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Outpost One: Resistance, the peacekeeping station in alliance space, is mired in political turmoil and dangerous conditions from the Colony, a race of giant devouring insectoids. Commander Jess Cinders and Admiral Lucia Bellardo fight the troubles besieging the outpost from multiple directions.

Sand serpents, Usaanans, are suspected of undercutting outpost contracts, necessitating Major Sam Fleetfoot investigate the source of their production. His time on the Lemgart’s home world, with Lieutenant Candace Weller, progresses through a series of alien contacts. When the Usaanans are exposed, the sand serpents attempt to eliminate the human pair.

Meanwhile, Chief Engineer Mickey Brandon and his teams, led by the SADEs, investigate the Messinants domes. Their aim is to duplicate the ancient race’s technique of transporting individuals and goods through quantum-linked platforms, called Q-gates. The teams produce requests for console inputs that stymie them and lead to cataclysmic events.

Omnian co-leader Alex Racine’s mysterious dreams turn into nightmares, and he fears for events in alliance space. The dreams herald multiple calamities, such as the loss of the Transit Tripper. The freighter, carrying an alien drone from the Worlds of Light, was sent to Mickey to examine.

To make matters worse, the Colony has escalated its tactics against the Resistance. The alliance defenders, having had a modicum of success, recently suffered setbacks. Jess must add to Mickey’s tasks, requesting the chief engineer find a way to defeat the Colony’s new energy weapons before more lives and ships are lost.

©2021 Hannon Books, Inc. (P)2021 Hannon Books, Inc.

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boring and not the best reading

Slow and not action packed. Other books in the silver ships have been great. I will still listen to the next one and see if it gets better. The old reader would be better

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Interesting

I have been a big fan of the Silver Ship Series. This book takes us back to the peace keeping station in Alliance space. The team is busy trying to solve the mystery of the Gates, fight a battle with an insect race and deal with the politics of the Alliance Nations.

I particularly enjoyed the section about the Gates and the team of human and SADA’s discovering the engineering mastery of the ancient race that built them. S. H. Jucha developed some of the key characters in the story moving them into more prominent positions and elevated Alex Racine to that of an advisor. I am curious to see if this continues in the next book.

I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is twelve hours and thirty-five minutes. Nicole Poole does a good job narrating the series.

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Ughhh...

I'm really disappointed in the last few books in "The Silver Ships" series. They are really non-events. Very little is happening. The characters are stale, the store is uninspired, and the narration has suffered since Nicole Poole took over. I liked Grover Gardner and didn't mind Susanna Burney, though we only have a single book as an example for her. It almost like someone different is writing the books. I don't know if Grover Gardner did such a good job that we failed to notice a flagging series, but since he left, there is a noticeable difference in pace, story, and presentation. The last books have been so bad that I don't see any reason to buy book 20 despite my investment in the series. I'll watch and if it goes on a $5 sale, maybe I'll buy it.

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this a wow series

the author continues to provide political intrigue surrounded by scary action and romance. The interplay between Sades and humanity is interesting to say the least.

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one of best space opera type series available

I anxiously await each release of this series. I have each installment in my Audible library and I am proud of them now closing in on 20. If you are looking to start a new series that has an established list of books, start here. Highly recommended

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Couldn’t put it down!

Somehow, even after so many books in this series, the stories get better and better.

Also, it took me some time to accept this narrator, but she did this book proud!

Thank you, S. H. Jucha and Nicole Poole for a great work.

Robert