Fleet Admiral Streth has left Rear Admiral Jeremy Strong the difficult task of holding the system of Careth until he can return with a relief fleet. Jeremy is facing impossible odds as the Hocklyns and AIs gather a massive force to crush his fleet and the defenses he has put in place around the bear's home planet. Cut off from the Federation, Jeremy and his people have no idea whether the Federation still exists or if the Hocklyns and the AIs have destroyed it.
In the Federation, Admiral Streth is being forced to play a game of politics to get a relief fleet approved. His biggest fear is that he won't arrive back at Careth in time to save Admiral Strong. He knows that time is running out and he might be forced to take some desperate measures.
©2014 Raymond L. Weil (P)2015 Raymond L. Weil
Let's see, I've liked to story lines/plots for these books but the best I can describe the writing is that the author needs to take some time & effort to learn his craft. Space battles are fought in 3D, at best these are a little 2d but clearly the author seems to only grasp a single dimension and the tactics are pitiful. Also develop character and use imagination in description, "heavy or deep sighs???!!!!" I never want to hear the terms again, also when describing DO IT. Don't constantly use wiggle words like numerous, miriad etc. be specific the an occasional nonspecific means something special. And on and on. I'm going to get book 5 but only because none of my favorite authors who can actually write have published lately!
Unlike some books I've read the writing doesn't get any better. The performance continues at the same level as well. The only thing that saves this book is the story. The repetitive sentences are very irritating as always. Too bad the book couldn't be rewritten and performed by someone else.
I have enjoyed the series to date and would strongly recommend it. The characters are well developed and well played. The only thing annoying is that the writer spends too much time explaining how a main character feels about superficial characters. We are informed about how the admiral feels about another officers technical capabilities and what they are feeling. A lot of this is simply common sense that the communications officer is good at her job and is concerned about the death of other shipmates. It goes without saying. Anyway very good story and easy to follow. Looking forward to final book... end game and then lost fleet.
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