Official Review: Milky Way Tango by Roger Alan Bonner

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Official Review: Milky Way Tango by Roger Alan Bonner

Post by kandscreeley » 13 Sep 2018, 09:15

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Milky Way Tango" by Roger Alan Bonner.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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It's rare that a book that leaves me with as many mixed feelings as did Milky Way Tango by Roger Alan Bonner. There were moments of brilliance - futuristic scenes and technology that left me breathless. But, then there were the times when I wondered what exactly was going through the author's head. It was fascinating... and frustrating.

Jimmy and Sarah are deeply, unequivocally, madly in love. Their time together, however, is quickly coming to an end as they are both about to attend separate colleges planets apart. As is the case often in life, things don't go exactly according to plan. One night, while at a popular hangout, Jimmy kills two men. Justifiable homicide it may be, as the men were about to plunder, pilfer and rape, but the legal system in Ambrosa is not exactly above board. Jimmy is sentenced to 10 long years at the edge of the belt with no human companionship allowed. Will Jimmy and Sarah's relationship survive this time? To what lengths will they go to keep their love alive?

Let's start with what I enjoyed. I enjoyed the futuristic setting to the story. Sarah goes to college, but it's changed a bit in the future. Gone are the traditional classrooms with professors. Oh no. Now, you learn by virtual reality at your own pace. In addition, there is something called a snooper which can guide you around campus, tells you when you have a meeting and much more. It's almost like your own personal PDA but much more advanced. The human race is now spread out across many planets and solar systems. There are manned navigational arrays to help star ships which, by the way, are complete with jump engines. If you're a sci fi geek, like me, you're on the edge of your seat already.

Furthermore, I appreciated the realism of the characters. As you can tell from the summary, Jimmy is not your average young adult angel that you see in most stories. He has flaws, weaknesses as does Sarah. At one point, Sarah is very bitter about what happened to Jimmy, and why shouldn't she be? But, you find yourself asking if she'll even recover from this fatal blow. There is also an artificial intelligence that Jimmy interacts with that adds another dimension to the character list.

Unfortunately, the book is not all sunshine and roses. There were random sex scenes littered throughout the pages. Even if you enjoy eroticism, these were not at all sensual or sexy. It was more of a random encounter between two consenting adults rather than being romantic or loving. The partners were never the same twice, and there was quite a variety regarding the hook-ups. Rather than furthering the plot, they served only to make it more disjointed.

Additionally, you haven't met a cliffhanger until you've read this book. There is a sequel, so it is somewhat justified. Even so, this was not a few minor issues left unspoken. This was an on-the-edge-of-your-seat, did that really happen, what is going on, major plot arc left unresolved. Nothing was wrapped up, and the author absolutely left me hanging. It just didn't seem like a good suspense to me. It was more of a "I can't believe he just went there" feeling.

There were also some major formatting errors that left me with no doubt that there was no professional editing. The first thing I ran across was the lack of contents in the table of contents. There was also no delineation when the characters were thinking. What's more, any time the font was in italics, there were huge spaces between words and punctuation. Luckily, the actual misspelled or missing words were kept to a minimum. I conclude, therefore, that at least it did undergo proofreading.

All in all, Milk Way Tango earns a 2 out of 4 stars from me. I removed 1 star for the editing issues and another for the major cliffhanger and disjointed nature of the story. I would recommend this for those that enjoy futuristic fiction that are willing to overlook indiscriminate, unprovocative erotic scenes and an ending that is unsatisfying. For my part, I don't think I'll be seeking out the sequel for this one.

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Post by Dael Reader » 13 Sep 2018, 16:12

Thanks for this review. While I love delving into a futuristic sci-fi story once in a while, I can not overlook indiscriminate, unprovocative erotic scenes and an ending that is unsatisfying. You've saved me some time that I can spend on reading a better book.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 13 Sep 2018, 17:25

The futuristic aspect of this plot is intriguing but like you, I would be frustrated too. I enjoyed your review.

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Post by Emi_Review » 13 Sep 2018, 17:30

I'll be honest, when I saw the title and cover, I was actually expecting it to be an erotica rather than sci-fi as described. I was almost right! The actual plot sounds good but I really dislike erotic scenes that are just thrown in that do not further the plot or characters, I've said it many times before and I'll say it again, it just bores me and makes me want to skip it. The ending would leave me feeling unsatisfied and almost cheated, you'll have to buy the sequel if you want to know what happens. I'll skip this one, thank you for your review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Sep 2018, 18:27

Dael Reader wrote:
13 Sep 2018, 16:12
Thanks for this review. While I love delving into a futuristic sci-fi story once in a while, I can not overlook indiscriminate, unprovocative erotic scenes and an ending that is unsatisfying. You've saved me some time that I can spend on reading a better book.
It's really just too bad. There were parts that were great. Thanks for your comments.
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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Sep 2018, 18:27

Cecilia_L wrote:
13 Sep 2018, 17:25
The futuristic aspect of this plot is intriguing but like you, I would be frustrated too. I enjoyed your review.
Thanks!
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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Sep 2018, 18:30

Emi_Review wrote:
13 Sep 2018, 17:30
I'll be honest, when I saw the title and cover, I was actually expecting it to be an erotica rather than sci-fi as described. I was almost right! The actual plot sounds good but I really dislike erotic scenes that are just thrown in that do not further the plot or characters, I've said it many times before and I'll say it again, it just bores me and makes me want to skip it. The ending would leave me feeling unsatisfied and almost cheated, you'll have to buy the sequel if you want to know what happens. I'll skip this one, thank you for your review!
Thank you. Even if you are looking for an erotic story, this wouldn't be one I would recommend. Those scenes were not very good.
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Post by CryptQueen » 13 Sep 2018, 22:09

Dang, sounds like Mass Effect fanfiction or something. Sorry, you had to go through that. Nice review.

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Post by gen_g » 14 Sep 2018, 01:13

This sounds like it has decent world building, but it's such a pity that the story is disjointed since it's an important aspect of any story. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 14 Sep 2018, 02:19

Thanks for the candid but the brutally honest review! :) The author seems to hook the reader's interest with a futuristic setting but fails to provide a proper structure to the story. Further, an unsatisfying end will be a turn-off for me.

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Post by inaramid » 14 Sep 2018, 09:20

Uh, no. As soon as we got to the "random sex scenes," I began to seriously doubt the message of the book. There might be a market for this though, but the lack of editing is really unfortunate. Thanks for the information!

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Post by joshfee77 » 14 Sep 2018, 23:54

Sounds like a frustrating read. Unfortunate, given this author's excellent thriller A Thing of Dark Imaginings which I reviewed recently. Think this one was written before that, so he has clearly learned a lot since then. Thanks for your honest review. Don't think I would enjoy this one either!

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Post by kandscreeley » 15 Sep 2018, 09:33

CryptQueen wrote:
13 Sep 2018, 22:09
Dang, sounds like Mass Effect fanfiction or something. Sorry, you had to go through that. Nice review.
Thanks. I saw moments that were brilliant. I know it could be good. But it does need work.
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Post by kandscreeley » 15 Sep 2018, 09:34

gen_g wrote:
14 Sep 2018, 01:13
This sounds like it has decent world building, but it's such a pity that the story is disjointed since it's an important aspect of any story. Thanks for the review!
Yes! He knows how to build a world. Now to clean up the story a bit. Thanks.
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Post by kandscreeley » 15 Sep 2018, 09:35

Debjani Ghosh wrote:
14 Sep 2018, 02:19
Thanks for the candid but the brutally honest review! :) The author seems to hook the reader's interest with a futuristic setting but fails to provide a proper structure to the story. Further, an unsatisfying end will be a turn-off for me.
It just needed a bit more cohesion. Thanks for commenting.
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