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Interesting story well told, bit of a cliff hanger this time
on May 1, 2015
I quickly read the third book in the series after the secod, and as a short version of this review, I immediately bought the fourth.
The author continues to give a good story, this one introducing more details on the Trilisk, but also new aliens (or not so new, interesting twist at the end).
I found this one to follow a similar pace, and had similar strengths and weaknesses to the second. It's an engaging, easy to read story, with the broken up viewpoints well structured to enhance your view of the action rather than distract it or artificially build suspense. The temporal overlap between different viewpoints is well laid out without being tediously explained.
Once again the author gives an interesting conclusion, well prepared to move into the next book, though this time a bit more of a cliff hanger, leaving bigger issues unresolved. Personally I'm not a fan of that between series books, though having the next available already makes it more palatable. Once again the author feels in something of a downhill race in the last 10% of the book, giving something of short shrift to the climax and resolution -- it's not that it is badly done, it is just after spending time to get that far, you want to savor it a bit more; if he would flesh it out it would be better.
I also applaud the author for, while using the "industrial seed" cheat more or less between books, it was not a big part of this book. Once more much of the action was, while high tech in many ways, still human against elements and circumstance and other humans and aliens. The introduction of the new/old alien threat as the new story line, rather than immediately developing some ancient earth Trilisk scenario a la Stargate was a good thing.
Key to me it is it engaging, and makes you want to turn pages fast and move to the next book. Worth a read (but get the earlier two first, not a good read on its own).