nuclear weapons, he doesn't care that a nuclear war has started in the most oil-rich region in the world.
Most authors seem to improve their writing skills as they write more books but Brown actually seems to have gotten worse. As the storyling started in Flight of the Old Dog has progressed, he has tried to advance the technology used in order to keep people interested. The result is the outlandishly advanced weapons used in Wings of Fire, weapons that probably won't exist in the real world for decades to come, if ever.

by David Weber
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.87
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shallow but entertaining, May 25 2004
This review is from: CRUSADE (Mass Market Paperback)
If you're a fan of the Harrington books, or the Empire series by Weber you'll enjoy this. It's not a very deep book but it is entertaing. I do have to say after reading solo projects by both White and Weber, it's pretty obvious that Weber is a much better author. I have to wonder how much of the book was written by which author?

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