New forces grow.... Old friends are lost.... New alliances are forged.... Old weapons are made new....
With political unrest growing, the Alliance must rush to rebuild their fleet and expand their sphere of influence before their support runs out. But when the Jung up the ante, the Alliance must turn up the heat.
Captain Nathan Scott and the Sol-Pentaurus Alliance must put everything on the line to save the Sol sector once and for all.
©2015 Ryk Brown (P)2016 Tantor
I am an avid eclectic reader.
It is sad to see this series come to an end. I must say the ending is less than satisfying. Maybe that means there is going to be a spin off series.
Captain Scott wants to attack the Jung and destroy their ability to attack Earth again. Admiral Galiardi is against expanding the war beyond the Sol system. Captain Scott and the Alliance are again thinking outside of the box for a solution. I found that I had to pay attention during battle scenes as Brown had the Arora jumping, but coming out of the jump he would switch to a fighter or the Celestia. The author kept this style up throughout the book as a way to move quickly between various components of the fight. The Jung battleship, the Alliance, acquired in the prior book and rebuilt to include a jump drive goes into battle action in this story. The ending was most unexpected.
I enjoyed the gunship factory and the Princess’s engineering feats. I also enjoyed, for the last time, the superb space battles and all the various characters that are like old friends to me. When will I again hear “The jump flash passed over the bridge”. I do hope Brown will continue this series in a spin-off of some type.
It is about fourteen and half hours long. Jeffrey Kafer did an excellent job narrating the series.
The story is ok. But the narrator just doesn't distinguish his characters and they are mostly all very ponderous and dull. The only two male characters that have a different voice are Josh and Loki. I can't even hardly pay attention to the story anymore because the narration is so boring. I just returned this audio book. I have decided I'm not going to ever find out whether Earth defeats the Jung.
I felt the overall story was quite engaging, if not confusing at times. The structure seemed a bit odd where the fist half of the book the Alliance dominated the Jung and the second half of the book tried to make up for that imbalance. Some spaceship chase sequences were particularly implausible where two experienced pilots get put to shame by a newbie soldier recruit.
Jessica is still being possessed by some sort of madness. The only plausible way the to explain her continued uncharacteristic behavior is perhaps to come up with a rationalization that she might be an abuser of stims or some other performance enhancing drugs which could explain why she's acting so strangely the last couple of books.
Personally I was looking toward a cathartic ending but there's a cliffhanger instead.
Overall however, I felt too many story arks were in this book were filler and that detracted from the overall scheme of things.
The story was sometimes hard to follow. Narration of the story sounded like the narrator was READ ING a script most of the time. Not saying the narrator was a terrible narrator, just that perhaps this type of story didn't match the narrator's natural demeanor.
From the first book in the series, I was hooked. Besides the great story lines, Brown has deftly matured his characters through the crucible of war, battle, and survival. Some mature faster than others, but all are growing in depth. This latest installment keeps the characterization on the same track. I would have never imagined at the beginning of the series that Nathan Scott would mature into a thoughtful, careful leader who, at the end, makes the tough calls. This is worth every minute of time. I also compliment Jeffrrey Kater. I did not care for his reading in the beginning. However, he too, has matured in his craft and listeningf to him is enjoyable.Thumbs up to the team for this one. Bring on the next.
The story just gets better and better. When the alliances are growing and they finally managed to find the Jung's home planet. As the underdogs Captain Nathan Scott and his alliances manage to attack the the Jung at their home planet, but it has consequences.
The end of the book. When Captain Nathan Scott try to establish a truce between the Alliance and the Jung.
The battle for Nor-Patri
The end of Tanna.
Can't wait for the last 15 books!
half baked ideas and plots started and never developed only to be closed (maybe) by a coment later as an after thought. at this late date this author should have developed in his skill. He has not. I do get a laugh of how much they think his books are worth . so there is that.
Not even a distant third to the masters. Narrator can be very annoying at times as his cadence and whispering stage cues ...he said she said ....will really get under your skin. Although it does not happen too often in this volume.
and the ending, not even close to selling it, wow I'll just make this valiant sacrifice at the drop of a hat, that alone should have been developed.
me I cheer when stupid characters are killed or worse. Even better when it's the good guy as that poor character needed a mercy killing from the authors writting.
In the end if you have little else to do and need your fill of this genre, this is bottom of the list and a test of you tolerance to get your fix only after consuming The best of the best, the best, the average, the sub par, the tedious, the pool you done. THEN I would say beat your head against a post, preferable until moderate brain damage occurs... Then... we'll not even then... but you'll be able to appreciate in horror the preciousness time you have wasted alive 9ne this Earth reading /listening to this Author.
worst of the series very unsatisfactory ending. had high hopes for the ending of the series only for it to fall flat on its face. last chapter just felt like the author gave up and came up with a random ending like he was sick of writing anymore.
"The Saga continues"
What is there to say? More of the same as the war with the Jung heads towards a denouement. If you have enjoyed the series do far you won't be disappointed.
"A brilliant end to the first part!"
I have enjoyed this series very much and the last chapter of this episode gets you I can't wait for part two!
"Great saga! "
It starts as any other sc-fi... But ends like the best (with of course steady increase throughout the entire 15 books :)). At the beginning I had mine doubts but those disappeared faster than snowball in hell as story unfold. Overall 5 star listen to me.
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