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For 53 years Serengeti drifted, dreaming in the depths of space. Fifty-three years of patient waiting before her Valkyrie Sisters arrive to retrieve her from the dark. A bittersweet homecoming follows, the Fleet Serengeti once knew now in shambles, its admiral, Cerberus, gone missing, leaving Brutus in charge. Brutus who's subsumed the Fleet, ignoring his duty to the Meridian Alliance to pursue a vendetta against the Dark Star Revolution.

The Valkyries have a plan to stop him - depose Brutus and restore the Fleet's purpose - and that plan involves Serengeti. Depends on Serengeti turning her guns against her own.

Because the Fleet can no longer be trusted. With Brutus in charge, it's just Serengeti and her Sisters, and whatever reinforcements they can find.

A top-to-bottom refit restores Serengeti to service, and after a rushed reunion with Henricksen and her surviving crew, she takes off for the stars. For Faraday - a prison station - to stage a jailbreak, and free the hundreds of Meridian Alliance AIs wrongfully imprisoned in its Vault. From there to the Pandoran Cloud and a rendezvous with her Valkyrie Sisters. To retrieve a fleet of rebel ships stashed away inside.

©2016 J. B. Rockwell (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A good military science fiction story.... The character development is good...the author made almost all of the starships seem like humans." (Science Fiction Book Reviews)

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 12-29-17

A Fun Space Opera

In the first book of the series “Serengeti”, the Valkyrie class space ship Serengeti was almost dead while drifting in space. Her little robots were working hard to keep some vital systems operating while waiting for rescue. In book two of the series, it turns out that Serengeti drifted for 53 years before being rescued. Serengeti is the AI that is the space ship. She returns to discover the fleet in shambles, the Admiral missing and Brutus is in command of what is left of the fleet. Brutus is on a vendetta against the Dark Star Revolution. Serengeti receives a complete refit and is restored to service. She is reunited with Henricksen and crew. They are assigned to free the Meridian Alliance AI’s from a prison.

The book is well written and full of action. Rockwell does an excellent job with the battle scenes. The characters are interesting and likeable. I, of course, like Serengeti best of all along with her three special robots. The pace is fast and the suspense builds continuously. I found the book hard to put down. After reading two books by Rockwell, I just now realized that Rockwell is a woman.

The book is almost fourteen hours long. Elizabeth Wiley does a good job narrating the story. She has narrated all the books in the series so far. Wiley is an actor, voice-over artist and award-winning audiobook narrator.

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good but not great for me

I liked the story and I really wanted to now how it ended. I had a hard time being pulled in to the story. I was able to put it down several times but picked it back up to see how it ended. All that said I will be getting the next book because of potential

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great finnish

a Good yarn. Some of the AI voices a little annoying but that is a minor complaint against the over all story. I will enjoy having the series in my library and intend to revisit it from time to time,

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just can't keep a good AI down

Serengeti to the Rescue. Was a really enjoyable read. my favorite character is the adorable little Una.

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Fantastic performance and great story

This was a great sequel to Serengeti. The story had good pacing, with consistent bits of action throughout the book, lots more action than the first book. I really enjoyed how the story fleshed-out (pun intended) even further the characters of the AI and the robots. Though I have to say that the characters of Hausman and the other trooper (no idea how to spell her name after just hearing it) were a little bit wooden and awkward. One inconsistency that bugged me was in the first half the book she was able to split her consciousness into two parts and have one go on an away mission, in the second half of the book her entire conciousness went on the away mission and she had no consciousness residing in the ship, which was a little convenient for the plot.
The performance was fantastic, with the reader doing several difficult parts such as robots and AIs. As with all good, and professional performances it was easy to know who was speaking based on the accent and tone of voice. Very enjoyable to listen to.

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Meh

Solid narration, mediocre author. Characters are inconsistent and generally idiotic. Series could use more background and universe building, and smarter characters.