The second half was pretty good and the ending was satisfying. But the first half not so much and the first 20% nearly persuaded me to stop. Be prepared for that if you tackle this one. Here are some of the reasons for my feeling about this book. From Vogel, a male author of swashbuckling tales, you do not expect a girl-talk girl-bonding book. Maybe he has done a good job of it, I wouldn't know, but it reads a little like many female-authored books I've read. The girls keep their silly banter going while getting shot at, and think first about hugging the victims before all the bad guys are dead.
Their whole scheme does not seem plausible, either, which could be because Vogel usually writes about worlds so different we can't tell what is plausible, but this universe is familiar. The underlying evil scheme worse than kidnapping for slavery is something that supposedly goes on in the world today, at least to some extent, but the extent of it here is just gross. And a lady is in charge of it. There are a couple of twists in her character. We have the two ladies bonded because both have lost loves in the war, against the one who is responsible for thousands of people losing loved ones. There is a lot of dwelling on Nancy's loss of Sko from the first book. In fact, the resolution at the end revolves around this. It was pretty well done at the end. Getting flushed out of airlocks, on purpose or otherwise, is a recurring theme (that's what happened to Sko). Nancy keeps hearing disturbing voices in the wormholes. Other people hear them too, and she uses this to torture and extract information (BTW, Vogel forgot to wrap up what happened to that guy). At the end, she hears Sko.
But ... it was too depressing to read a whole novel dwelling on this, which is a large part of what was wrong with the terrible first 20%. Once in action, though implausible, it's more interesting. Vogel does action well. And the evil Miss Perkins is, well, she almost convinces Nancy there is no way to hold her to account, but there is a darkness and resourcefulness in Nancy she does not know about.
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The Undercover Captain (Captain Nancy Martin Book 2) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Growing up, Henry worked at the usual range of menial jobs -- from grocery store bag boy to pizza delivery to retail sales -- before ending up in software development. In between the menial jobs and the IT jobs, he achieved some small fame as the writer and co-creator of the small press comic book titles Southern Knights and X-Thieves. For the past ten years, Henry has also taken up the mantle of professional storyteller, performing regularly throughout the state of North Carolina. He has also released his first book of children's stories, which contains three stories he regularly tells during his performances. Henry has been a fan of science fiction for as long as he can remember. He has loved of space opera and planetary romance since the beginning, which is why his science fiction novels end up in those subgenres. Henry currently live in Raleigh, NC, with his wife, son, a cat, and lots of imaginary friends all clamoring to tell him of their adventures. Follow Henry's latest writing at www.henryvogelwrites.com. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01NC0CP88
- Publisher : Rampant Loon Press, LLC; 1st edition (31 January 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1884 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 198 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 866,169 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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not Vogel's usual style, attempt at a girl book, but ending redeemsReviewed in the United States on 13 February 2017
ExcellentReviewed in the United States on 28 November 2017
Another tour d' force for Henry Vogel. This work explores the background of a character in another of the author's series, and is every bit as entertaining and enjoyable. The protagonist is thrust into a completely alien situation, and has to adapt and overcome, as she resolves the many problems thrust upon her. The work is fast paced, and it is so easy to visualize the scenes the author describes. This is another fast paced page turner, one that grabs your attention, and the author's wicked sense of humor adds so much. Very strongly recommended.
Big Fan of VogelReviewed in the United States on 9 March 2017
I always enjoy these easy to read action tales written by Henry Vogel. This story moved right along with plenty of wit, intrigue, and action. I enjoyed meeting a new character in Erica who partnered well with Captain Martin. I look forward to seeing more of Nancy Martin and her new adventures with GenCo.
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