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The saga of the Rêveur continues in this second novel in the Silver Ships series.

The surviving Méridiens have returned to Confederation space, aided by their recently discovered cousins, the New Terrans. They expect a celebration after their 71-year absence. Instead, they're shocked to find the silver ships have destroyed half the Confederation.

The Méridiens are fleeing in advance of the horde of alien ships. But Alex Racine and his crew didn't come this far to run away from humanity's enemy. They intend to hunt the silver ships. But, to succeed, they need help. Renée de Guirnon, the leader of the Rêveur's Méridiens, reveals a sordid secret of Méridien society: Citizens who defy their House, for any reason, are stripped of their rights, declared "Independents", and imprisoned on the planet Libre. But the Independents aren't everyone's pariahs, especially if you're Alex Racine and you're looking for allies against the silver ships. An entire colony of independent, free-thinking radicals offers just the sort of people Alex wants on his side, so an alliance is struck. Soon the enemy ships will swarm off the planet Bellamonde, and the race begins for Alex and the Librans. The planet must be evacuated and the military force readied before the silver ships attack. Alex knows a battle is coming, but will they have enough time to prepare?

©2016 S. H. Jucha (P)2016 Blackstone Audio

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An entire book about logistics!

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Really only a worth a chapter or a short story not an entire book. Endless about the logistics of evacuating a planet. Some interesting elements but not enough to redeem this installment. Some characters are beginning to deteriorate in to cringe worthy stereotypes.

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  • Hiruu
  • All around the World, baby!
  • 04-29-16

Great 2nd book

Wow, what an ending! Great book, and I can't wait to listen to the 3rd book.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 07-06-17

A planet of free Meridiens

The Meridiens and New Terrans aboard the ship Reveur have arrived at the planet Libre. Alex Racine is now the Admiral in charge instead of the Captain of Reveur. Renee de Guirnon is the leader of the Meridien’s aboard Reveur. She has defied the de Guirnon House and declared themselves the House of Alexander. They are joining forces with the Independents on the planet Libre. Those people who defied their House were exiled to Libre. Soon they will be in battle with the Silver Ships.

The book is well written. The characters are well developed and interesting. I am enjoying the ship’s AI, Julian, along with the newly added AI’s to the story. There is lots of action along with the creation of a new culture and world building. I am looking forward to book three of the series.

The book is ten and a half hours long. Grover Gardner does an excellent job narrating the book. Gardner is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator.

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The saga continues

Great second book. The action and adventure continues. You meet new players and the plot thickens. This is another fun book.

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House Alexander saves the day

Libre is S H Jucha 's 2nd Silver Ships installment. The bulk of the action takes place in and around the planet Libre, a Meridien colony world which happens to also include the majority of Meridien independents, individuals who don't want to belong to any specific house. While Alex regroups, replenishes and builds up his forces, he also collects intelligence on the silver ships. Analysis suggests Libre is the next target which sets the main Meridien battle strategy in motion which is to flee. Losing the planet is inevitable, but the fledgling military achieves some of its objectives in straight up fighting

The sci-fi elements are in line with the 1st installment with more creative use of improvised weaponry. The artificial intelligence theme is extended with more players as well as a propensity for art and music. Alex manages to productively engaged these entities which contrasts with standard Meridien interactions that are shallow and of limited productivity. Also, Meridien society is revealed as an unfortunate result of long term complacency such that even death is preferred over minor protocol or safety deviations. Surrounded by Meridien timidity, Terran isolationism, and the Silver Ships inscrutableness, Alex has his work cut out for him, with more implants as the next step. Julian has grown with him and is now probably his best cerebral friend.

Grover Gardner is one of the grand masters of narration which a superb range of characters and a unique talent for accenting his voice to convey thoughts versus spoken words. He also deftly handles the artificial intelligences extremely well and avoids "robotizing" them, while also steering clear of simple anthropomorphism.

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Too Short

I am enjoying the Silver Ship Series, they are both entertaining, and captivating. my only complaint is that the books aren't longer.

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Great follow up to Silver Ships

This is a great follow-up to Silver Ships. Once again S.H. Jucha provides a story that engages the listener. I especially appreciate Jucha's decision not to use coarse language or contemporary expletives. These books are about the most family friendly contemporary sci-fi that I have found...and yet they lack nothing. Well done and keep it up Mr. Jucha! Can't wait for the next installment to hit Audible.

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If you liked the first one, you'll like this one

There's a simplicity and an innocence to the books in this series that reminds me of "Golden Age" science fiction. If you're looking for highly complex plotting, deep and intriguing character flaws, or science based explanations for things you're going to be disappointed. This a series for fun. The good guys are very very good. The bad guys are clearly defined. The technology is interestingly imaginative and entirely unexplained. It's a fun, predictable, good guys win kind of story.

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I'm done.

What was most disappointing about S. H. Jucha’s story?

I only made it about a quarter into this book and had enough. No action. All they do is plan and share their feelings and hug. It was so freaking cheesy, even more so than the first.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The socialist agenda was right there on top in this book too. The implied theme was freedom. Yet he held up his socialist utopia as the way to achieve this freedom. You cannot be free and socialist. Liberty is anathema to socialism.

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You have a bunch of sissies and pansies from two different cultures trying to fight a war. And they suck at it. This book is even more boring than the first. It is a book about people planning to build stuff to make fighters (which is just freaking stupid). The military aspects were written by someone who obviously has never served in a military and has no freaking clue regarding tactics and strategy.Did I mention there is no action. Lots of feelings. Don't waste you credits or time.

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I'm hooked!

This series of books is my mind candy! I won't be able to stop until I finish all of it!

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  • Del
  • 06-20-17

Ripping Yarns in space (part deux)

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I loved this book as much as the first. Having just finished book 2 (and now purchased book 3) it is clear to me that this is not so much a book series as an adventure SERIAL. Each book is one complete episode of an extended story.This episode carries us to the next staging post for the Meridien survivors as they try to survive the invasion of the silver ships and our hero, Alex Racine, leads them with skill, judgement, commitment and, of course, good luck in the nick of time!I found the Meridien's salute to the fallen quite moving and my eyes misted over - soft, old fool that I am.There is more exploration of the developing relationship between the two species of humans and the added flavour of additional SADE's (Self Aware Digital Entities) as they collect more ships.A neat surprise at the end of episode 2 sets us up for episode 3 .... Holy space opera, Batman .... I am loving it !!!!

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  • jade
  • 06-19-17

Disappointing book

I was from the last book looking forward to an engaging performance of a good story....this book did not delivery in any way. The book basically talks through a planet getting ready to flee the aliens, that's it

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  • Martrix
  • 11-03-16

a good step

the book and the reeder are great it's got a nice progression to it and I look forward to the next book.

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  • Mango Chutney
  • 10-24-16

A bit too Disney ??

Would you try another book written by S. H. Jucha or narrated by Grover Gardner?

I tried to like the first book, but then gave up quarter way through the second book - so probably not.
Main character is too righteous and always seems to know the answer to everything - so much so the other characters (other than the odd antagonist) dote on him and hero worship him so much I started feeling sick.
The hero saviour story and Grover Gardner's narration style made me start to think I was listening to a childrens novel at bedtime. It's the kind of stroll in the park reading style that removes any feeling of suspense or urgency - as you just know it will just all work out.
Speeding up to 1.25x helps a bit but not much.