Wizard scouts are the elite, deep-recon forces of the Intergalactic Empire. They are a mix of technology and magic-like abilities. Richard, a cadet at the Intergalactic Wizard Scout Academy, is on assignment to retrieve a defecting scientist on a planet deep behind enemy lines. In theory, it should be a simple in-and-out mission. But as Richard learned long ago, nothing is ever simple. With a deadly Crosioian scout hot on his trail, Richard soon finds himself stuck with a couple of super-genius children who may hold a secret that could mean the salvation or destruction of three galaxies. Between dodging plasma rounds from heavily-armored Crosioian soldiers to battling werewolves, ogres, magic users and deadly dimension-shifting cats the size of lions, Richard soon finds himself far outside his original mission parameters. Even with the help of his battle computer, Nickelo, the odds of Richard completing his mission and getting the children safely home is low. Add in the interference of the mysterious entity known as ‘the One’ along with an all too suave master demon, and the odds of survival decreases even more rapidly. Will Richard’s wizard scout training prevail, or is he doomed to fail? His only hope may well be to find allies in the most unlikely of places. Of course, a liberal sprinkling of luck wouldn’t hurt either.
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I wonder what audience the author is targeting. The first book was good. This one, not so much, and yes, like someone said in a previous review, it is mostly due to dialog. This is a story about a former force recon space marine who cross trained into being a wizard scout. The MC could care less if a couple of kids burn to death in a building when they aren't on mission, but heaven forbid he uses colorful language. Instead we are treated to drivel such as, and I quote "Wisebutt". This is supposed to be coming out of the mouth of a soldier who has killed people without remorse. Even worse, the MC appears to have become mentally handicapped since the first book. He can't think at all for the first half of the book, has to have every single detail of what's going on explained to him, and then whines about how hard it is to understand. I feel cheated. Please release the author from whatever politically correct holding facility he's being kept in and let him write for people over...
I was very disappointed in this book. The first book in the series was great it had dialog, action, plot twists and a sensible plot that you could follow. This book on the other hand was for the most part Rick talking to his battle computer nick. The dialog was dry and often times very repetitive. Also the dialog with the kids was just horrible I understand the concept of children with adult minds but seriously they were either using child language or adult there was no mix. Lastly everything you were familiar with in the first book and the whole reason you went to read the next book was tossed out the window. I was like reading a book by a completely new author.
This book was very good. The author did a good job with the convergence of science and magic and has really found a good character in both Rick and Nick. At points in the story the bumbling and stupidity of Rick got a little annoying but it was not so bad I could not over look it. All in all the book was a good second book and it continued to build on the cool concept started inn the first one.
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