For Love and Glory Book Review

For Love and Glory Book Review

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And, oh yeah, by the way, there is a race of ancients that left their technology behind and was found by the two leads.

The novel was read over the course of four days, unusual in itself. But, it also required multiple settings each day just to try and grasp what was occurring because of the jumping around between chapters.

The imagery produced by the author’s descriptions of the events that occurred, and the places visited, were excellent and memorable, but were not enough to make the novel itself memorable.

Pros

  • The collision of two black holes is described in such a way that you could visualize how the scene looked As the event played out, the author continually added new imagery and explanations so as to coax us into believing it was really happening, there, not too far away from our vantage point.
  • Throughout the novel, when new technology is introduced, the author includes enough scientific basis for the device, in order for the item to be accepted as real and plausible.
  • Although there is a romantic sub-theme, the author chooses to keep it in the background, as a way to pass time, instead of up front and clouding the main theme that the Author is trying to convey.

Cons

  • Typically when character perspectives change between disparate locations, there is some way that the reader can be tied into the change rather than trying to decide what had happened to the story. An example would be a quick-change from the story-line to a thoughtful reflection of Hebo’s long-gone wife Julie.

It seemed out of place, as it wasn’t set up at all or clear, what was going on in the Chapter XXX, until you neared the end. A single instance wouldn’t have been too bad but it seemed to happen a lot with little or no transitional story to support the new subject.

  • A rescue mission on a newly settled planet with wild animals roaming around the base camp sounded like a good idea, but then Hebo and Lissa dismiss all possible assistance as unneeded, even though there was wilderness, ravines, cliffs, heavy foliage, and other obstacles to prevent a search party of only two to find a lost settler from the camp. With all of the circumstances working together to prevent the rescue of the settler, the possibility of two people, on foot, finding one person lost in an area covering kilometer, doesn’t seem probable at all. The explanation the author wrote did not make sense at all as what little ‘wilderness experience’ either of the two searchers had, was not from that planet, and neither professed any real familiarity with the terrain.

The search background just didn’t work for the circumstances and would have been more believable if one of them had more experience with the planet’s wilderness.

  • Going back to the first topic under ‘Cons’, the novel jumped between characters, locations, and plotlines significantly between chapters and typically left the reader lost and reading the last part of the previous chapter again to try and get a bearing on what the new chapter is presenting.