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).