epub pdf The Last CampaignAuthor Martin L. Shoemaker – Andy-palmer.co.uk

The Last Campaign (Review crossposted from Reanne Reads)This is the second book in the series, which I didn’t know when I picked it up There are references to things that happened in the past—at least some of which I’m assuming are from the first book I didn’t exactly have trouble following anything, since things were explained, but I felt like I would have gottenout of it if I’d read the first book.The book starts with some nice humansagainstenvironment action, then quickly gets into somepersonal stuff with the characters It did a good job of pulling me in and getting me connected with them so that I cared about them and what was happening, even if I still didn’t super understand everything yet There’s a politician who shows up and acts like an expletive, as politicians do, which I didn’t love—but that’s a personal thing because I hate politics, even fictional politics.Unfortunately, my interest waned considerably around 20% into the story, when the actual police stuff started, for reasons I’ll explain farther down.I liked the main character at first, but I grew to like her less as the story went on She’s capable, confident, smart, and has integrity But she risks her marriage for the sake of her job, which is wrong And she makes some choices regarding her ex which she should have known were bad decisions.There were times where I thought the pacing was a bit off, where most of a chapter would go by with the characters basically doing busy work without anything substantial (either plotwise or characterbuildingwise) Or where the author would summarize events rather than showing them, which could make the developments feel oddly abrupt and meaningless For example, early in the book, there’s a confrontation that happens between the main character and another guy The confrontation is written well, with plenty of detail and emotion But when they make amends, it’s skipped through with basically just a few paragraphs of summary description I felt like actually having some kind of writtenout conversation between the two of them would have been asatisfying conclusion to that particular story beat.This book wasn’t what I expected it to be I thought it would be a police procedural or detective story in space, where we’d get some good mystery, investigation of crime scenes, tense interviews of witnesses, and peril/fighting/action sprinkled throughout There is a certain amount of most of that (though very little action, except at the end), but the book has a whole lot of politics (Fictional politics about fictional issues, at least, but still very much politics.) Mostly, it has politics and bureaucracy getting in the way Also, journalists who are not even attempting to convey impartial truth but are blatantly pushing certain agendas, including trying to help the campaign of a certain politician while pretending to be impartial And Ijust kind of hate all of that stuff It’s too realistic, and I read fiction for escapism But maybe people who like that sort of realism and who like politics in their crime/police novels will like those aspects.The setting of being on Mars was fairly interesting Mostly, it takes place in a certain Martian city, but because of the facts of being on Mars, things are different in mostly fairly minor ways which build an interesting overall backdrop Personally, there isn’t enough criminal investigation or action in this story for me, and way too much politics I found myself, at various points, not even remembering what exactly they were investigating or why certain developments were important—because so much time was spent dealing with issues of politics that I lost track of the rest of the plot.I think this book has a real problem with stakes For at least half the book, the main crime being investigated is insurance fraud Sure, there are a few murders, but whenever a body appears and things look like they might be gettinginteresting, nothing really comes of it The murder is basically swept aside and it’s back to the insurance fraud case This was a very strange choice, since it should be obvious to anyone that murder is a farinteresting crime to hang a plot on than insurance fraud About 70% in, another criminal scheme was revealed, one which amounted to largescalebuilding without a permit In the very last part of the book, things getexciting, but it came so late in the game that I’d stopped caring and had started skimming.There’s also a problem with the way the investigation (such as it is) is conducted The discussions and theories are very vague, such that the reader in some cases doesn’t actually know what specifically the characters are thinking happened Discussions are vaguely summarized as having taken place, and new directions are said like, “But what if we pursue the simple option?” I don’t read a lot of crime/detective stories, so it’s hard to put this critique into words, but the book just wasn’t written in a way that let me follow along with the investigation very well.I really had high hopes for this book when I started I liked the main character right off, I liked that her husband was a major character and the dynamic they had, I got pulled into what was happening (though that first 20% of the story ended up being nearly irrelevant to the rest of it) But the whole police investigation part was just not what I wanted, since so little time was spent on investigating, even less of that time was spent on investigating the murders, and a huge majority of the time was spent complaining about politics, politicking, doing interviews with the press, figuring out how to spin things politically, etc etc It’s a book about a sheriff trying to do her job and the primary antagonist is politics And the primary stakes are the main character's marriage (where the two of them mostly refuse to actually talk anything out), the mayor’s political campaign, and (what appears for most of the book to be) insurance fraud It just completely missed the mark for me. As much as I enjoyed the first book in the series, I am puzzled by the second book by Martin Shoemaker entitled “The Last Campaign.” The first book was a creative sciene fiction opera set in our solar system and mostly on board a transport vessel “The Last Campaign” uses the same main characters who are now in positions of authority in Mars’ main city of Maxwells City The story mixes a Police procedural with the politics of an emerging society on (and under) the planet’s surface If one opened the book to almost any page of the book one will not find the “science fiction” in the storyline The reason I am a bit disappointed is because I read a lot (and I mean “a lot” of mysteries, suspense, and police procedurals and enjoy that genre immensely: I was hoping for an exciting story told with the imagination for the futurism of a great science fiction saga So thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read the uncorrected proof of “The Last Campaign” and excited to give this author another good read with the next book in the series. This book was very interesting I didn't realize immediately that it's the 2nd book in a sequel, and that made it hard to understand the dynamic between Rosie and Nick, and Marcus And to some extent, Anthony I think I may have to go back and read the first book now, just to see how that all unfolded And the concept of a spaceship becoming a sovereign nation sounds very interesting too! Anyway, here we were in the present, and now the sovereignty in question is of a city on Mars Or really Mars in general There are some surface jaunts in a rover, with camping, but that's about as scifi as this got The rest islike a police procedural There are a string of murders, all connected, and the new, politically appointed sheriff in town has to figure it all out under pressure since it's also an election year It all tied together in the end very nicely What stuck in my mind to ponder after finishing the book was the relationship between Rosie and Nick It felt very much like it was unraveling Rosie does a really unfair thing, accepting an allconsuming job when the two of them were just about to start new business together Nick is understandably upset, and is incredibly difficult to get along with Rosie lives on eggshells to accommodate him Somehow she manages to keep it all from blowing up, even though he is so self involved and withdrawn that he can't be supportive of her at all Or maybe Nick cares enough about her to make an extreme effort to reconcile, though it's outside his nature My experience in and observing these kinds of relationships is that they are continuously fraught and rarely end well It seems like the author has some experience with this as well, and it was good to see that it sometimes can work out, for a time So a bit light on the scifi, heavy on the politics, an interesting and satisfyingly resolved mystery, and a very intriguing character study of a difficult but loving relationship. I really enjoyed this book It was a departure from the style and premise of the first book, and could ultimately be treated as a standalone if there was a bitbackstory put into a prologue or throughout the book The pace and story of this book were engaging There could be a bitin the character development around the team that Rosalia assembled for her command squad I felt like their development was very thin and I never really felt connected with them This normally is not a problem in books for secondary or tertiary characters, but they played a larger role than most throughout this book It would have been nice to dive a bit deeper into their personalities and develop them a bitso you couldfully understand what took place.My only other issue with the book is around the plot development There seemed to be focus given to areas that really didn't affect the overall storyline, while major plot points were glossed over without providing detail or development of the plot Without giving anything away, some of the arrests and corruption were just presented as if it were obvious Maybe I missed it, but it was as if Rosalia had no idea what was going on or who was behind something on one page, but then on the next she is solving the case Also, the ending seemed rushed as well There was no buildup, just a sudden revelation (if you can even call it that) and then a conclusion to the story.I would have liked a bitdevelopment in the plot to bring some suspense and build up to the turns of the book, but overall it was a good read I am not sure if there is a planned sequel to this book, but I will pick it up if/when it is released. A colony on Mars becomes home to a killer conspiracy in a NearEarth Mystery by the awardwinning author of The Last Dance Brazilian investigator Rosalia Morais, and her husband, revered American spacer Nicolau Aames, are building a life together in Mars’s Maxwell City, the fastestgrowing settlement on the planet Good news: there are no natural predators Bad news: there are humans That means the crime rate is growing, tooTo ensure public safety, Rosie’s appointed by the mayor as the Red Planet’s first sheriff No sooner does she build a law enforcement squad than the biggest challenge looks to be internal Policing the police for graft and corruption is one thing But when an industrialist is found among the chars of an arson, it’s murderThe fire leads to questions that can be answered by only one man—Nick’s former officer on the EarthtoMars vessel the Aldrin And Nick is still duty bound to keep the officer’s secrets As loyalties shift, trust breaks, and the tide of a political conspiracy rises, Rosie must solve a mystery that could doom the future of humanity on Mars Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and revies this book The Last Campaign isof a whodunit than scifi, even though it takes place on a recently colonized Mars It is the second book in the series but the author does an adequate job in describing what happened previously so that this is a fine stand alone novel There could have been a better description of the science involved with colonization and the background poiticla situation could have been clarified better That may have occured in the first book but i did not read it The action is firstrate and the characters are believable but the story sometimes moves along ploddingly Not bad, just not great. The second book in the The NearEarth Mysteries series This is an exciting continuation of the characters from the first book The events of the first book are now behind them, they are building a life for everyone in Mars’s Maxwell City when a significant situation unfolds that could end much of the life already established A mixed murder and arson mystery Martin Shoemaker brings a unique skillet to his writings definitely one to watch. A free copy of this book was provided to me so I could write an honest review.I love strong female protagonists and this novel did not disappoint.I love the relationship between Rosie and Nick!I kinda got lost in all the political manuvering.I was bummed that there were no Martians.I will read this one over and over!I wantstories starring Rosie I love her! This is from a fairly prolific author He knows how to tell a tale It has good pacing, interesting characters and decent dialog There's some good mystery as well I suspect this will fly off the virtual shelves once released Recommended.Thanks very much for the ARC for review!! *Thank you, NetGalley, for this ARC*

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