Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Two Stars for Six Days

Six Easy Days got a review on Amazon.com.

2.0 out of 5 stars Find and Replace March 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I really wanted to love this book. The idea behind it was really cute, and so much could have been done. I understand that it's supposed to be a parody of "No Easy Day." But rather than being a parody, I feel like the author literally did a find-and-replace of terms from the original book. And even then, he didn't do a very good job of making changes.

There's references to cars and trucks on a planet inhabited by Bugs.
[ed note: "oops"]
At one point, there is a reference to a failed raid on the AI in 3007. Except it says 2007.
[ed note: "uh, oops again"]
The books says it took 17 hours (including layover) to fly between star systems.
[ed note: "well yeah, that's how long it takes! You can't just drop into hyperspace in a heavy gravity well, you have to rocket your way away from local planets. That's just how it is."]

To add insult to injury, the author tried to tie the book into "Starship Troopers" by Heinlein. I question whether the author has ever read "Starship Troopers," because the author connects Navy SEALS to ST's Mobile Infantry. MI were soldiers, but more equivalent to Marines than SEALs.
[ed note: "I don't know if that really adds insult to injury. The problem with the MI's is in fact that although they were Army, they behaved and were organized like Marines, who are in the Navy. So making Navy SEALS into Army Mobile Infantry who are really Marines doesn't seem like such a stretch. It was a pain though dealing with DEVGRU."]

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