In fact I'm here to rant away about his latest, Out of the Dark. In which he does a huge dis-service to several tropes in SF. I shall spoiler the rest because it contains entire plotlines and the ending. Read it before you read the book. Please.
Question-is there one unconventional character in this book? NO. Not a single female in a non-traditional role (ala Harrington, who in her universe isn't really unconventional, just good at what she does), a single character from a non European culture, but in name only, and the aliens are indistinguishable except by species. (go see the stereotypes thread in Serious Business) They are also rather stupid, for a species that has been dealing with numerous other species for thousands of years.
Question-is this entire novel a series of tropes, propped by by cardboard characters and the stupidity of the "bad guys?" You betcha! Humanity is the baddest species ever discovered because we don't know how to submit (as a group) to displays of superior power. Humans (especially American humans) are such superior weaponsmiths that we kick alien ass with our .45 caliber handguns! Our F-22s can over power alien troop transports! Our ability to make IEDs is galactically unknown!
And then-just when we have done all of the fighting we can, but the aliens are about to create a bioweapon to kill us all-our secret weapon arrives. Vlad Dracula (yes, really) comes down out of the Romanian mountains, convinced that a threat to the entire species is enough reason to stop hiding. So he kills off enough of the alien command structure that he can take over their spaceships and send them off to kill the alien homeworlds. Yep, humanity gets saved by vampires at the last possible moment.
Why, Mr Weber, Why? Sprinkling your novels with hardware specs. has gotten boring. You didn't find ONE NEW THING to say about this story. You don't even have a recognizable authorial voice-instead sounding more like your collaborator than yourself. The ending just plain sucks-if vampirism is transmitted between humans and vampires, then vampires are not a different species, just a developmental stage of humanity. And here they act as a deus ex machina, not even being interesting as vampires.
Although I lost much of my respect for the plotting in the Harrington books once I realized that you had ripped off the French Revolution in toto, the characters made up for a lot. Can't say that here.
Time for a rest Mr. Weber-this is crap and I don't deserve having it presented as good writing by a good author.