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Bane of the Dead: A Mecha Sci Fi Adventure (Seraphim Revival Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00ZO1K910
- Publisher : Holo Writing LLC; 1st edition (13 June 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 4504 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 287 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 443,970 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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bane of the deadBane of the Dead is pure Space Opera. Discard all your puny notions of the laws of physics, and just enjoy the almost cinematic descriptions of machines and men melded into seraphim, the protectors of humanity and their titanic clashes with the ironically bureaucratic Fallen. In a universe where not one, but two 'spare' planets have been set into orbit around Earth (and one leaves abruptly) without any mention of that mass affecting the Earth, it is not a surprise to learn of mental powers that can extend to... but that's a spoiler.
This isn't a story about the characters, who remain elusively aloof from the reader. Although they are well-enough described, I was never quite able to connect with them emotionally. The dialogue is lacking flavor, but that's not why you read books like this. This one is a fun tour de force of chaos sword battles, hand-to-hand Mecha combat, and the dead world hiding terrible secrets at the center of it all. If you enjoyed Saberhagen's Berserker series, this may appeal to you.
That having been said, I came here hoping for an anime-style, absurd mech story, and that’s what I got. I enjoyed it, despite the flaws, and I’ll be picking up the next book. 3.5 stars in my book, rounded up to 4.
Anyways, this novel feels like what a novelization of a mecha show would read like. The action is simple, nothing complicated, but grabs your attention and holds it. The story flows well enough, although the characters are also simple (not good!) and the plot twists are rather predictable. But if you're not too exacting on the hardness of science in-universe, this will be a fun and light read. Ha, if you had any idea what this novel was about before reading it, you won't be expecting hard science at all. Just think you're reading instead of watching Star Wars or Star Trek, suspend your disbelief for half a day, and dive in!
There's virtually no description of the science behind technology, not even technobabble. Almost as little description of history or culture. On the one hand, I think this is good because the reader isn't treated to massive infodumps. Everything is mentioned in passing as if describing the action to someone in-universe who is already expected to know the details, and this doesn't really get in the way of immersing yourself into the story. You can just focus on the action.
On the other hand, I was left confused as to what was going on and how these things worked out. Aside from the action, the world it takes place in is so scantily described. You're not even told what year this is on Earth. Is it the 22nd century? The 23rd? Maybe the 34th? It's impossible to know, and nobody actually visits Earth, either. The only Earthling character of merit is a doofus (outside of his mecha) which allows the author to give some background story in the form of stories told to the Earthlings who don't know any more than the reader does. More focus on the Earthlings and what Earth is doing nowadays would have been nice. As it was, I felt the author could have removed Earth from the story entirely and it would still have been a great story.