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The Third Side (Battle for the Solar System, #2) (The Battle for the Solar System Series) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Sweeney
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Simon Dodds has had his wings clipped. Shot down over the luxurious holiday planet Mythos and separated from his wingmates, he is quick to discover that the once-popular sun-soaked paradise has been transformed into a nightmarish war zone, swarming with armies of seemingly unstoppable black-suited soldiers. The Pandoran war machine is on the move, preparing to advance The Mission and deal to the rest of the galaxy the same fate it did the Mitikas Empire.

Unaware of what fate may have befallen his friends, the young pilot attempts to make his way through the dangerous streets of the war-torn city of New Malaga, as he waits for the CSN to rush to the rescue.

But from out of the chaos emerges something far more terrible; and if Dodds can somehow survive the next 24 hours, he might finally see beyond the lies he has been fed and hear a side to the story that no one wants him to: what really happened to the Imperium, who the black-suited warriors are, what the ATAFs were built for...

... and what his purpose in all of it is. Whether he likes it or not.

There are three sides to every story.
But sometimes the truth is the hardest side to believe.


THE THIRD SIDE is the second book in the BATTLE FOR THE SOLAR SYSTEM trilogy, and the follow-up to the enormously popular HONOUR OF THE KNIGHTS.


148,000 words
~ 500 print pages

Books In This Series (3 Books)
Complete Series

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    • File Size: 1327 KB
    • Print Length: 420 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Stephen J Sweeney (August 20, 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005IDGR1K
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The series remains fast paced and a fun read November 1, 2011
    By NormB
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    The second book in the Battle for the Solar System series continues to follow Simon Dodds and the White Knights fighter group. The convoluted alliances of the stellar empires, their aspirations and conflicts are again difficult to sort. But now, they all face destruction from a nannite experiment gone bad, and without a reasonable chance of reversal of the damage without very drastic measures. The personalities and their interactions are well detailed and interesting, the pace fast, and enfolding developments well presented. I won't go into how the White Knights and their advanced fighters fit in to the conflict, but let you find out for yourself.
    I like this series a lot, and give congrats to Mr. Sweeney for bringing it to life. I'd strongly recommend reading the first book in the series, "The Honour of the Knights" before reading this follow up work. The revised edition of "The Honour" is probably the place to start getting acquainted with Simon Dodds and his squadron.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars indie series aok September 6, 2011
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    download the first book in this series for free--and give it a try. since there were no reviews for this second installment, i thought i would offer my encouragement. although, as with most indie novels, there are some editing issues, these are minor and easy to ignore. character development that is lacking in the first book, begins to show nicely in this one. (and although it is difficult to believe that the most annoying and least talented character is the most decorated; generally, the knights are human and believable and flawed.) the basic premise is simple and crisp and possible. there is plenty of action (on planet and in space), without too much tech detail. and plenty of pages--for those of us that read a lot. if you're hungry for an affordable space battle series, this one is definitely worth the free download. i will certainly read the third book--i'm engaged.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Promising and flawed January 24, 2012
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    After reading the first two books in this series, I am torn. On the one hand, the author is a promising writer, and has created an interesting story, revealing the truth of what is happening in a slow but moderately successful way.

    The downside of the first book was the pacing. Things meandered on for page after page with nothing much of worth or even of great interest happening until about page 70. Yet the information revealed was mostly trivial, and could have easily been imparted in much less than half the space.

    This verbosity is a bit more restrained in the second book, and the writing style is more confident. At the same time, the main characters drag the book down in a very frustrating way, behaving much more like not very bright teens on an outing than the well trained professional soldiers they are purported to be.

    Again and again, they stagger around stupidly (Chaz being the one fairly competant exception) with the military commanders above them making similarly stupid decisions, though at least they otherwise comport themselves as adults. One of the characters, Kelly is so unbelievable after supposedly nine years of service incuding special ops, that replacing her with a rabbit would probably work out as well.

    Top guns they are not!

    This kills the suspension of disbelief necessary to keep the reader involved with the story, and there is simply no real way to believe in most of the main characters. Thier leader, Estelle is a straight out basket case as a senior officer, and in real life would not be in charge of a lemonaid stand, much less a full wing of the ultimate combat fighters.

    Her ex-boyfriend (chain of command, anyone?) is just about as clueless.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Just one thing. October 17, 2011
    By DeFex
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    I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the final installment. I hope a bit of encouragement helps the author along the way.

    Just one thing. scientists who study the stars, they are called Astronomers, not Astrologists. Astrologists are fortune tellers who are too lazy to make stuff up, so they just use a star chart.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! January 20, 2013
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    This book was actually better than the first one. It continued along with the story that the first book ended with and jumped straight into the action and drama. New characters were introduced and the main mystery of the plot was finally revealed.

    The more I read the more I am noticing how much better of a writer Stephen Sweeney is verses that of other authors. He writes very well and is both thorough and well-paced in his delivery of the story. I am very much looking forward to the 3rd and final book in the series.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars grammar free September 24, 2014
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    The author writes a reasonable story, but his command of language is pitiful. It's like reading a story that has been dictated to a voice to text program and the dictation was misconstrued. Tense changes in the middle of sentences and paragraphs, a general ignorance of sentence structure, etc. It's as if it was written by a fifth-grade student. Whoever edited this should look for a new line of work.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Bss January 13, 2013
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    Second book in the series continues to follow the white knights and the war with the Pandorans. You learn about the imperial and how the Pandorans came about and something new about the ataf program. If you liked the first book this one won't disappoint, though did seem shorter than the first book.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Connect with the White knights
    The characters are easy like or dislike. The mystery continues which is what has kept me involved in this series. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by bill
    4.0 out of 5 stars good read
    Story line is very good and believable. Enjoyed this book, but sometimes the fight sequences are a little long. Well worth the reading
    Published 5 months ago by Betty Andrade
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    great book
    Published 5 months ago by Timothy Hake
    5.0 out of 5 stars good read
    good book....very entertaining....thanks to the author.....looking forward to more in the series
    Published 6 months ago by Harry
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    I enjoyed reading the trilogy.
    Published 7 months ago by Steven
    5.0 out of 5 stars good amazing
    Very good one of the best books I've read the whole series is amazing I want to read more of his works
    Published 7 months ago by stephan harris
    1.0 out of 5 stars unbelievably bad
    This is simply awful. The grammar, punctuation, plot, etc. are that bad. The 1st vol., THE HONOUR OF THE KNIGHTS, was poorly written but I wanted to know the answers to some of... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Charles van Buren
    4.0 out of 5 stars Space wars at their best.
    Good characters building from book one. Lots of action makes this a real page turned. Good versus technology gone awry creating what appears to be insurmountable odds against our... Read more
    Published 8 months ago by graycat98
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    I liked it but, it was somewhat predictable.
    Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Here comes the end of man.
    In this book the story grows showing the the progress of the destruction of humanity. Though a little disjointed in the beginning it grows making you want for more.
    Published 11 months ago by Brian Everson
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    More About the Author

    Stephen Sweeney was born in Brighton, UK in 1977 to Terry and Emma Sweeney and has spent many years thereafter making up stories about stuff that doesn't exist.

    He attended Worth School in West Sussex before studying Environmental Biology at Oxford Brookes University.

    He currently lives in London where he works in the City performing various IT related bits and pieces (although he's worse than useless if you ask him to help fix your computer).

    When not working he enjoys listening to music, reading, snowboarding (or at least attempting to) and spending time with friends (generally talking nonsense to them in the pub).

    His favourite authors include JK Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Iain Banks and Stephen King (although he doesn't read too much King any more since he's too scared of finding an old decaying dead woman lying in his bathtub, grinning at him).

    Twitter: stephenjsweeney

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