The saga of the Rêveur continues in this second novel in the Silver Ships series.
The surviving Méridiens have returned to Confederation space, aided by their recently discovered cousins, the New Terrans. They expect a celebration after their 71-year absence. Instead, they're shocked to find the silver ships have destroyed half the Confederation.
The Méridiens are fleeing in advance of the horde of alien ships. But Alex Racine and his crew didn't come this far to run away from humanity's enemy. They intend to hunt the silver ships. But, to succeed, they need help. Renée de Guirnon, the leader of the Rêveur's Méridiens, reveals a sordid secret of Méridien society: Citizens who defy their House, for any reason, are stripped of their rights, declared "Independents", and imprisoned on the planet Libre. But the Independents aren't everyone's pariahs, especially if you're Alex Racine and you're looking for allies against the silver ships. An entire colony of independent, free-thinking radicals offers just the sort of people Alex wants on his side, so an alliance is struck. Soon the enemy ships will swarm off the planet Bellamonde, and the race begins for Alex and the Librans. The planet must be evacuated and the military force readied before the silver ships attack. Alex knows a battle is coming, but will they have enough time to prepare?
©2016 S. H. Jucha (P)2016 Blackstone Audio
Really only a worth a chapter or a short story not an entire book. Endless about the logistics of evacuating a planet. Some interesting elements but not enough to redeem this installment. Some characters are beginning to deteriorate in to cringe worthy stereotypes.
There's a simplicity and an innocence to the books in this series that reminds me of "Golden Age" science fiction. If you're looking for highly complex plotting, deep and intriguing character flaws, or science based explanations for things you're going to be disappointed. This a series for fun. The good guys are very very good. The bad guys are clearly defined. The technology is interestingly imaginative and entirely unexplained. It's a fun, predictable, good guys win kind of story.
Libre is S H Jucha 's 2nd Silver Ships installment. The bulk of the action takes place in and around the planet Libre, a Meridien colony world which happens to also include the majority of Meridien independents, individuals who don't want to belong to any specific house. While Alex regroups, replenishes and builds up his forces, he also collects intelligence on the silver ships. Analysis suggests Libre is the next target which sets the main Meridien battle strategy in motion which is to flee. Losing the planet is inevitable, but the fledgling military achieves some of its objectives in straight up fighting
The sci-fi elements are in line with the 1st installment with more creative use of improvised weaponry. The artificial intelligence theme is extended with more players as well as a propensity for art and music. Alex manages to productively engaged these entities which contrasts with standard Meridien interactions that are shallow and of limited productivity. Also, Meridien society is revealed as an unfortunate result of long term complacency such that even death is preferred over minor protocol or safety deviations. Surrounded by Meridien timidity, Terran isolationism, and the Silver Ships inscrutableness, Alex has his work cut out for him, with more implants as the next step. Julian has grown with him and is now probably his best cerebral friend.
Grover Gardner is one of the grand masters of narration which a superb range of characters and a unique talent for accenting his voice to convey thoughts versus spoken words. He also deftly handles the artificial intelligences extremely well and avoids "robotizing" them, while also steering clear of simple anthropomorphism.
This is a great follow-up to Silver Ships. Once again S.H. Jucha provides a story that engages the listener. I especially appreciate Jucha's decision not to use coarse language or contemporary expletives. These books are about the most family friendly contemporary sci-fi that I have found...and yet they lack nothing. Well done and keep it up Mr. Jucha! Can't wait for the next installment to hit Audible.
The author needs an basic understanding of physics. The ending defies any sort of logic when comes to basic physics ie gravity is generated by the mass of the planets/sun etc and has nothing to do with the ecliptic plane of the solar system.
boring- could not keep concentration on the story
no just to the author - I still enjoy a good space story
no he just read the words
was a waste of my time completely
the storyline and the characters within have that familiar feeling like you know the people the details and personal connections that are expressed in the story make it all feel so real
"a good step"
the book and the reeder are great it's got a nice progression to it and I look forward to the next book.
"A bit too Disney ??"
I tried to like the first book, but then gave up quarter way through the second book - so probably not.
Main character is too righteous and always seems to know the answer to everything - so much so the other characters (other than the odd antagonist) dote on him and hero worship him so much I started feeling sick.
The hero saviour story and Grover Gardner's narration style made me start to think I was listening to a childrens novel at bedtime. It's the kind of stroll in the park reading style that removes any feeling of suspense or urgency - as you just know it will just all work out.
Speeding up to 1.25x helps a bit but not much.
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