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This second book finishes the mission started in Dreadnaught, getting the fleet back out of alien space. I particularly like how the non-humans are portrayed as completely different and not at all human like.
I also appreciate how Jack Campbell has spent some time dealing with the inevitable communication issues between to completely different species. Why is it that in most other books the 'Aliens' simply speak English? Or at the very least already have the technology to translate themselves?
There are still some very nice space battles, but there seems to be more effort put into diplomacy and solving personal issues within the fleet.
Another solid ‘Black Jack’ book, if you liked the first one in this spin off you'll like this one.
Sounds like a fantastic new series by Mr Larson. There is plenty of scope for promotion of the lead character and with a different mission/book on each new planet the series has the potential to run for a number of books.
The tech is imaginative and well enough explained for a first book (I’m sure he doesn't want to give too much away in the first book). There is also a good balance of combat/love interest/political positioning. Though sometimes the lead character seams just a bit too lucky near the end of the book. I think some of the secondary characters need to do a bit more or be a bit luckier in combat. Wars are won by team work, not overly luck individuals.
Can’t wait for the next book in this series.
I thought the first 8 books in this series where very good (though the last couple started to get a bit repetitive). This book however just felt like B.V. Larson was forced to write it by someone with a gun to his head, his hart just was not in it. I felt like he had a list of items he needed to tick off to close out the series and he just worked his way through them.
Particularly annoying to me was the sudden inconsistencies in this book that have never happened before. For example, before a particular mission a piece of important kit is removed from all the ships (a good reason is given), but then during the mission they find they need that kit so they use it. No comment is given about how they suddenly have these items which where all offloaded before the mission, no ‘lucky for Rigs one captain disobeyed orders’ no ‘thankfully the factories had produced more while on route’.
I have just finished ‘Steel World’ also by B.V. Larson and have found it to be a good start to a possibly good new series. I just don’t think he should have written (or at least released) ‘The Dead Sun’ unless his hart was in it. I truly believe that he wrote this book under duress.
The Narration by Mark Boyett is just as good as all the previous books in the series. I can’t fault him.
By all means, if you are the type of person that needs closer then you should read/listen to this book, but it is not B.V. Larson’s normally good work.
A nice continuation of the story and it is good to see some variation. But is it me or did it seam as though the back half the book was read like Dina was not allowed to go to the toilet until she finished the last word?
For those of you that have read "Live Free or Die", note that this book seams to start a little before the end of that first book in order to develop some new characters’.
After getting into space in the first book, this one shows the expansion of humanity into space and the training up of the space industry, expanding on Tyler's previous work.
While the book does tend to indicate that you have to be an American to do anything worthwhile, it also pokes a bit of fun at the fact that there is often so much political red tape that it might be used to tie the moon to earth.
It is true that this book has less outright battles in it (though the battles that it does have are epic) and also less detail on the preparation of the physical instruments of war. Instead, it concentrates more on the development of individuals and (as noted by many other polarised for or against reviews), the interactions between personal raised in different cultures and how they react when required to work together. It is also worth pointing out that many of the differences discusses seem to have as much to do with ones position (Class if you will) within a given culture as the culture itself.
This book, like most written these days, could easily be extended with additional works however, I feel that it also concludes at least the first three books nicely enough to put the series down for now. So, if you don’t like to start a series until it has finished in order to avoid waiting for pending books to finish the story, this book will allow you to read at least the first three in the series.
I can listen to it while driving to work without being interrupted by the kids at home while trying to read the book ! Way to go audio books!
The unexpected twists and personalities of the 'other intelligent life forms'
I think Christian has done a good job of trying to convey the mood (stress, happy etc). Jack Cambell's intro gave me a better appreciation of the difficulties in writing Science fiction.
This book was an excellent continuation of the original series while still starting a new phase of Black Jack's life. While I don't think you have to have read (or listened to) the first 6 books, why wouldn't you? The background from the previous books is helpful.
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