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 felt that the book got off to a bit of a slow start. There were a few chapters that were interesting...most notably when the main character is learning about her implants and how to fully utilize their capabilities. However, the book in general runs a bit slowly in the first 1/4 before the plot really gets moving.
All in all I would recommend it to anyone looking for something in the scifi genre that has the feel of a videogame. The plot, once it gets going, is interesting and keeps flowing well. The characters and their interactions are really what keep the book going, most notably between the main character and her brother (for reasons that become apparent later in the book). The final chapters are full of action and move very quickly and do a great job of setting up the next book in the series.
Her portrayal of the characters (notably the military ones) was probably my favorite part of the book. She brings life to all of these characters and manages to keep them sounding very distinct. Her narration in the action-centered chapters is accurate and well enunciated; fast enough to keep the action going while not losing the reader in the pacing.
This book was interesting enough that I'm going to read the rest of the series, as I find the material, plot, and characters entertaining and want to know what ultimately happens to them.
Though this book is the second in a series, it is easy enough to pick up and read as a starting point for those interested in the genre. I do think that books in the series from here on out will not be quite as easy to pick up and jump in with, as there are several major plot events in this book that I can see being pivotal/critical to later books.
This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
I am listening to something everyday!
Enjoyed the book! Worth the credit.
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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.
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