Welcome to KIWIreviews - product reviews
•  click here to return to the homepage  •
Welcome visitor.Join us or log in

Product reviews on kiwireviews.nz : Tuesday 7th April 2020 - 21:34:30

QuickSearch for:    What is QuickSearch?
QuickJump to:    What is QuickJump?
logon name: p/w:  
I want to:

You Are Here...

Home > Categories > Books > Sci-Fi > A Fury of Aces 1 - Burnt Ice review

« Freeloader reviewFreeloaderArchon reviewArchon »

Score: 9.5/10  [2 reviews]
5 out of 5
ProdID: 3336 - A Fury of Aces 1 - Burnt Ice
Written by Steve Wheeler

A Fury of Aces 1 - Burnt Ice
Sample/s Supplied by:
Click to search for all products supplied by HarperCollins

Disclosure StatementFULL DISCLOSURE: A number of units of this product have, at some time, been supplied to KIWIreviews by the company for the purposes of unbiased, independent reviews. No fee was accepted by KIWIreviews or the reviewers themselves - these are genuine, unpaid consumer reviews.
April 2012

A Fury of Aces 1 - Burnt Ice product reviews

Proud to promote NZ productsIn our future worlds the Administration rules the Sphere of Humankind, the Games Board sanctions and funds wars and conflicts, and the Haulers' Collective roams the space routes like the caravanners of old.

Marko and his crew of fellow soldier-engineers are sent to investigate a largely unknown planet. When they encounter strange artefacts and an intelligent but aggressive squid species, they are forced to embark on a perilous journey far from the Sphere.

They will have to survive not only other alien encounters but also their own Administration's deadly manipulations.

Political factions and galactic media moguls vie for power ... and money.

Check out HarperCollins onlineClick here to see all the listings for HarperCollins Visit their website Follow them on Twitter Check them out on Facebook They do not have a YouTube Channel They do not have a Pinterest board They do not have an Instagram channel

afoa   aliens   artificial intelligences   augmented   engineers   ftl   genetic engineering   nanotechnology   nzmade   singularity   soldiers   steve wheeler
Other listings you may be interested in:
Fallen DragonFallen Dragon
Rating: 7.8
Wheeler Knives - Handcrafted Steak KnifeWheeler Knives - Handcrafted Steak Knife
Rating: 9.9
A Fury of Aces 2 - Crystal VenomA Fury of Aces 2 - Crystal Venom
Rating: 10.0
A Fury of Aces 3 - Onyx JavelinA Fury of Aces 3 - Onyx Javelin
Rating: 10.0
Always the SunAlways the Sun
Rating: 9.3
Supernatural - The Work of Ross LovegroveSupernatural - The Work of Ross Lovegrove
Rating: 8.5
The Art of The HobbitThe Art of The Hobbit
Rating: 9.3
Geronimo Stilton - The Mystery in VeniceGeronimo Stilton - The Mystery in Venice
Rating: 10.0
The DrowningThe Drowning
Rating: 8.1
Nerdy Ninjas vs the Really, Really Unreal GuysNerdy Ninjas vs the Really, Really Unreal Guys
Rating: 6.5
The Underland Chronicles 5 - Gregor and the Code of ClawThe Underland Chronicles 5 - Gregor and the Code of Claw
Rating: 8.5
Heromice 1: Mice to the Rescue!Heromice 1: Mice to the Rescue!
Rating: 9.9
Micekings #1: Attack of the DragonsMicekings #1: Attack of the Dragons
Rating: 9.8

Product reviews...

Everyone is welcome to post a review. You will need to Join up or log in to post yours.

Click here to read the profile of droolingmonkey

Review by: droolingmonkey (Jake)
Dated: 27th of April, 2014

Link to this review Report this review


This Review: 9.3/10
Value for Money:
Score 9 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 9 out of 10
Score 9 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 10 out of 10

This is an outrageously good read that offers up some interesting possibilities. Although it took me a chapter or two to get a hold of who was who, favourites soon emerged and kept me reading right through. There is adventure, some rollicking fights, and some amorousness amongst the crew, but I really love the ACE's (and the AI's too, whose differences definitely help to show the ACE's personalities). I'm one of those sci-fi buffs who takes a shine to things from stories, but the ACE's... I think everyone would be throwing money at him for their own, I know I would! (ACE's are like little mechanical pets, but oh so much more!)

The idea of the Games Board, recording (and manipulating) events for distribution to the masses is truly terrifying, and probably a heavenly dream for the Rupert Murdochs of the world. They're revulsion-inspiring, always there to mess with things, and then cheerfully congratulate (and richly reward) the crew for their handling of the mess.

This was one of those books that I read and read, even when I was supposed to be doing other things. It was also the first real (ie paper) book I have read for ages. I'd forgotten the joys of turning an actual page, the smell of the newly opened paper, the bookmark (I have a favourite one that I hardly ever get to use anymore), but at one point I was dismayed that the page wouldn't brighten and I had to turn on an actual light!

Click here to read the profile of tucker

Review by: tucker (Karl)
Dated: 25th of April, 2012

Link to this review Report this review


This Review: 9.8/10
Value for Money:
Score 10 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 9 out of 10
Score 10 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 10 out of 10

Many years ago, when I was a part of a "Medievalist" group, I first encountered Steve Wheeler's craftsmanship when I was introduced to some of his steelwork. If someone had told me that a decade and a half later I would find myself seeking every opportunity to sit and read his debut sci-fi space opera novel, I would have wet my gambeson laughing. And yet... here we are...

Reading like a cross between a slightly toned-down version of Peter F Hamilton's "Fallen Dragon" and Robert A. Heinlein's "Starship Troopers" with a touch of "The Abyss" movie thrown in for seasoning, this is a rollicking tale that has almost every ingredient for a hit story in my books - aliens, genetic engineering, advanced weaponry, nanotechnology, artificial intelligences, wargames, FTL flight via wormholes, intrigue, hidden past lives, plot twists that make a bowl of spaghetti look like it's on Dress Parade... un-flaming-beatable.

To take a little of the shine off and put a bit more perspective on though... this is clearly a debut novel for Steve. Though it has been meticulously researched and all the technology in it is within realistic grasp within the next 4 or 5 decades, there is something about the structure that just feels a little loose... but you know what, I love how it comes across! There's no sign of lofty, pretentious prose, no diamond-hard nuggets of techno-babble... it's a fluid story with a lot of potential, and it speaks to the Kiwi in us.

With this opening gambit, Steve has thrown down the challenge to himself to come up with a Part Two that rocks us even harder... I am dying to know the resolution of the thread that ends this book... some elusive hints and a bit of prediction based on reading a LOT of similar stories... and I have my suspicions as to where that thread is going to go... but I can't be 100% sure. That's pure gold.

One of the things you need to know about this book before you read it, is that NO-ONE, not one single character, is really what they appear to be... covert operatives, hidden pasts, resurrection via technology called "Soul Savers" that stores a copy of your entire mentality... it all leads to some seriously twisted personal interplay... You can't really say the characters are well developed with good depth - even though that feels right - because as the story unfolds, you find out that the characters you think are there, are really just masks, and the real character is still hidden. Brilliant!

Overall, Book Two - Crystal Venom - is already in the works and is about a year away from showing itself. I dearly wish I could get a draft copy of it to proofread for him NOW, this has me so gripped... but he's a busy man, and I shall just have to wait. Wink Icon

Guest comments...

Random listing from 'Books'...

Score: 9.8
Product reviews for listing 6191: Heartside Bay #11 - Lovers and Losers -  Written by: Cathy Cole

Product image for Heartside Bay #11 - Lovers and LosersLife, love and everything in between.

The 11th book in the Heartside Bay Series.

Rhi has arranged for all the couples to go to a music festival. At first everyone is having fun setting up the camp-site, getting their fortunes told and watching the bands perform. But as the trip goes on, misunderstandings lead to arguments and suddenly everyone is fighting.

Will the couples survive the trip or is there going to ... more...

Go to the listing

General Disclaimer...

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Do not copy content from this page. Creative Commons Licence All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the Knock Out News Group. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of kiwireviews.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, on the premise that they have been submitted as the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.

"Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?"

KIWIreviews Help GuideClick here for the Help Guide Subscribe to our Twitter streamVisit our
Twitter feed
Visit our Facebook pageVisit our
Facebook page
Visit our YouTube ChannelVisit our
YouTube channel
Follow us on instagramVisit our
Instagram album
Visit our Google+ pageVisit our
Google+ page
Visit our Flickr photostreamVisit our
Flickr photostream