From the number one best-selling author Saxon Andrew comes the fourth book in the best-selling Annihilation Series, Tommy's Tale.
The Stars Realm is finally at peace and the Algeans are now allies of the Realm. The Gardner's youngest child, Tommy, has made a quest to free the captured Alfont from the Captors that have held them imprisoned for more than sixty million years. The Captors are hundreds of millions of years more advanced technologically than the Stars Realm Military and nothing in the Realm's arsenal can match their ships, some of which are more than 3,000 miles in diameter. The Captors have annihilated more than a million planets whose starships had the misfortune to stumble into their domain and Tommy is putting the Realm on a collision course with these beings that show no mercy. What the Realm doesn't know is that the Captors are coming no matter what course Tommy decides to follow. The difference maker in the coming conflict could be two Algean adolescents that have started their education. These two will find redemption for all the destroyed worlds their race harvested and perhaps even more than redemption, each other.
The Annihilation Series continues and the action is non-stop as the Stars Realm fights to survive its most dangerous opponent.
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Here we are at book four of this series and I have read and enjoyed every one. The trouble is, that I still do not fully understand why. Until recently, the reasons have well resisted rising to the top of my consciousness.
There are plenty of reasons that I could have not liked this series:
- Some of the writing is cliché, syrupy and even goofy ("I love you more than life itself", 'You are close to my heart", "I do not want to live without you").
- The author seems to confused about the differences between interstellar space and intergalactic space and between scale of the two. In fact, the sense of scale in this story in terms of dimension, speed and raw numbers sometimes gets so implausible that it crosses the border into silly land at times.
- The "science" in the "science fiction" feels like something out of the old "Buck Rogers" movies or sometimes even more like the old "Twilight Zone".
All that said, I have loved every one of these books and have pretty much done straight through listens on all of them (plenty of credit to the excellent skills of Liam Owen as well). I think it is because Saxon Andrew's stories provide a vision of what things could be like if we were primarily driven by the desire to love and care for one another and the will to find large non-zero sum solutions for our differences. The strength of these themes make me suspend my disbelief on the types of issues described above and instead look at these stories as inspirational fantasy with a science fiction flavor.
I would recommend these books (especially, but not solely, for young adults) not because they are strong examples of the sci fi genre (as I see it, they are not), but because they provide food for thought on where want to go as a civilization. I am very much looking forward to the continuation of the series.
The book feels like it was written by a 13 year old instead of an adult .The author tries to hard to shock an awe his readers. The author even forgets some of his own details an contradicts himself.
Also China Miéville, Peter Hamilton, good space-opera, No Zombies, Apocalypses, Women who sigh and go weak at the knees when seeing a man!
The book was a fairly satisfying ending with a couple of nice surprises but was for me, (and I am female) a bit too filled with 'oh darling without you I would die' and 'don't worry Dahling, we will live together or die together' s/he said, 'kissing/holding/who care-ing' Way too much. I thought what storyline there was, well, it was OK, but it left too many holes, and was a bit too far fetched to be believed. Although this was the weakest of the four, it seems there are more. So as long as they are not going to become more twee I will try another if it becomes an audiobook. And I can find it!
It's a Communication Thing
I love audio books I do not often read print version.
I found Tommy to be an outstanding character. Like the first book where his father was the core that others developed around. He is the catalysts by which all other outstanding characters were pinned.
Liam has yet another outstanding performance in book 4 of the series. For me he is the voice of their Universe. He is easy to listen to and has a dynamic that brings the characters to life.
When Tommy's best friend was married. It was well written and creates a pivotal foundation for many of the other characters to develop their bonds.
This book is a book of relationships, at a level the other books in the series did not reach.
I hope there will be a fifth book to the series.
"Great but Too Expensive"
i have enjoyed this series tremendously but you don't get a lot of content for your money.
"You should go no further than this book"
The first 3 books are the best, simple as that. This is still a good one, new charters but time frame get push. There is often year gaps between chapters. I understand moving the story but it happen a lot.
You're gonna need a bigger boat. Replace boat with starship and its how this story works. Problem bigger ship and bigger guns. Oh wait by the end of the book there using dark matter weapons. So what's next supernovas???
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