Hot the heels of the first book comes Bane of Worlds, book 2 in the Survival Wars and if anything, it was even better than the first book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book gets into the action fairly quickly, as Captain Duggan and his crew are assigned a rather hum-drum mission to protect a freighter. Unfortunately, his rather unexciting mission turns into something else completely and involves being marooned and one or two other harrowing adventures. By the end of the book humanity discovers that there may be another, more deadly race gunning for them and their current enemies the Ghast. I am now left wishing the next book in the series was out already so I can continue to enjoy the adventures of Captain Duggan,, McGlashan, Breeze, Chainer and Ortiz :)
As far as space sagas, space battles and the genre these books are good. They are not great, in no small part because there truly is very little military structure or reality in it (in my opinion as a former military member myself) and there is a lot of over simplistic things that are just simple due to convenience (I think). I still have purchased and read ALL of these books, and they are very entertaining and enjoyable.
I'll give examples so you can judge - a general, a captain, a colonel, and a commander would not end up in the same military structure... yes the army/marine has these first three ranks, General -> Colonel -> Captain... but a commander is nowhere involved... more specifically, a "Commander" would be an O-5 and a captain SHOULD be an O-6... but not if he reports to a General; which would imply he is an O-3 and not the Navy/USCG equivalent of an O-6.
Unrealistic, a Captain never leaves his ship... that old saying that a "Captain goes down with his ship" is true... so the fact that he leaves his ship all the time in a star trek manner annoys me. The crew size was definitely hard to swallow... anyone who has served in any kind of military vehicle... from a small boat, a large ship, a carrier, a helicopter, a plane and down to a tank, Humvee or a jeep knows that maintenance can be "automated" as much as you want, but there is no replacing a good eye and some duct tape. -- Right!!? So a space ship with 20 people that fights, takes damage, has engines and all the other plethora of systems is hard to swallow.
I HATE when some Author explains how their engines work in detail... who cares? This guy does that right... but then he also oversimplifies other aspects which could have brought more depth and attachments to the characters.
That being said, even though I do not usually tear into books, mainly because I haven't written one and therefore have no idea what it takes, I have read a bunch and these little inconsistencies and intricacies annoy me.
My review for this series will be copied and pasted.
I have one wish after reading this book and that is for all the Sci-Fi book production workers on Amazon to take a break and go outside. Go outside and walk a kilometer to appreciate the distances involved. Go outside and visit an aircraft carrier (maybe the one in New York) to find out what it means to thousands of tons of displacement. Go outside and look at the moon and then use your phone to check the distance to it, to learn what 100s of thousands of meters mean. That is my wish.
This is an excellent sequel for the first book. I was surprised. After a somewhat slow start the story picked up pace and became quite interesting. A very worthy read for anyone who enjoys military science fiction.