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This is a series of books on Amazon, starting at "Columbus Day" - this
name reflects the surprise arrival of technologically superior aliens.
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If you can ignore or appreciate the somewhat juvenile sense of humor,
these are surprisingly intelligent books - and cheap on Amazon. Once
you meet Skippy in "Columbus Day" the pattern for the other four books
(so far) in the series
Volume 6 was published in May -- see
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is set - so I would suggest that a small investment of time and
money spent buying and reading "Columbus Day" is a pretty good bet.
It's also on Kindle Unlimited, which, in the US, is $0.99 for the first
3 months at the moment.
Thanks - I miscounted rather than missing a book, so I can report
that Vol VI "Mavericks" is a worthy addition to the series. Sooner or
later - especially with this puzzle-heavy format - he's going to run
out of ideas, but that hasn't happened quite yet.
I may give it a try in the foreseeable future. After entering hundreds
of Japanese "light novels" in the ISFDB -- and reading a bunch of them
-- I am ready for a change of scenery.
I finished volume 1 a few days ago. It was a mixed bag.
The good news is that the book was passably well written, at least for
an indie novel. The first chapter was all but unedited with run-on
sentences all over the place, but then it got better. Enlisted
characters mostly rang true; I have known people just like that. The
universe felt superficial, but overall it was pretty decent considering
the kind of story the author wanted to tell.
The neutral news is that the officer characters were a bit bland. Not
unbelievable, just bland.
The not so good news is that the aliens didn't feel like real aliens.
They were stereotypical humans dressed up in funny suits. The notion
that all sentient species -- or at least the two that we met in
volume 1 -- would use the same body language was hard to credit.
The super-intelligent AI was even more problematic. The humor was from
the factory floor. The notion that an AI would be incredibly capable
in some areas yet absent-minded in other areas was extremely hard to
credit. It seemed like a convenient plot device which justified the MC's
role as the AI's minder. Worse, the protagonist ended up as a huge Mary
Sue. Some scientists and government officials were caricatures and the
way the MC treated them was a thinly disguised power fantasy of the
most basic kind.
Overall it wasn't bad for an indie novel and I can see how the universe
can be attractive to its fans. Some elements reminded me of Dennis E.
Taylor's equally popular "Bobiverse" books.
I've read the first 3.5 of these now and like them a good bit. At this
hobbles. I suspect he's an amnesiac Sentinel (that's not a spoiler, since
it's just my guess).