(pseudo)review: Star Empire, by David Rey

Sometimes it is best to let the writing speak for itself first…

Empire Earth treaty was signed in 2279. It merged earth with several human colonies across the milky way. I was dispatched to The Malta Colony Via the Imperial Frigate Manifest Destiny. I sat there in the VIP class Cabin studying the nine zettabyte data file detailing the unrest in Malta. My job was to pacify the citizens of Malta Colony by any means at my disposal. The citizens of the Colonies where Referred to by The Vip’s as Peasants. They Depended on the support services of the home world, Including food, water and even man power to maintain there colony since the majority where uneducated.

There you have the opening of Star Empire, by David Rey, which — Murphy alone knows why — I downloaded from Amazon and began to read this afternoon. The above sample, quoted exactly from the e-book with no alteration of capitalization, spelling, punctuation or grammar, should have been taken as a warning not to keep reading any further.  Instead, I continued to read all the way to the end of the first scene (about two and a half pages) before calling it quits.  Believe it or not, that opening is better-written than what comes later.

I also have to wonder about the reviewer (sock-puppet?) who gave this thing 5 stars… Seriously, how?

Rating: Absolutely NOT recommended (and a big sarcastic Thank You! to the author for encouraging the myth that indie authors are all incompetent).


About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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