Monday, June 17, 2019

Jake Bible - Mech Corps

Review.

I'm not sure what to make of this book. The author Jake Bible wrote a number of series, and this is the first book I've read written by him. Most likely he's self published.

I'm just not sure what he tried to write, because it has some promising subplots which are never fleshed out.


Xenos

If there is such a thing as an A- and B-movie, then there must also be A- en B-books. Unfortunately Bible choose to incorporate tentacled, gooey, aggressive almost indestructible brain-eating aliens.


Not good

Of course the aliens are all bad, and the heroes kill them all. Well, not exactly, but this actually appears to be the overall primary plot.


Subplots

Which is interesting, because the setup, although a typical trope, was promising more. In the story he includes some references to 'lineocide', complete families being killed off for some reason, a not or not-so nice existing government, a revolutionary movement, a military ship filled with outcasts doing the dirty jobs. Oh. Did I mention the mechs? Of course there are mechs. And lots, lots, lots of cursing.

All tropes, but I'd rather have them than yet another alien species that just wants to kill everything else. Unfortunately, none of the subplots have been fleshed out properly.


Narration

The narration was done by Andrew B. Wehrlen, who goes through the lines a little too quickly, as if that would improve the story.


The end

... comes suddenly. None of the subplots resolved, and many aliens killed. I'm pretty sure he plans or planned a sequel, but I'm not sure I am going to pick it up.


Dapper / TellTales! 98

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