My Favorite Books

The Walking Drum
Ender's Game
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Curse of Chalion
The Name of the Wind
Chronicles of the Black Company
The Faded Sun Trilogy
The Tar-Aiym Krang

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Review: Blackthorn

Blackthorn Blackthorn by Nate Johnson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Narration was pretty awesome ... 4*

The story was a short and fairly stock ... with the expected happy ending. 3*

The opening scene starts with a distress call in space and with a navy "beacon" tender coming to the rescue (a fairly obvious overlay of a USCG bouy tender crew). The details on how the naval vessel and crew operate are completely authentic ... in fact, that is part of the problem. There are some things that just don't translate well from a sea going organization to a space organization ... because they just don't make sense (and because of that just make the story awkward).

After that setup, we get the standard chase scenes ... the hero and the girl running through the streets trying to survive the guantlet of bad guys trying to prevent them from exposing evil. For the most part, this is a tried and true story arc ... and should have been better than it was if the author didn't keep tossing in comments like ladies going first so that guy can enjoy the view. I'll give you the first one free ... but I don't care to see it come up again ... and again. It gets in the way of a good girl meets boy story when the boy acts like an idiot.

The author dedicated his story "to the Twenty-Three men who lost their lives aboard the USCGC Blackthorn 1/23/81." --Semper Par

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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My Ratings Explained ...

  • [ ***** ] Amazing Read - Perfect story, exciting, engrossing, well developed complex characters, solid plot with few to no holes, descriptive environments and place settings, great mystery elements, realistic dialogue, believable reactions and behaviors; a favorite that I can re-read many times.
  • [ **** ] Great Read - Highly entertaining and enjoyable, exciting storyline, well developed characters and settings, a few discrepancies but nothing that can’t be overlooked. Some aspect of the story was new/refreshing to me and/or intriguing. Recommended for everyone.
  • [ *** ] Good Read - Solid story with a 'good' ending, or has some other redeeming feature. Limited character development and/or over reliance on tropes. Noticeable discrepancies in world building and/or dialog/behavior that were distracting. I connected enough with the characters/world to read the entire series. Most of the books I read for fun are here. Recommended for fans of the genre.
  • [ ** ] Okay Read - Suitable for a brief, afternoon escape … flat or shallow characters with little to no development. Over the top character dialog and/or behavior. Poor world building with significant issues and/or mistakes indicating poor research. Excessive use of trivial detail, info dumps and/or pontification. Any issues with the story/characters are offset by some other aspect that I enjoyed. Not very memorable. May only appeal to a niche group of readers. Recommended for some (YMMV).
  • [ * ] Bad Read - Awkward and/or confusing writing style. Poor world building and/or unbelievable (or unlikeable) characters. Victimization, gaslighting, blatant abuse, unnecessary violence, child endangerment, or any other highly objectionable behaviors by Main characters. I didn't connect with the story at all; significant aspects of this story irritated me enough that I struggled to finished it. Series was abandoned. Not recommended.