Book Review: “Last Praetorian” by Smith

“The Last Praetorian” is book one in the “Redemption Trilogy” by Mike Smith. It is offered as a free Kindle download. I read the May 2013 326 page edition of the science fiction novel set after 2312 A.D. I’m not being paid for my review.

Synopsis (my summary):

In the future an empire forms. The Emperor’s family has ruled for five hundred years. The hero served the last Emperor. He has a romance with the Princess, and eventually ends up running a small shipping company. A new shadowy organization wants to take over his small company. An old enemy shows up to settle a score years in the making.The hero also has a romance with an assassin sent after him that he turns to his side.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: .5
  • Hero: 1
  • Read more than once: No
  • Read others in the series: No

Review:

The story starts with a prologue that is nothing more than a history lesson. Chapter one then jumps to five years in the past. Within the first page the story jumps to important events that happened at yet another historical point. Chapter three jumps to the present. Chapter four then jumps to five years in the past. This sets up how the story flows for the rest of the book.

The time jumps in this story seemed unnecessary and resulted in confusion. Even in the middle of an action scene the reader can find themselves transported to a historical event, and back again. It is jarring and can slow down the flow.

The narrative doesn’t sync up with actions. Some of the actions don’t sync up with thoughts the characters have. For example the hero is the highest ranking member of the Emperors elite guard. The narrative right before the hero encounters two new guards explains who the hero is and how he doesn’t tolerate being questioned. So if he has that reputation; why wouldn’t the guards know him?

There are a lot of characters to keep straight. This is hindered by the back and forth time jumps. There are two protagonists and there were two heroines (love interests) in the story. And the point of view from one character to the next is really fluid.

Other issues with the novel:

  • Lack of consistency.
  • Grammatical, punctuation and spelling issues. Including an excessive use of the exclamation point. Run-on and awkward sentences.
  • Cuss words that were unnecessary

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4/7/2017 Added in Rating Legend.

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