After a century of warfare, humanity finally discovered the Achilles heel of the Ryall, their xenophobic reptilian foe. Spica - Alpha Virginis - is the key star system in enemy space. It is the hub through which all Ryall starships must pass, and if humanity can only capture and hold it, they will strangle the Ryall war machine and end their threat to humankind forever.
It all seemed so simple in the computer simulations: Advance by stealth, attack without warning, strike swiftly with overwhelming power. Unfortunately, conquering the Ryall proves the easy part. With the key to victory in hand, Richard and Bethany Drake discover that they must also conquer human nature if they are to bring down the alien foe.
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This is a little strange to me that the first book was written in 1986 the second in 1987 and then this one in 2002, that is a big gap in time but as it turns out it was for the better.
The first 2 books were sorta "dated" having some things in them that were, well, the best way to put it was "out of the 80's" and then this book in 2002 somewhat cleared up those things as well as add to some of the science as some thigns were missing in the first 2 books.
The "victory" that is in this book is something that you can probably figure out, but in case you cant I wont ruin it for you, we will say that what happens is not as expected but it exactly as expected - that is to say that the outcome was expected but the way it came about wasn't.
The thing about Michael McCollum is that his books that I have read when the "thing its all about" is over the book is over, there isn't anything really after the "thing" is over whatever that is, I wish there were some little after that but they do end properly.
I liked these 3 books and I hope a prequel is written because I think there can be like 3 more books before this one if not more than that.
I liked Antares Victory, a good cap to the series. All the characters come in to their own and play a role. The battles are well described, thought out and detailed. The space travel is very 'realistic'.
My main point that I love about McCollum, is that he is "fair". What I mean by this is that he doesn't give the bad guys superior advantage or have the hero's do stupid things to progress the plot. Both sides are well balanced. A lot of books give handicaps to the protagonists to make it exciting. In this book, the humans are just as likely to win the day as the enemy.
What I liked least is actually connected to the above... It goes a little too well for humanity. This book is really fun to listen to, but it seems to go all in humanities favor. No main characters die off, and by the end of it, I'm thinking, "oh new space battle! how is humanity going to kick butt this time??" instead of "oh new space battle, how is humanity going to faire?"
Overall though, I think this book is very fun.
My favorite character is most likely Adimiral Gauer. A hard steadfast, and unsung hero of the Sandar fleet.
A very good job. While I think he comes off sounding a bit creepy when doing women, they all sound different. I can recognize who's talking just by listening to them speak.
It would be nice! It leaves you with a good feeling, but still open ended
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Had me engaged to the end. He kept the character dynamic consistent with the earlier works, but managed to squelch the chauvinism a bit compared to the earlier entries in the series.
The aliens in the series were a touch oversimplified, but served the plot well. Not great, but certainly good Sci-Fi.
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