In this second novel, the Earth is invaded and all of Earth's defenses and plans are finally put to the test.
I absolutely loved this novel. ..Show More »Everything that made the first one great is continued here. It was fun learning more and more about the alien races in the accord, and about all of Cochran's defense plans for Earth. The interplanetary politics and the military space battles were fun. There were some really great alien characters and Caine continues to be a fun diplomat/rebel/secret operative who is always in extraordinary circumstances and uses his brains and wits to git out of them.
For the audible version, this is one of the best narrators I have ever heard. He nails all the characters quite well (though I don't really care for the southern accent of the Opal character), and he never misses a voice. His voice for Caine really brings the character to life.
Overall, I was quite saddened when the novel finally ended as I wanted it to keep going. I guess I'll have to eagerly await the next book in the series. One of my favorite reads/listens in a long time.
NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
This third book is a great continuation story that seemlessly flowed from the prior story right into the action. Caine (along with Ambassador Gassbard..Show More ») are put in charge of a legation to visit the Slaasriithi homeworld. On the way, their plans are interrupted by the K'tor. This book spends a large amount of time delving into the culture and history of both the Slassriithi and the K'tor. Things that were hinted at in previous books begin to make more sense, but yet more mysteries and questions about their origins are raised.
Caine continues to present super human skills in navigating diplomacy, war, and alien races. It is always a pleasure to see what is happening inside his head and how he reacts to every situation. He really is the star of this novel, along with Gassbard and the Slassriithi represneative. There were also a few minor characters that were quite intriguing and fun. However, most of Caine's crew are somewhat forgettable and generic, though their team work was not.
I would say at times some passages could become a tad too long...especially the K'Tor parts. Also, some minor profanity here that could make it less of a YA-appropriate listen. Overall this was a great third book and continued the story very well, into a majorly enjoyable listen. The narrator continues to do a fine job and never misses a beat.
NOTE: I received this for free in exchange for an honest review.