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Call to Arms: Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 2 (Volume 2) Paperback – June 27, 2015
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 27, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 334 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1514627124
- ISBN-13 : 978-1514627129
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.84 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #977,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The familiar characters are back and are as likable as before. Of course there are a bunch of not so likable characters as well. I do still like the space action which is better than in a lot of books that I have read. I honestly do not understand why there seams to be a slouch of bad reviews (on Goodreads) on this particular book since to me it is more or less a logical continuation of the first one.
Yes, the ending did throw in quite a bit of a twist but, come one, it was a wee bit surprising and had an interesting twist to it, but it was not really that unexpected not that outrageous. Actually, I quite liked the ending. I do dislike the reviews that just post a silly picture with now explanation whatsoever as to why the book was bad though. That is not a review so why bother?
Anyway, I quite liked this book. It is good military science fiction as well as space opera. I could be without a lot of the political nonsense but then I have a particular distaste for that so my view on that is probably not aligning with everyone’s. Still I would say that it is a pretty good, not too heavy adventure story.
Josh states that he started this story while at an Air Force Base and that he had worked and reworked the story several times. The end result was worth the work. The style of writing makes you feel you are there on the bridge as our hero flies into battle. Each command to the crew let you feel the turn of the ship. You were there and a part of the adventure!
You have to read the last book if you have not already.
I do hope and wish Josh will bring all my friend back for more adventures, more loves and more bad guys! There is still Setsi and the Vruahn!
If you remember the latter part of the first book, Captain Jackson Wolfe (man, why couldn’t I have been given a name like that?) is being his normal disbelieving self as he’s recovering from his last battle with the Phage Alpha. If you remember in the last book, he has just rammed the Blue Jacket into a huge hole blown out of the Alpha ship near Xa’in. Of course that took care of both ships and save the planet, for the time-being.
Believe it or not, he survived that smash-up although he was certain it wasn’t going to be the last thing he ever did. The Command module he was in, was blasted clear to the final explosion and then tracked down by the recovery teams. Captain Wolfe spent two months in the hospital understanding that he lost a good part of one leg and maybe his career. Then, the most satisfying thing happened. The CIS came in and arrested Admiral Alyson Winters during the hearing for both Captain Wolfe and Commander Wright. She was sure she had them and was going to drum both out of the service. Except she now finds herself in prison! Very satisfying.
Captain Wolfe is now a Senior Captain. He was going to be promoted to Admiral, but couldn’t stand the thought of being behind a desk, so he fought vigorously to have that not happen. He then was given a brand new ship with the most advance capabilities ever produced by the Tsuyo Corporation. He also found that he was now in command of five Wolfe-class starship, the Black Fleet, Ninth Squadron!
So, he immediately takes his squadron back into the fight. He’s back a Xi’an where he finds the Phage has completely taken over the planet and is now producing more Alphas. Two Alphas are arising from the surface of Xi’an. He knows that his squadron will be tested to the limit, but they must destroy these two Alphas before they can begin destroying other planets in human space. And, that’s about what happens all during this book. Captain Wolfe and his new ship, the Ares, find themselves constantly going into battle. He also lost his XO, Commander Wright, who is now in command of one of the new starships, the Icarus. Starship officers that have battle experience are few and far between, so she had to go command her own ship and now was the time.
This book also revels a lot of political back-fighting between the politicians on Haven and the rest of the Confederacy. Most of the Alliances that make up the Confederacy have decided they do not want to fight in this war. They haven’t been at war in over 200 years and they are not threatened now, so they’re not willing to give up their respective fleets that have habitually protected their Alliances. And, then Captain Wolfe finds out that he’s been abandoned by his own Chief of Staff and the President of the Confederation.
There is so much going on in this book. But, it is very exciting. I could hardly put the books down. I think you’ll find them just as good. So far, the author hasn’t left anything hanging and what should happen, does eventually happen. Still, Captain Wolfe and his squadron of 5 new starships can hardly defeat the entire Phage armada, ok can they?
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The pace of the book is good and the author gets the self-centred political angle spot on. However, it would be nice if one book had the home world backing the military against invasion. Plus, it is another case of a superior enemy fighting against the poor humans who have a 1/3 of the capability of he enemy.
Even with all that the story continues to be plausible, pinch of salt required and a love for Star Trek, and the physics is generally sound.
I would have liked to see more of Pike in this book as I felt he was one of the high points of the first. Maybe in the third.
The ending was not expected, nice for a change, and possibly the most unrealistic part of the book. Did it let it down, not sure, only the third book will tell. It was a little convenient and maybe the situation could have been resolved better, but the author has a plan and I'm in his hands. I did like the Haven twist though, something out of ordinary.
Overall it's well written, and someone took the time to proof read it (mostly). I would recommend this and I'm going to read the next one.
The story, which picks up where the first volume ends, is still not exactly original with largely mysterious aliens wiping out human occupied and colonised planets. This takes place while mostly corrupt, selfish and/or careless politicians and senior naval commanders (there are a few exceptions) try to use whatever happens for their own benefit. The theme of the lone (and heroic) destroyer commander who desperately tries to raise the alarm among a complacent and ill-prepared human universe but gets framed as a warmonger in an attempt to discredit him is also used.
If this was it, with the “usual” space battles throw in and a relatively fast-paced and quite entertaining story, this would be an “ok” three-star book. There is, however, somewhat more to it. Some of the book’s twists and scenes are out of the ordinary, such as the way in which Commander Jackson are saved, at the eleventh hour of course, from what seemed to be total destruction. Another interesting scene is that of the Federal Assembly of Representatives in cession, with the author providing a rather interesting glimpse of politicking when some Federate States decide to suspend their contribution to the Federation, and even take hostages. Other “nice touches” were the introduction of a terrifying alien “super-weapon” and a first contact with these murderous aliens.
There were however also a few little glitches which give the impression that the author may have been a bit careless about “loose ends”. For instance and to pick on just one episodei, Fleet Special Forces, which seem to be successors from Seal Teams, take part in a daring assault to release high jacked warships and their kidnapped crews. They are carried to their target by the hero and his fellow captain and ex-Executive Officer. There are several elements in this story which are a bit difficult to believe. One is that these naval crews and their ships would all have been captured without putting up the slightest resistance to begin with. Another is that they would have been, very conveniently, held, apparently unrestrained, on their own ships. A third is that once the confrontation is resolved through negotiation, no more is heard of these Super NOVA forces, although they were left in a rather precarious position with no way of pulling out.
This one was still worth four stars as it is a mostly good and entertaining story. It still made me want to read the next instalment and learn how the humans will cope with the alien assault and retaliate.