What makes this a five-star book, rather than anything less, is simply Molly. The author manages to transcend a rather routine thriller which is about 90% of this book with a brilliant portrayal of Molly. It makes the whole book work on another level all together. So this was a good building block in whatever it is that Molly and her team are trying to accomplish in their world building, and more importantly the first real tie to Molly and the Kurtherian Federation. So two books in, good progress, characters continue to be developed, new characters are being added, still need more of Oz's character in my opinion; but all in all this series is definitively taking on a life of its own.
Ell Leigh Clarke's second contribution to the universe of Michael Anderle's Kurtherian Gambit (and 2nd book) is definitely 2 thumbs up. Our heroine, Molly's genius make her life challenging at times, but the reader can't help being firmly in her corner as she explores the perils of living and working in a dangerous new business venture and the myriad of people problems and plain physical hazards that accompany same.
We see Molly's crew (as well as mission) begin expansion, as well as getting a surprising and delicious peek back into BA's 'verse.
I am eagerly anticipating the next installment in the Age of Expansion, as I can't wait to see where Molly's and her crew go from this point.
Molly is back, kicking ass by using her greatest strength- her brain! While this entry in the series feels like it's more about team building than the individuals, it really allows us to see Molly as the savant she is. So here I am, one day after this book combed out, and I am already waiting for book 3. The combination of Ells writing and MAs guidance is absolutley intoxicating. I live the characters, and Ell writes differently enough from the other Kurtherian authors that the characters don't feel like rehashed paper dolls and over used archetypes, but as actual people. That was my biggest fear when I decided to start another series in this universe, and I am glad it was unfounded.
Hello. My name is Jenn G and I have a reading problem. Hahaha! Wow. Yet again, I have read this book in ONE sitting! I'm completely spoiled at this point and I'm not sure how Ms Clarke is going to top her latest masterpiece. I love how Molly is actively working on developing her people skills and trying to expand and forge her team. The Syndicate will be exposed for their money and power grubbing ways while going down kicking and screaming. ( More like killing and hiding but who cares) Please keep up the great work. Who needs to eat and sleep? I certainly don't when these books come out.
There are so many of us out there - the confused, the outcasts, the isolated. Molly is brilliant, beautiful, driven, and completely mystified when trying to understand people. I'm not off-the-charts brilliant, but I'm smart enough to be in the 99th percentile. I used to be beautiful. I'm still driven, even tho my engine (body) is mostly broken down. At 62 years of age, I'm as mystified as ever, and constantly putting my foot in it, especially when I'm consciously trying not to. This isn't meant to be a pity-party, but an explanation of why Molly resonates so deeply with me. I know there are many, many of us out there, and Ms. Clarke & Molly give me hope that, well, it's (we're) not hopeless. **teary-eyed**
The writing in this series continues to be spot on. I have been getting less sleep due to being drawn into the story. The thing is, like all of my favorite space opera series, I know that I'm going to be frustrated by having to wait for the next book in the series. So I should slow down and embrace the story and take my time...but I can't!!! I want to know what's going on, what's going to happen next, etc. Damn you ELC & MA!!! Luckily, since I've only read a couple of the books in MA's original series and none in any of the other series, I potentially have a number of good series & new authors to try.
I highly recommend this book (& the 1st book in this series) & I'll be picking up book 3 right away.
After years of lurking the kindle store and reading my boredom away, I decided to post one of my few reviews, (single digits) of MA, (hereafter known as Yoda) and his kurtherian gambit series.
I expected a few years before I wrote another, cause... life.
Molly however is worth the time. I've always been one of those people who respected military and justice, but didn't always feel my moral compass had a strong draw towards north, more towards efficiency. I also would get in conversations about physics and sci-fi concepts being explored in real life and never notice the glaze covering someone's eyes. Enter Molly. She is the heroine I can actually relate to. She feels broken, but what she really is, is someone who both doesn't fit in societies mold, and is strong enough to stay out of the gravity trying to draw her in. She is smart, loyal, driven, and sees point b as the goal without the natural detours others make to satisfy the societal requirements. I hope to see her as the new Bethany Anne, because damn! She's a heroine turned to 11 for the geeks and nerds of sci-fi literature. Ell, you have done an amazing job of giving the social mismatches and brainiacs a voice and an avatar. Thank you. Thanksgiving Humbly, Thank you so much.
I got hooked on the original Kurtherian Gambit series and this latest addition to the milieu is just as engrossing and appealing. The characters have developed quite nicely over the first two books and the story line fits the overall series like a tailored suit. I will be anxiously awaiting Book 3 to see where the latest revelation at the end of this book leads. I hope Ell Leigh Clarke has been doing hand exercises so that she can put words to print (so to speak) at a record pace.