I know, I know, people don’t read my book reviews, but hey it has been awhile, so indulge me! Plus it just means people need to read more. Today’s book is Starship Eternal by M.R. Forbes. Another space opera, shocking! But to Forbes’ credit this was a pretty good book, and I will probably finish off the series at some point. Well unless the second book is terrible, then I won’t.
Starship Eternal has a pretty standard plot synopsis: A disgraced military officer Captain Mitchell “Ares” Williams and a ragtag group of criminals must save humanity from an unknown threat. I know you have heard that plot before, but still it ends up being a pretty solid effort, and a good read. It also has a couple of fun hooks that make it a little more original which I am not going to spoil for you, but I am just saying it is not all cliché.
The one major issue I had with this book is that is seems it is obsessed with sex. The characters are always getting down, or thinking of getting down. It kind of detracts from the greater story arc. I can understand a little thrown in here or there, but I just wish Forbes’ had toned it down a little. Other than that one little quibble the story is quite a well done space adventure.
It was good to read a decent book on the independent list from Amazon. It is safe to say I have been underwhelmed lately, so to have Starship Eternal turn out to be a well executed novel was a refreshing surprise. Starship Eternal is a fun page turner, and even better if you enjoy the space military genre. We will have to see if this is true for the next couple of books in the series. I hope so.