A hostage uses the Princess Cecile to regain his freedom and his throne; an ally plots with enemies of Cinnabar, knowing the plan can only be safeguarded by destroying the Princess Cecile; a pirate chief joins in a cutthroat battle with a rival, and the Princess Cecile is a pawn.
Daniel, Adele, and their crack crew must battle bureaucrats and traitors, the winds of a barren desert, and the strains of a voyage never before attempted. If they succeed at every stage, their reward will be the chance to fight another enemy: one which can blow them and a hundred ships like theirs to vapor!
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"Grand fun for lovers of action in high space." (Booklist)
"The suspense on the way to the climactic battle is genuine, and the action scenes are up to the author's very high standard." (Publishers Weekly)
"Filled with battle scenes on the ground and in the far reaches of space, this sf adventure should appeal to fans of military sf." (Library Journal)
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
Perhaps, my expectations were a bit high?
But I definitely enjoyed the book,and confirm my point I will read the next one.
This second book in the series was, I felt, FAR more in line with the Aubrey-Maturin (sp) source material, with a lot more starship combat AND shore-time intrigue. It would be a rousing read, I have no doubt. However, once again Victor Bevine's voice lends itself more to the calm cadences of bedtime tales than to the derring-do of Leary, Mundy, and their compatriots. He's good, and it's not enough to stop me from downloading the next book as soon as I finished this one, but I would like to have had more energy, more gusto, out of at least the tense, action-packed moments with which the novel abounds.
I find Book 2 better then 1. I like the author don't spend too much time building in new characters which make the story move smoother and easier to understand.
I also found the narrator's voice to be excellent and easy on the ear. Though I prefer a female voice Victor Bevine is great on these books. If you like David Weber
Honor Harrington Series you should like this. Got to go back to finish the Harrington
series first then I'll be starting the RCN Series.
While I believe that David Drake read the Aubrey-Maturin books by Patrick O'brian, I'm not sure he understood what about character interaction between Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin made the books so great.
It's clear that he has aped the style, as was his intention, and as long as you aren't expecting Aubrey-in-space, then this series is perfectly fine. It's entertaining, written well enough that I'm not cringing throughout, and I enjoyed it.
I wish he hadn't mentioned anything about O'Brian's series, because it's difficult not to contrast the two now, but the RCN books stand on their own well enough.
Unlike everyone else who has listened to this series I didn't have a problem with the narrator.
If you are looking for a better-than-average series (unlike this very average one) in a similar vein, the Honor Harrington series by David Weber is far superior, and can also be found here on Audible. Alternatively, if you haven't yet, you should certainly listen to the Aubrey-Maturin books, which can also be found on Audible.
I didn't hear Book 1, but Book2 hooked me on the series. Moving on to book 3.
The story has a tranquil feel to it. Excellent Narration.
With Nathan Leary, RCN LT. at the helm of the Little Ciss there is an almost sure victory ahead of them. All the Spacers say so after his track record in killing Alliance ships and spanning the nexus in record time. But Lt. Natan Leary, only feels half his team has arrived until the most intregal part of his personal staff and friend arrives, Mistress Adele Monday. Whom He has known only a year but does not know how he ever survived before they met and became friends and shipmates. She is the closest friend Leary has ever had in a female of his class.
Compelling story line. Nicely narrated. Interesting characters and plenty of action. Well recommended to those that enjoy the genre.
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