One thing I have come to realize is that audible is full of many so so Sci-fi books that somehow have received decent enough ratings to full even the ..Show More »most relaxed tastes. I am no critic, nor am I a purist, but what I do appreciate is the truthfulness of an honest review, and I have to say, after you listen to some books on here with 4.5 and 5 star ratings from readers, you may begin to wander if your standards are too high, or maybe theirs are too low. This is not one of those books. It’s not Hugo award winning and it’s clear that the author isn’t writing with that in mind. Its good military/paramilitary sci-fi with enough intrigue to keep your interest, but not enough to make you run out and get the next book in the series. This is more of an “in-between” series that you read in between waiting for something you are really eager to come out.
I was polishing up my library card after deciding not to throw good money after bad. My last five Audio purchases were so bad I figured I had lost th..Show More »e touch BUT THEN I bought On Silver Wings and Valkyrie Rising. On Silver Wings was very good but I was still cautious remembering how many "2nd" books are duds. Valkyrie Rising is far, far from it! Character enhancement, calculated battles, futuristic weapons, flowed from the mesmerizing Dina Perlman! The plot thickened and ended promising more to come in Valkyrie Burning! If you losing the faith with today's Sci-Fi offerings, get the first 2 of this series. I'm buying the next one just as soon as I put away my library card!
Valkyrie Burning is the 3rd installment of Evan Currie's Silver Wings series. Valkyrie has been sent behind enemy lines to probe defenses, scout for c..Show More »lues pointing toward the alien home worlds, and recover captured Earth soldiers. After returning to Earth controlled space at Hayden's World and before even getting a chance to catch their breathe, a new alien species coming barreling in to retake the planet. The action takes both in space as well as on the ground, mainly by Sargent Aida who remains the only human to take out Lucian sentinels.
The sci-fi elements are largely in line with the 1st two books, but there is further exploration of the Alliance members with a whole new species handling the space faring military. As with book 2 where part of the story was told from the perspective of the alien ground soldier, book 3 adds to that the perspective of the alien equivalent of a space admiral. In addition, Currie drops some clues regarding the lack of any type of communication as the alien species don't appear to utilize the EM spectrum. The Alliance is shaping up to be a collection of specialized, almost insect-like species that don't necessarily like each other, but interact out of mutual benefit. Hayden's World appears to be located in a region of space sparse for jump points and is the chokepoint for moving between the main body of the galaxy where the Alliance is concentrated and Earth which is farther out. The unique appeal of the planet itself remains to be revealed. Interestingly, humans continue to be viewed as weak technologically relative to the Alliance, but their jack-of-all-trades quality seems to always surprise and impress their adversaries.
The narration continues to excel with an excellent range of voices, good character distinction, and unique alien voices without sounding animalistic. This is a great series that continues to get better with each installment.
The Valhalla Call is Evan Currie's 4th installment in the Silver Wings series. While the tale opens with Sorilla attending West Point (while simultane..Show More »ously training the upper brass in alien warfare tactics), Solcom is planning an ambitious agenda to begin to take the battle to the aliens. At the same time, a large, two part alien fleet is observed to be entering the region around Hayden. Taskforce VII takes on advance raiding duty, led by Ton. Valkyrie (Taskforce V) recalls Sorilla for a daring mission to capture an alien vessel intact. Between Taskforces V and VII, the actions scenes are well choreographed and executed. In the end, Admiral Brooks is able to repel the alien invasion fleet, but in a manner that neither side understands, resulting in the first overtures of open communication by the aliens.
The sci-fi elements extend the focus on gravitational manipulation with humanity quickly learning the inner workings of the Ross machinery with some uncertainty and surprises for the implications on all physics. The alien "Alliance" continues to be revealed as a hodge-podge conglomeration of various distinct entities with little love lost among them. Currie is clearly setting up a potpourri of variety as well as dissension throughout the galaxy. Earth is on the cusp of realizing that they will have to face groups more akin to street gangs, rather than intelligent, enlightened creatures. At the same time, the Earth tendency towards a jack-of-all-trades allows for humans to swing above their own weight in a straight up fight.
Dina Pearlman's narration continues to come off as outstanding. The range of voices of not only both genders, but also the aliens is exceptionally well done and makes for a fast paced, but easy listening style.
We now find Aida as a major and her transformation continues to make her more emotionally human with this book having her involved in a, minimally, ph..Show More »ysical relationship. Due to the total annihilation of both the SOLCOM and Alliance fleets for reasons unknown, both sides agree to meet to discuss a peace treaty and Major Aida has been given the unwanted assignment of acting as the SOCOM ambassador's personal bodyguard. While both sides had ulterior motives (mostly intel gathering), neither wanted any conflict that might start another war. Unbeknownst to either side, a third party had other plans and early on, things went sideways.
ah, Aida was now in her element!
Both the writing and narration are still quite good.
De Oppresso Liber is Evan Currie's 6th installment in the On Silver Wings series. This time out, captain Aida Soria leads a special ops onto a recentl..Show More »y discovered inhabited planet that the Ross appear to be playing out like Hayden. This gravity well however is home to an intelligent, indigenous race that have not yet advanced sufficiently for Alliance consideration. While Aida's mission is to train an native, insurgent, guerrilla force, her natural tendencies rise to the surface and she uncovers the real intentions of the Ross world invasion and discovers buried secrets that may tip the balance of Alliance power and put Earth on an equal footing with the Ross.
The sci-fi elements continue with an alien theme. The new alien race, while overall humanoid, are uniquely distinct and intriguing. There's also more exploration of Alliance history, especially concerning the Grav, the Ross' natural enemy and the only entity that has been able to fight them to a standstill. At this point, Currie has constructed a comprehensive universe with an interesting mix of alien cultures, galactic politics, and solid, endearing recurring characters. The potential for future installments is wide open at this point.
The narration is performed superbly with an excellent range of voices of both genders. At the same time, alien voices are rendered in a unique style that adds to the performance.