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?
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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.
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.
The story was very good. This was the second of the series. The narration was very good also.
As with most sci-fi stories, the reader has to be educated on the various technologies and jargon. That was acceptable.
What was tiring was the author's multiple romantic interludes. He could have saved a lot of hours by omitting some of those. It's good to know that the protagonist is capable of relationships, but enough is enough.
If I want a romantic novel, I'll get one. I still like the story and I'm interested in what happens to the characters so I bought the 3rd book and I'll probably get the 4th.
You really should have read part one before this book. If you have read part 1 then you will enjoy part 2. The story is heating up. Lots of action and tense moments. Still no profanity, which I appreciate. All around a good book.
This book has real tension and considerable feeling. The story is engaging and hard to put down. I've bought the next book and will read/listen to that soon. Yes, better than the first, I'm very happy to report. Hope there are more than just these three.
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