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Ambassador 2: Raising Hell (Ambassador: Space Opera Thriller Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Ms Jansen is great at building the world her characters inhabit. The traditions and mores of the various races are fantastic. The races are wonderfully defined, even better than in the first book. Extending the internal political structures of the Coldi was magnificent in this book.
Here's where I debated calling this a 4 star book: There were too many plot twists that were similar to Ambassador 1. I won't go deeply into them, but as they say history doesn't repeat itself but it rhymes. I thought too much of the overall flow of the story rhymed with Ambassador 1. Not the same, but similar.
One suggestion for readers. If you're planning to read the entire series, invest the time in taking some notes about the characters. I found myself several times in this book trying to remember who a character is when they reappear. What is the relationship between this character and others? I know Ms Jansen can't repeat herself continually to remind us who a character is, but I found myself struggling to keep various (especially female) characters clear in my mind. There are getting to be a lot of characters. Not a GRRM cast but getting formidable. And I'm sure Ambassador 3 will only add to the count.
But don't let my quibbles about plot points or my bad memory for characters deter anybody from reading this book. It's my favorite series of the year thus far. I really loved it. The world building alone should be a textbook on how deeply authors should think about their world before the first character is invented. It's obvious Ms Jansen spent untold hours creating her world before starting the series. And it was work well done.
Raising Hell follows on from Ambassador: Seeing Red. It's the second book in the series, and it moved the story right along.
It was great to reunite with the characters I'd become so fond of, and see their relationships develop. I really enjoyed learning more about the complexities of 'gamra' and the multi-tiered 'associations' formed by the Coldi.
It takes quite a bit of skill to develop a human, but not yet human species and make it hang together. Cory, the main character was once again a great read. I've lived in the Pilbara in Western Australia, and Patty Jansen truly captured the excruciating discomfort of overheating. At points in the story I felt as if I was back there, working hard in the baking sun and feeling the fluid being sucked out of my body by the unrelenting heat.
It's great to see a clever author writing good Science Fiction.
I'll continue to read Patty Jansen's stories, and as five star reads, I'll be reading them more than once.