Ruminations of a Wayfarer

Author: David Hearne
Published: 2009
Language: English
Wordcount: 238,426 / 703 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 3,119
Added to site: 2009.09.21
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Their aim is nothing short of universal domination by means of war. So far their plans have not gone astray and they enjoy victory after victory over the 'lesser' life forms of the galaxies. But now, as a persistent pest can disrupt a glorious picnic, an insignificant human threatens to upend the grand strategy of the Tharnian species...his name is Jarre. In a twist and turn accounting of his stubborn fight against the all-consuming race of destroyers, Jarre's exploits are time and again suborned by more backstabbing characters than you will find in a meeting of butlers at a mystery convention. Just when you think you have a handle on which way the plot will proceed, be prepared for a sharp, warp-speed turn in the opposite direction. There are no slow downs or let ups in this story and a new surprise lurks behind every planet. This is David Hearne's first novel and his imaginative writing skills draw you into well-crafted worlds populated by enormously believable characters.

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and went uneventfully. Certainly the Telreikans were given a year to remember with their sun going supernova. Then there was the mysterious collapse of an S star, a red giant, in the Equabus system that attracted zealous attention from cosmologists. The Adders obtaining the universal blazer cup was also a significant event. By and large, however, the earth calendar year itself was unremarkable for most. Unfortunately for the Callonites, 2355 was a year they would prefer to forget although that was, regrettably from the point of view of a Callonite, no longer possible because in order for a species to forget something at least one member of their race must survive.

On the planet Callon, the Tharnian Empire now reigns--their sovereignty already beyond doubt. The previous inhabitants were no longer required. The Empire's policy in relation to its acquired worlds is straightforward enough. If an inhabited planet is invaded and deemed unsuitable, it is destroyed. Should the planet be found suitable, the po

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Average Rating of 3.5 from 4 reviews: ****
2010.05.12
Tom Wilson
*****

You cannot stop scrolling through the pages as Jarre is dragged into an intergalactic conspiracy. "The Tharnians are coming" he tries to warn Earth but they don't listen. He's no chicken little, these vicious creatures really are coming and he's about the only one who can stop them. I liked the fact Earth's government was corrupt, some of them even in cahoots with the Tharnians, like the truly evil Cudex. Other memorable characters exist in this universe like the Tharnian Piarn who becomes Jarre's ally. Unlike Jarre who has scruples, Piarn has none. Ethics aren't a problem for him when it comes to getting things done. Gate is also memorable, a young hotshot pilot who think he's invincible and God's gift to women, no amounts of slaps convince him otherwise. Some of the ideas we have seen before, such as ragtag humans who have formed a Confederation, women mechanics, a race of super robots, a space station run by pirates, a slick bounty hunter, an estranged father, a distant son, a sidekick with a drinking problem, and a love interest that's tough as nails. Still it is a blast while it lasts. Jarre does disappear for a while and we journey with his son, that was different. Also different is the ending - I liked it as Jarre confronts his dark side and faces an entity, cool showdown however it isn't resolved if we are to assume the worst, it's game over for Jarre. No closure but it's had me wondering what happened for days. Only issues I didn't like, some people you believe dead keep coming back and some sections ended suddenly. Engaging book, download and enjoy.

2010.05.03
John Willoughby
***..

An interesting read, but the book is just too long and the numerous changes of scene get annoying after a time. It is almost as if the author does not want the reader to get deeply into the story line and so changes seem to occur without reason. The ending is just too short and a completely unsatisfactory conclusion to the story. Nevertheless, with a less complicated plot, less but more fleshed out characters and a better ending, this would be a more exciting book.

2010.04.27
David Turner
****.

Very good sci-fi action. If you liked Wing Commander or Starship Troopers get this. Space Opera with Jarre fighting against the Tharnian Empire, who want to destroy all before them. It has been done this well but getting in Jarre's head is an interesting ride. He's an unlikely hero. Wall to wall action and some strong surprises I didn't see coming. Good emotion captured in Jarre and Ganna, his lover, yet it's clear early on they can never work - there are too many bounty hunters, space pirates, traitors in Jarre's own ranks, and worse. There are some issues, the ending is hard to get, and agree with the above review that an editor would help. Still worth a read and as the authors website says there has been a screenplay written so who knows, this could be the next avatar or district 9.

2010.04.22
ilpedrino
**...

Did this book ever see an editor? It needs to.

The book had potential. Interesting premises that could have been expanded to a three or four book series if they had been filled out. As it stands, it is much too long for a single book and yet it does not have enough in it to succeed as a good story.

The writing is extremely simple with poor diction. It is almost as if it was written by a 12 year old. The story lines blur badly so that when the scenes change you get no warning or direction and everything just runs together. The characters are left empty and hollow with only a very select few fluffed up -- though not enough to get a real feel for any of them. And as for being believable -- not hardly.

There are way too many attempted twists in the story that are extremely predictable and are way too cliche. The author seemed to be trying to trick the reader constantly like a three year old playing hide-and-seek by covering his eyes. Totally see through and childish.

The end of the book is just awful. Not only for the way it ends but in the method of its shortened demise -- maybe the author got tired of writing and just decided to kill it.

As before mentioned, the book had potential. With some serious editing and a lot of fill, there might be something here worth reading. As it stands though, skip it!


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