Caine Riordan, reluctant diplomatic and military intelligence operative, has just finished playing his part repulsing the Arat Kur's and Hkh'Rkh's joint invasion of Earth. But scant hours after the attackers surrender, the mysterious but potentially helpful Slaasriithi appeal to Caine to shepherd a diplomatic mission on a visit to their very alien worlds. The possible prize: a crucial alliance in a universe where the fledgling Consolidated Terran Republic has very few friends. But Caine and his legation aren't the only ones journeying into the unknown reaches of Slaasriithi space. A group of renegade K'tor are following them, intending to destroy humanity's hopes for a quick alliance. And that means finding and killing Caine Riordan. Assuming that the bizarre and dangerous Slaasriithi lifeforms don't do it first.
©2015 Charles E. Gannon (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
This third book is a great continuation story that seemlessly flowed from the prior story right into the action. Caine (along with Ambassador Gassbard) are put in charge of a legation to visit the Slaasriithi homeworld. On the way, their plans are interrupted by the K'tor. This book spends a large amount of time delving into the culture and history of both the Slassriithi and the K'tor. Things that were hinted at in previous books begin to make more sense, but yet more mysteries and questions about their origins are raised.
Caine continues to present super human skills in navigating diplomacy, war, and alien races. It is always a pleasure to see what is happening inside his head and how he reacts to every situation. He really is the star of this novel, along with Gassbard and the Slassriithi represneative. There were also a few minor characters that were quite intriguing and fun. However, most of Caine's crew are somewhat forgettable and generic, though their team work was not.
I would say at times some passages could become a tad too long...especially the K'Tor parts. Also, some minor profanity here that could make it less of a YA-appropriate listen.
Overall this was a great third book and continued the story very well, into a majorly enjoyable listen. The narrator continues to do a fine job and never misses a beat.
NOTE: I received this for free in exchange for an honest review.
If you enjoyed Tom Clancy, this series will keep you entertained. Gannon could really use some coaching on how to write female characters, though.
Book 3 is an interesting addition to the Caine Riordan series. But this book isn't for the faint of heart or the easily distracted. Long detailed pages delving into the minutia of biological, mechanical, war theory, and space physics make up a significant portion of this story. I feel my Gannon is leading us into a more spirited Book 4, and maybe Book 5 with this edition. However; the scientific expressions are well thought out and are not overwhelming.
The story is thrilling, detailed, seemingly impossible at times. But, all of that keeps me listening.
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