It's always darkest before the dawn!
In Empire of Bones, Commander Jared Mertz and Princess Kelsey scored a stunning victory over the savage Pale Ones. Yet they paid a terrible price for it, one that left their ship crippled and changed the Princess forever.
As Kelsey struggles to master the combat enhancements the Pale Ones forcibly implanted inside her and Jared works feverishly to resurrect an ancient battlecruiser, they discover the Pale Ones aren't as defeated as they seemed.
Jared and Kelsey race to unravel the secrets behind the ancient rebellion that destroyed galactic civilization and thwart unseen foes determined to take their new ship and their lives. If they fail, an entire planet dies.
©2014 Terry Mixon (P)2015 Terry Mixon
I love good science fiction with well developed characters and plot, this series is perfect.
Probably one of the most talented female narrators of our time.
This was a very satisfying sequel. It has it all; action, rich storylines, memorable characters and a damn big falling rock. Terry Mixon draws on his background as both a former service man and NASA consultant to enrich his world with authentic nuance.
In addition, the choice of Veronica Giguere as the narrator was genius. Her talented, skillful and mellifluous voice always makes listening a joy.
I am listening to something everyday!
Enjoyed the book! Worth the credit.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
So far All of Terry Mixon's books in this series have been amazing I suggest reading.
I received a copy of this book free in return for a unbiased review. My review is it is a must read.
I enjoyed listening to this second installment in the Empire of Bones Saga.
New adventures and not a rehash of events in the first novel--the story moves forward. A new threat, in addition to the Pale Ones. Plenty of action and a good measure of intrigue. My only minor concern was the focus on Princess Kelsey, learning to control and deal with her implants. It seemed to be too much of a focus in the early parts of the novel. It might be that I just enjoyed the storyline more when it focused on Commander Mertz.
The narrator again did a top job.
Looking forward to the next installment. In the mean time, I will listen to book 1 and 2 again.
I purchased the first book because I listen to the Dead Robot Society podcast. It captivated my attention and pulled me along better than expected.
When it was finished I HAD to find out what happened next. Veil of Shadows pulled me into the characters lives like I was adventuring long with them.
At the time of this review, book 3 isn't yet in audio. I will just have to read it myself imagining the superb voices that Veronica provided in her masterful performances.
I'll will be ordering the third book right away. I can't wait to find out what happens next!
I would recommend this book to anyone that likes or loved scifi for sure. I am an occasional scifi reader and I can say the story was very well written. The plot lines and hooks keep you in the moment. There were a couple slower spots in the middle I spaced out on but all in all the book was full of action. Great read.
The princess, I liked her attitude. Although I hope she toughens up a bit in the future and takes more of a command role since she is the highest ranking person in the story.
She does Jared and some of the marines very well. The princess voice isn't bad, but some of the marines voice you could forget it's a woman behind the voice.
Ok, I'm going to write a little about what happened in the first book, if you haven't read it, you shouldn't be reading this review.
Having said that, this book was a bit better than the first. I really liked the Princess in this story and personally feel that she's taken over the story. The Brother, Jared, isn't all that interesting. He also doesn't seem to have much insight into war.
Again, the princess is a really fun character; I hope she grows a bit more of a backbone considering she's a princess.
I think the technology has become a lot more interesting than the first. Mixon does a really good job describing the technology without info-dumps.
The only downside to the story was the overpowered feel of the technology. I didn't feel like they were in enough trouble at any one point, nor any short-comings of the technology. Besides that, I really liked the story and look forward to getting the third book.
A few things would have made this four or five star story. (I'll talk about the narration later.)
Characters. I felt that the characters were not very far removed from cut-and-paste sci-fi tropes. I never found myself caring whether they would live or die. None of the character voices engaged me. I found their struggles were far too easily overcome when a little bit more work could have made them so much more sympathetic. The Princess, for example: torn apart and given invasive implants. No scarring. No long-lasting trauma rather than some bad dreams and her only worry seems to be that people will think she's a pig for eating so much food. (She doesn't gain weight either. I know a lot of ladies who would KILL for her problem. How does this make her sympathetic?) Rather than put her through the grinder and make her struggle through the ramifications, she seems to be given a free pass. I was disappointed by this character trend.
Plot. One word sums up my opinion of the plot: Meh. It was predictable all the way through. The villains let you know what they plan to do at the beginning of the book and then near the end they do it. There was no shock or surprise. The few times that I didn't see events coming they felt contrived, as there was absolutely no foreshadowing I could detect. As I got closer and closer to the end, I was hoping and praying for some big twist that would turn everything upside down and force the heroes to think on their toes and come up with an imaginative way to use Chekov's various guns to come up with a satisfying ending but it never happened. It was all so linear.
Setting. I loved the setting. It was an excellent mix of the strange and the familiar. It was the part of the book that I found the most interesting by far. There were some very unique and fascinating concepts. Good work.
I rated the story at three stars because although it wasn't "bad", it wasn't good either. I might give another of the books a try, although definitely not the audio version.
I have not listened to any of his other books.
I'll be blunt. I could not stand the narration. In another type of story, the narrator would have been just fine but I could not stand her voices. The princess sounded like a twelve-year-old girl (which made her "moments" with the sergeant downright creepy).
I cringed every time she did a male voice. I actually got to the point where I dreaded male dialogue. It would have been much better if she hadn't tried to do voices for each of the characters. She's a fine orator, but a terrible voice actor.
Speaking of voice actors, I couldn't help but think that the story would have been a lot faster if the main characters had realized that all the villains spoke in creepy and sinister voices and taken them out as soon as they spoke. So many lives could have been saved. My point: Villains should NOT be moustache-twirling men with evil laughs. They should talk like everyone else.
I wouldn't cut anything, but I would rewrite most of it.
Another couple drafts and a different narrator would have done a world of good.
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