Wonderful story, couldn't put it down!
This was an unexpected find, and am I glad I did! I found the story under Romance, and although it has a romantic thread running through it, it doesn't start much later in the story, but despite that the military intrigue, sci fi element, and the interesting characters kept me glued to my seat.
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This is not my typical type of book (I'm a romance addict ;P) but the romance angle—just enough to placate my inner romantic—was enough without ever becoming the main focus (although it was an important element of the plot), in case anyone reading this review is worried about that. I loved the friendships and camaraderie portrayed among the Rangers, and in the later settings as well, and there was enough detail in the "world" to make the whole military angle feel authentic without confusing a noob like myself.
The plot was, in one word, compelling. I believe that is the strength of this story, that and the strong characters, especially Hannah (main character). I loved the twist 2 thirds through where Hannah suddenly doesn't seem to be who we thought, and when she had to shoot "someone" but... well, let's just say it was an interesting turn of events (<– trying to avoiding spoilers here) and then when a traitor was revealed... That left me reeling (never saw that coming, well done!), but it also left me with a lot of questions that were just skimmed over or not answered. But that did leave a lot of room for future books, which is great!
Here's my bit of constructive criticism: This book can use a bit of contextual editing—some chapters start in unexpected ways that left me confused about the setting, some terms are highly specialized and sometimes detracted from the story because they are never explained nor "showed" in context, some of the dialogue reads unnatural or can be condensed and improved to enhance the conflict/exposition of the scene/characters/etc., and I found a handful of spelling mistakes (not a lot)—but these examples are in the minority and did not detract from the sheer delight I got from the book. This book has clearly been edited and proofed and comes across as professional. That made the reading experience so much more enjoyable.
I read it through in one sitting (except when sleep had an inevitable, but very short, victory over my willpower) and I am currently suffering from zombie-like symptoms while writing this, but just the length of my review should already tell you how much I liked the book: the less I like a book, the less I have to say about it. Life's too short to waste on less-than-stellar reads.
So I just want to say well done to the author, "The First of Many" has been an amazing read, and I hope you'll continue the story. May you find many fans who love it as much as I did!