Their ship is damaged…
Ethan Ortane has just met his long lost son, Atton, but the circumstances could have been better. After a devastating bio-attack and the ensuing battle, they've fled Dark Space aboard the Defiant to get away from the crime lord, Alec Brondi, who has just stolen the most powerful vessel left in the Imperial Fleet--the Valiant, a five-kilometer-long gladiator-class carrier.
They are low on fuel…
They need reinforcements to face Brondi, but beyond Dark Space the comm relays are all down, meaning that they must cross Sythian Space to contact the rest of the fleet. Making matters worse, they are low on fuel, so they can't jump straight there. They'll have to travel on the space lanes to save fuel, but the lanes are controlled by Sythians now, and they are fraught with entire fleets of cloaked alien ships.
And there is no way out…
With Brondi behind them, they can't go back, and they can't afford to leave the last human sector in the galaxy to the crime lords, so they must cross through enemy territory in the Defiant, a damaged, badly undermanned cruiser with no cloaking device. Making matter worse, trouble is brewing aboard the cruiser, dropping their chances of survival from slim…to none.
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I think that fans of space opera will enjoy this book. It's a quick read, explains the tech pretty well, and only gets a little redundant with the explanations.
I thought that Scott did a good job creating an interesting story that made you want to see how it ends. Characters had flaws, and nobody was "perfect".
I gave this a 3 star overall rating because the Narrator kept falling into the habit of reading the story as Young Adult themed. This story spans 12 years in the lives of the main characters, and only one of them is under 18. When I read the first book there was a little bit of this YA mentality, but in the 2nd book the narration begins to actually detract from my enjoyment of the story. When I picked up this book series I didn't consider it a YA novel, Dufris read it like a Pendragon Cycle story.
Alara's mother could be removed from the story. Her only actual contribution seemed to be complaints and whining.
I recommend this story to fans of Space Opera. Skip the William Dufris performance, however.
To be honest i never ever get a book with less the 10 hours. but i was desperate and bought it on my phone. and i couldn't be happier. ow the second book gave me the 10 hours and the story i was looking for. if you like dirty, under the gun fast pace sic fi like i do you should love this series
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