A little talkier than the opener, I think, but still top drawer military SF with great action scenes, pacing, character chemistry, and widening of the overall stakes Unlike the first episode, there is also some acknowledgement that ammo and other supplies actually need to be replenished The cast of aliens is strongly reminiscent of that in C.J Cherryh s CHANUR series one type even speaks in pidgin like the Mahendo sat and Shepherd s prose, particularly when describing battles, is similar too Hope he can keep up the pressure in future episodes, because it s been a fun ride so far. Thought the first book in the series not particularly memorable, but good enough to read further Quit the second book halfway though just got worse and worse, and eventually I decided to stop wasting my time Basically, a bad David Drake novel And made me realize why Drake doesn t include aliens in his Honor Harrington novels he can t write them, and knows it Shephard can t either, but unfortunately doesn t know that Most of the aliens aren t alien at all just humans in costume.I started highlighting particularly bad bits for future reference as an aside, always a really bad sign and probably to some extent a bit of a self fulfilling prophecy A few Captain Jen an alien nodded, intensely serious Erik had never met a barabo quite so intensely serious Skah answered reluctantly, the very picture of a boy being told to be good and work hard even if he didn t want to Which is particularly horrible because Skah is an alien child, but apparently one that acts just like a human boy There was real fear in his dark eyes But not cowardice, because this fear was not fear for himself So long ago it makes my brain hurt to think of it As a female marine Sargent, apologizing for several crew deaths that were to some extent her fault, leaves the acting captain s quarters Good, now get And he gave her a whack on the backside as she departed, because it was what the Captain had always done to crew feeling sorry for themselves Seriously, WTF Jumped up Lieutenant slaps a marine officer on the ass, telling her to get back to work Really, it s just bad And I say that having read and enjoyed his prior Cassandra Kresnov series which I now realize shared some of the shortcomings found here Eg, the protagonist there, even though an AI, seemed no different other than super competency and ability from any human I think it didn t bother me there because part of the story was that she was so advanced she was basically human but in actuality I suspect was largely because Shephard isn t an advanced enough writer to write convincingly from an alien perspective which I appreciate probably isn t an easy task. It s a beautiful universe, with aliens that are worth seeing The story is great, but the writing is poor.It would be an excellent book if it was 250 pages long Alas, we get lost in interminable chatter, in incomprehensible descriptions, in boring monologues to die Overall the characters are not endearing, except maybe the Koshi This book looks like a very long staff meeting interspersed with some action scenes, not necessarily successful though I will not have the courage to continue, this kind of extended prose exhausts me And it makes me angry because I will not know the rest of the story This took way too long to get going, once it did, it was OK Ended well Good setup for the final book. I can t get enough of this series No romance in this one either but the world building and characters are so interesting Love the adventure with aliens Unfortunately I really need to get my TBR pile down so I will be throttling my next purchases of this series.trying to fight the addiction Quite good On to the next book. Worthwhile and Fast Paced SciFi Adventure Read Drysine Legacy, Book 2 of The Spiral Wars series, continues a fast paced, entertaining and much better than average, SciFi storyline In the future, humanity is involved in numerous interstellar struggles with organic and AI alien races There is also the struggle within humanity spacers vs worlders, the human division created by the near genocide inflicted by aliens and the destruction of Earth as humanity s home A human warship, Phoenix, is caught in the center of the competing human, alien and AI interests.The writing is crisp, fluid this eBook author actually knows how to write There are plot and science issues that might trouble some readers, but compared to the vast majority of SciFi eBooks, the flaws are few and infrequent Only minor need for editing is required.This book and the prior one are recommended. Second book of the series This is not a stand alone book, and having read Renegade is necessary if ones want to make sense of it More characters are introduced, and some unlikely friends are met The story is well built and internally consistent Characters make sense, except maybe for Fleet Command machinations which are a bit far fetched I don t know, I understand that bad guys are sometimes necessary to build up a story, but there s need to be a reasonJoel Shepherd remains an excellent author of SF, and this book is well worth reading Looking forward the next and presumably final book. The first book in the series was an excellent action adventure space opera, with a marine woman commander who really knew her tactics and her strategy, and how to use all the necessary weapons This one is so blah that I gave it up today in favor of other, better book on my sidetable. The Legendary Battle Carrier UFS Phoenix Is On The Run In Outer Neutral Space Lieutenant Commander Erik Debogande And Major Trace Thakur Are Determined To Use Neutral Territory To Broker A Peace Between Humanity S Warring Factions, Away From Fleet S Strong Arm But As Machinations In Fleet Command Send A Legendary Warrior From Trace S Past On A Sworn Path To Kill Her, There Arises In The Territory Of An Insectoid Foe An Ancient Enemy From The Nightmares Of Spiral History, Bent On Phoenix S Destruction
Joel Shepherd is an Australian science fiction author He moved to Perth, Western Australia with his family when he was seven, where he later studied film and television arts at Curtin University He now lives in Adelaide.
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- 494 pages
- Drysine Legacy (The Spiral Wars, #2)
- Joel Shepherd
- 15 September 2019 Joel Shepherd