A war within
Colonel Ray Longknife and Marine Captain Mary Rodrigo were once enemies in an interstellar war. Now they're working together to keep the peace. But can they protect themselves from an enemy they can't even see? When a bad space jump flings their starship thousands of light-years away from home, Longknife and Rodrigo make an amazing discovery: a planet inhabited by the descendants of a ship's crew - lost three hundred years earlier.
As acting ambassador, Longknife is eager to welcome the planet's population back into the fold of humanity. But Rodrigo is suspicious. She senses that something is wrong under the planet's veneer of peace and prosperity. And she's right....
©2001 Mike Moscoe (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Unanswerable, as I only bought audio version. One thing that would probably make the audio version better than print version is the way Michael McConnahie's delivery made even the most mundane lines sound like the whole story hinges on whatever is happening. If McConnahie narrated the act of eating a bowl of cornflakes before work on some Tuesday morning, he could make it sound like the fate of nations is in the balance. Add some bananas to that cereal bowl and humanity's continued existence is now up for grabs. I am a better person after listening to him.
In the interests of full disclosure, I really do not feel I need to compare this book to other books. It stands alone, as much as a second book in a series can stand alone, and is a unique contribution to the science fiction genre.
He has a somewhat sardonic, satirical kind of delivery that creates a kind of melodramatic vibe throughout the book. As I previously mentioned, he can pump suspense into just about any scene. This might make some lightweight, pissy listeners look askance and get turned off. To these pretentious whiners I say "Sucks for you - you already bought it and Audible is not going to bounce a friggin' dime back your way!"
McConnahie was the right choice for this book and the others in the series. I do not think I would have enjoyed these books if another narrator was behind the mic.
Will someone please find Victoria - probably the worst sister since the family-unit was invented - a firm no-nonsense love interest? The way that sexless train wreck went about trying to destroy the hopes and dreams of just about every single citizen and visitor to that miserable planet they lived on, all I could think about by around the 3/4's point in the story was "this chick needs a hobby or something to divert her one-tracked vindictive mind and give people who unfortunately find themselves in her general area a break." I started hoping that the author would throw in some "designated Victoria nailer" who starts out sweet and caring but ends up thoroughly and mercilessly pounding her into obedient submission - anyone, guy or gal, hyper - pneumatic cyborg breeding unit, or, hell.... if it will mellow her jumpy ass down, introduce a large rubber coated blunt tube-like cylindrical mechanism into the mix and watch her go!!!
I hope there are more books in this series. I also think McConnahie should be turned on to some more well-written satirical sci fi narrator gigs. I would definitely cough up some jack for the privilege.
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