M Jela is a soldier, genetically engineered, of the "M" strain. He's still young, but a hardened warrior, and very nearly gets killed in space battle with the Sheriekas, humanity's enemy returned after centuries of absence. The Sheriekas' distant ancestors used to be human; that hasn't been true for a very long time. And the Sheriekas' plans for the galaxy, and the universe, are not compatible with human survival.
Cantra yos'Phelium is a jump pilot with a surprisingly well-armed ship, and a murky background.
They meet up by chance when Jela is trying to hook up with his intended contact, on a detached assignment intended to bring the war to the enemy, and Cantra is just seeking some enjoyable downtime on a stopover before taking off with her new cargo. Events lead to them fleeing the planet together, in Cantra's ship, with Dulsey, a batch-grown slave of the owner of the restaurant they dined at. Oh, and Jela's tree, a sentient tree he rescued off of the planet where he nearly died.
And their adventures have barely begun.
This is fast-paced space opera, with Lee & Miller's typically excellent pacing, mood, and character development. It's also a peek back at the origins of the Liaden Universe their fans have come to know and love. You don't need to be familiar with other books in the larger series, but if you are, there is some extra fun along the way in recognizing things that will be very significant to later generations.
What can I say but great fun, and highly recommended.
I bought this book.
I previously reviewed this as a 4 star book, and said that I had mixed feelings about reading number 2 after finishing, but was happy when I did. This was my first experience with the Liaden books. Having now read the Agent of Change sequence, I'm now giving this one a 5, since it really brings the whole universe to an entirely different level. On it's own, still a good book, but personally, I'd start with Agent of Change then come back to these later.
I'm a long time fan of speculative fiction, having started with Isaac Asimov and Andre Norton. I do read other things, of course.
Not better, but certainly different!
One of my favorite moments is when Jela turned around to rescue Cantra when they are escaping from The Uncle.
He did a very good job with the voices. I never quite knew before what a Rimmer accent sounded like!
Very slow and hard to follow. Too many weird creatures. I didn't understand the plot nor storyline. I couldn't relate to the creatures and worship of a tree. Hated this book. I gave story one star but somehow it went to two. It should be no star at all even the reader was poor.
Geeky, weatherman, birdwatcher, ultra-marathoner (if you've never run 50 to 100 miles for fun you wouldn't understand)
As far as styles I'd say this book is along the same lines as B.V. Larsons Swarm series. Lots of high tech yet well developed characters.
Kevin does a great job with the various voices and is so consistant it helps to keep the mental image in sync with the story.
It would have to be from an old song by REM. "It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine"
I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series and parralel series.
Please, NEVER recommend an abridged book for me. Really. I love to read and I've become really addicted to audios.
Actually a better story. As far as "military sc/fi" goes this is more touchy feely than I like.
Not too bad.
It's not a book I'd care to edit as I don't think I'm the target audience.
The 2 main characters. They are very compelling and able to pull in the reader.
This is my first book read by Kevin T. Collins... and I fell in LOVE! I will now seek out other books he's read just to hear him read! He truly did an excellent job.
Can one man save the universe from destruction?
Book started off slow for me, by skipping some time... but picked up. I ended excited to read the next book.
I picked up this book based on the brilliant reviews. Unfortunately, I was somewhat disappointed by the series. While it is certainly not bad as such, it was not all that interesting either. I listened to Crystal Soldier and figuring, hey, with such good reviews, maybe it picks up in volume 2, I listened to that one as well. It was pretty much the same though, and I did not finish the series.
about top third
The story kept up. It has an interesting story line and I did not get bored listening to it.
The fight scene where the hero and heroine nearly get hammered!
An enjoyable story. I want to read the rest of the trilogy.
The reason to fight on found in a soldiers ambition to duty. Jella and tree meet contra & dulce. The plot thickens.