Even though the author alluded to a powerful set of ‘add-on’ devices that would enhance the capabilities of the Lancelot weapons platform, it was never made clear when, or even if, any add-ons were attached – especially when Lancelot took Michel into a C-Plus jump without any additional accessories.
It is clear that many of the items used and the abilities of the Berserker s were covered in previous novels and assumptions have been made. It wasn’t made clear that this wasn’t a stand-alone novel, even though we went back and read the covers and other TOR books listing printed before the novel begins. That disconnect from the world of Berserker s makes the story hard to follow at points.
Overall, the book is a good read since ‘man vs. machine’ is always a definite attraction to the Science Fiction genre. Pick this book up if you like smart machines that want human life exterminated. While you’re reading, see if you can determine why the machines have human sympathizers. We couldn’t…
Man versus machine is a powerful draw, especially when the machines care so little for human life. The relentless attacks against life and the dedication of their philosophy give the Berserker machines a ‘life’ of their own, making them just as much characters in the novel as the living ones.
Most children have only one parent that cares about them, but here the author successfully brings birthmother and adoptive mother into a story where they both become important players in young Michel’s well-being.
The descriptions of the various parts of Alpine’s worldscape were good and they allowed you to envision a world similar to Switzerland in full summertime plumage.
The storyline is like a rollercoaster, speeding up and slowing down constantly, with significant periods of dry reading (as in pages). The action sequences themselves are fairly smooth but lack definition and detail so much that the fighting at times seems distant and far too remote to be of consequence to the main plot.
The author chose to give little depth to many of the characters in the novel, perhaps assuming that the reader had already read previous books in the series.
This book is late in the Berserker series of novels and as such the author seems to expect the reader to have an understanding of the Berserker universe. Too many questions are unanswered about the origins of the Berserkers, the previous war, and why things are the way they are. That leaves you feeling more than a little frustrated if you just pick up the book to read it, as our primary reviewer did.