The Confederation of Independent Systems fleet anchorage on Rift was unprepared for the sudden and devastating attack by the Xotoli. Until the attack the Xotoli, the only other known spacefaring race, had rebuffed all attempts at contact of any kind. Now in a Pearl Harbor style attack the Xotoli intend to destroy the Confederation's Pleiades Fleet and occupy Rift.
All that stand in their way are the men and women of the Confederation's peacetime Navy and Legion. Men like Colonel Dasan Daniel Sand who has dedicated his career to preparing for this very attack. Fleet Admiral Usiche Raurk who must find a way to defeat the Xotoli with only the forces she has left after their overwhelming attack. Private Ja Hu who is just months out of training and now must face the most desperate battle humans have ever fought. Destroyer Captain Ririsa Grogen and her crew as they desperately try to fight back and save their ship.
This is the story of the men and women on the Swift Boats, destroyers and battleships; the Legion pilots; the Anjin assassin from Rift; the Legionnaires of the newly formed Armored Infantry; the Von Fleet Corporation's executives; and so many more who must find a way to hold Rift against overwhelming odds.
©2014 Roger Huder (P)2014 Roger Huder
This series has fantastic potential. Solid character development, good plot backgrounds. The only shortcoming was the 2 dimensional battle scenes. Everything occurs on one plane; ships go port and starboard, forwards and reverse, but little transvering in the 3rd plane of up and down or any combination thereof. If the author gets his ships moving in all 3 planes, (in some cases 4), then he has the makings of one rip-roaring space opera here!
The book needs more consistent and logical "science" that doesn't feel so completely made up. It also needs dialogue, narration, and a story that doesn't sound like it escaped from a dirt cheap "B" grade 1950s sci-fi movie. Finally, it needs characters that aren't such B-movie cardboard cutouts.
Probably not, I couldn't finish this book.
I'm not entirely sure if the dialogue and scene descriptions from the book itself were so over the top bad that he couldn't do anything with them, or if he was part of the problem. I think I'd take a chance on him again as long as I thought he had better material to work with.
Everything up to the point where I stopped reading.
This somewhat predictable Pearl Harbor Motif story is worth an read if you have a long summer afternoon to sit on the porch and rest, but that is all, Mr, Trefethen's narration is excellent.
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