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The frantic, dramatic, ultra- intense pace of both the starfighter and the capital ship combat in this book is INSANE. I cannot recall ever reading fighter battles that I could picture this clearly.
You can almost smell the pilot’s stress sweat; feel their desperation of trying to bend a plane to your will, so that you may win and live to fight another day. Hear the chugging of the 30mm cannons; smell the ozone as the electricity crackles across your damaged console; gasp for breath as your canopy is shattered by blaster fire.Taste the blood as your helmet cracks when you smash into another ship, and feel your flight suit begin to melt as you slip from consciousness, with your ship in flames. Simply amazing!
To say that I enjoyed the immersive experience that this book offered is a massive understatement.
The big bad takes serious action; some justice is served from unexpected quarters, and old friends reappear...or are they friends?
To those so inclined to draw comparisons between the big “baddie” here, and the cinematic one voiced by the phenomenal James Earl Jones...I say to you, beware. Your precious Vader is a weenie, compared to Goth Sullus. The closest he ever gets to being terrifying (outside of fan films) is Rogue One, and Cole and Anspach are just getting started with this character. Four books in, and no giant death basketball or whiny farm brats required. Go get your power converters, boy. There is man's work to be done in this Galaxy.
It's impossible to make it through this phase of the Galaxy’s Edge saga without feeling your allegiance stretched in multiple directions, and seething disgust at the political machinations of the self-serving scumbags in power.
I look forward to the next book, and to what I hope will be eventual triumph by those loyal to the Legion, at heart.
There is no other book series I will sacrifice sleep for, and if you knew me, you would know how serious that makes my statement. Thanks, guys, for giving me a reason to care about reading science fiction again.
It was interesting to see where some of the characters from previous books in this series ended up. I'm also hoping to find out the fate of the kill team that makes a brief appearance during the battle.
Military Sci Fi - noir
Impressive! said the basso profundo voice.
I know whose voice I heard when I read that line and it is, but it isn’t. And, this series is free to go where no series has gone before.
Attack of the Shadows continues the saga of a bloated and impotent Republic government and the upstart rebellion. With a battle for the shipyards at Kesselworks (?) to see who will control the building of warships. Here, the two major powers square off in a bloody toe to toe fight to the death.
Who do you cheer for? There are great stories on both sides of the battle and the narrative moves you from one side to the other seamlessly. I choose the MCR, so my bias may show a little.
Here’s a snippet that describes the Republic pretty well,
“That, he thought, summed up the very nature of this decrepit and dying Republic he was about to destroy. Warships that weren’t supposed to threaten. Leaders that never led. And citizens who were really slaves.”
In the meantime, there are great insights into the characters and probably the authors, as well. How could one tell a tale without putting a little of their soul into the story? So, Nick and Jason are here too.
There were a number of references to food in the story. I liked Tarrago. Were these guys hungry while writing this story?
Apparently yes, because the quality of the throw off lines is very high.
I liked this one, “She’d have been more successful had she been squat and butch—just diverse or minority enough to make rank for all the wrong reasons.” I worked with a USAF Captain who said almost the exact words to me about 30 years ago. I could still see her face when I read this.
Plenty of high quality characters to go around too. Who is your favorite sci fi hero? Maybe Malcolm Reynolds. If so, then picture that person when you read the tale of Captain Desaix who does the impossible — twice!
I am enjoying this series immensely relishing the work in front of me, and looking forward the next installment.
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I keep being surprised by the storytelling of Cole and Anspach. This volume in the Galaxy's Edge series represents only a few hours, yet it is one of...Read more