The Best Book Review Secret Realms Part 2

Appraisal

The book is a really good read, and overall is well worth the time to invest in reading it. The few points that come up as a negative are relatively easy to overlook as the overall feel of the novel is clean and well-paced.

Even though at times the ‘action’ goes a little too far, (a war and two typhoons), the clear imagery used by the author to present the world from an outsider’s point of view is excellent.

This novel seems like it could be a precursor to the ‘Matrix’ series of motion pictures, or a similar movie named ‘The Thirteenth Floor’, as each of those movies involves computer-generated worlds inhabited by cyber-beings.

 

Pros

The battle tactics and strategies used by Trickster and his friends in the computer-generated scenarios are described in enough detail to allow a reader with little war knowledge to grasp what was happening and pull for the heroes.

The action was fast-paced, even, with excellent character development, and it allowed the reader to associate with each of the virtual characters.

The descriptions of the cyber world are described with enough detail to allow a reader with little war knowledge to grasp what was happening and pull for the heroes.

 

Cons

Some of the technology that the author uses in the story was not very believable. In particular were the tentacles that suspended the main characters in the air, fed and cleaned them, and otherwise took care of them. Even after reading the descriptions repeatedly, it was still unclear how that type of technology could even exist. A little supporting science would have been helpful.

There is a little concern over the amount of detail in a couple of romantic scenes between two of the characters as they learn about their sexuality in the real world.

Having the countries of Japan and China going to war, and then sending in a US aircraft carrier into the middle of their countries was a big enough leap. But add to that not one, but two typhoons in the same area seemed like a bit of overkill for the most die-hard ‘over-the-top’ type of climax.

Several grammar errors crept into this book. For instance, on page 128; “…we got no more data,” the watch officer, a female lieutenant said.

“Attack the data you do got,” Mike said….

This was one example of the types of errors. The rest of the conversations between the two people did not have broken, improper, grammar like this. There was no sign that this is how they normally spoke.