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 Global Warming mid 21st century tipping point was more than just advocacy writing, it was evangelizing. Also, the story's solution to correct AGW ..Show More »was to position mirrors in orbit to reflect sun light back, away from Earth. While it may not take all the tea in China to accomplish this it would certainly take all the sand in the Sahara and then some for mirror construction alone.
The rest of the story progressed smoothly, rather too smoothly for my liking, unfortunately. My primary character, Sgt. Aida, now 2nd Lieutenant (soon to become 1st Lieutenant) is moved to a teacher role and then into a command role in a mechanized team of huge titan-like fighters with Captain Ton reappearing in Aida's traditional role as ground trooper leader. The section where she "becomes one with" the alien six dimensional space simply by walking through was more than a bit over the top. Additionally, while I had preferred the humanizing changes in Aida's character in books 2 and 3 over her rather arrogant persona in book 1, I believe the author has gone too far in the other direction in book 4. This was probably expected with her now in an officer role but, still, I miss the blood and guts Aida from before.
Lastly, this book is mostly a series of space opera battles and, while it does go a long ways to detailing the various alien races in the Alliance, space battles always seems detached from the human experience of inflicting death and trauma on others, somewhat akin to present day air forces dropping bombs on enemy positions.
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.
This story had potential but the narrators dry delivery made it hard to get into. I think there was a lot of action in this book but you wouldn't know..Show More » it because the narrator's tone never wavered. I was also dissapointed that the author did not provide much texture to the environment and the charachters felt flat and bland.