Today's book review is The Way to Glory
by David Drake.
This is book 4 in the ongoing Lieutenant Leary series. The characters probably make more sense if you start from the beginning, but there's not very much reference to earlier events in the series.
This book, like the rest of the series, is pure space opera, mere fluffy entertainment. There are some scientific howlers, but in a universe where sailors climb in the rigging of the starship's sails, who's going to worry about velocity changes that would take days at the described acceleration happening in minutes? There's a time for silly space opera. The writing engages me. The characters seem to be self-consistent. Some of them have very odd personalities but they do have personalities, and they are consistent in them -- there is some slow evolution in the characters but no unexpected sudden changes. The plot has some minor surprises but no big tangles. Nothing profound or deep here, just fun.
8 out of 10.( plot summaryCollapse )