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Celus-5: Silver Ships, Book 8

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For its initial mission, Haraken's explorer ship, the Sojourn, undertook the investigation of Celus-5, a world identified by Willem, a SADE (self-aware digital entity), and his team of scientists, as the best candidate for a new colony.

What should have been a routine survey mission became a disaster. To the Harakens' surprise, they discovered not one but two alien species, which were constantly engaged in conflict. One species, the Dischnya, hid their nests underground, and each nest owed its allegiance to a queen. On the grassy plains, where the Dischnya lived, the resources were scarce, and the warriors competed fiercely.

Unfortunately, the Harakens' landing party was late in discovering the Dischnya's hideouts, and a shuttle and crew, including Teague, Alex Racine's son, were captured by the doglike warriors of the Tawas Soma nest. Soon the mission was mired in a standoff, and Captain Asu Azasdau fired off a comm to Haraken, pleading for a rescue from Tomas Monti, the Haraken president, and Alex Racine.

The survey group might have been forgiven for their hasty landing. They were focused on investigating the three objects buried in the sands along the continent's shoreline. Smooth, dark, and silver, they were the ships belonging to the nemesis of every human - the Nua'll.

The dark travelers presented another clue as to the direction of the Nua'll home world, but it also invoked the question: Where were the Swei Swee, the six-legged, whistling aliens who once were aboard the ships?

©2017 S. H. Jucha (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Linda Luella 06-22-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Not the Best"

    The Silver Ships series is one of my current favorites and while this book rates better than Espero (my least favorite), it's not up to participate with the rest of the series. It's worth the credit but it's the first time I feel like the author just set me up with a......to be continued....story. I feel like I got stuck with a cliffhanger and now I have to wait for the continuation. BUMMER!

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    Connie Spring Branch, TX, United States 07-14-17
    Connie Spring Branch, TX, United States 07-14-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Entirely mediocre"

    This is an entire book devoted to setting up the next book. Quite disappointing in this series.

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    John 07-13-17
    John 07-13-17 Member Since 2012
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    "keep on."

    Keep on writing and will keep on buying! Love your work and I really want to find out where the story goes

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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 10-06-17
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 10-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Just when he thought he was out..."

    Celus-5 is the 8th installment of S H Jucha's Silver Ships series. With life on Haraken relatively uneventful, Alex is living the semi-retired life while Haraken has progressed to exploring their neighborhood. All seems pretty banal, except for some of the SADEs who didn't really know what to expect and are becoming restless. An explorer vessel, with Alex's son part of the crew finds an inhabitable world with grounded traveler vessels. During their investigation they are taken prisoner by a new alien race. At the same time, their Swei Swee crew member escape into the ocean to discover long lost brethren. The Harakens respond to the SOS and Alex comes as well as an "alien" adviser with dozens of SADEs offering assistance. In the end, the planet and its inhabitants provides some tantalizing clues to the Nu'all and book 9 looks to be "have spaceship will travel" time.

    The sci-fi elements are in line with earlier offerings with some minor evolutionary improvements. There's an interesting new humanoid alien race with a mysterious past that will likely be further developed. For this story, they represent devolution as their species possesses insufficient numbers to support what must have been older, but more advanced technology. The Swei Swee counterparts also display some noticeable differences. Diplomatic skills are on full and the SADEs have really stepped up; the depth of the Alex / Julian friendship is touching and enlightening with regards to subtle aspects of the artificial entities.

    The narration is once again first rate with a solid mix of voices and great pacing for pleasurable storytelling. Basically, Silver Ships has evolved to a "star trek" format where the bulk of the crew with be SADEs with a very satisfied Alex in command.

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    "Getting increasingly silly and contrived."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    to numerous to list really. I skipped several books in the series, and this will be my last.


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

    Some glaring ommisions in the story line that are out of character (of book characters) and blatantly setting up for another book


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    "great books but...."

    If you love a space opera this does the job! sadly though these books are set in the future and the only LGBTQ character was a baddy and it was see as a weakness to be taken advantage of by our team of hero's, come on we have SADEs, aliens and humans and not one is a happy LGBTQ person or couple just getting on with life. Still great books it just leaves me thinking they are not as well rounded as they could be.

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