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Choice of the Cat: Book Two of the Vampire Earth Mass Market Paperback – May 4, 2004
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About the Author
- Publisher : Ace (May 4, 2004)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451459733
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451459732
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 0.94 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Set in a future where a race has arrived to literally feed off our souls, the protagonist is part of an elite force of fighters known as the Wolves. Gifted with additional abilities by an alien race, these wolves are part of what remains of the Human race keep up a resistance. In addition to alien beings and creatures from other worlds brought to earth to do the bidding of the Kurians, humans are faced with the worst in human nature in the form of Quislings; humans that have allied themselves with their conquerors to help hold onto what little comforts are left on a planet literally thrown back in time.
In this adventure, we find David recruited by the even more exclusive group of fighters known as Cat's. Utilized as spy's and for acts of sabotage, the Cat's are silent and have abilities above other humans. No spoilers here except to say that this transformation molds David into an even deadlier fighter, able to bring a little dread back down on the enemy. Great follow up tot he first book.
The fierce spirits of the renegade fighters in these stories appeals to me very much and I think this author has chosen very wisely to put his freedom fighters in the center of America because of all the wilderness areas available for engaging in guerrilla warfare. The alien beings are divided into good and evil forces and David Valentine went through an invocation performed by one of the Lifeweavers to give him Wolf attributes. Now he has been forced to resign his commission and strike out to find another Lifeweaver who can give him the Cat senses he will need to track down The General, a shadowy figure who is marshaling forces under the banner of the twisted cross, a backward swastika emblem worn by a destructive group of Kur and Reapers never seen before.
This is another interesting story in this series. This volume has characters who continue from start to finish and who will obviously be in the third book also. The only negative aspect of the book might be that it could be difficult to pick this book up and readily understand this complex civilization if you have not read the first novel in the series. There are many references to occurrences which happened previously that aren't fully explained. As I've said before, probably it would be best to start with book one before taking on this one. I see that there are quite a few books in the full series so there is certainly lots of good reading ahead.
His portrayal of the lone soldier doing what he can to survive in a ravaged post-apocalyptic world, wile trying to defend freedom makes for an engaging read. It isn't the deepest story out there, or a military expose, but it is a fun, quick, engaging, read.
If you are looking for something a little different, that isn't heavy, but provides a lot of good story and character development, then this is a excellent choice.
Fast forward. They escape the battle with the Cat staying behind to gather intel and provide further distractions for the Wolves. Valentine's unit, now at 60% strength is disbanded and are all given leave. Val receives a letter stating that he must appear under escort to face court martial for his actions. Apparently, the captain is trying to save face by throwing him under the bus. David is given the choices to face court martial, accept decommission, or resign. The Cat, one Ali Duvallier, appears and advises him to resign so he can be free to accept Cat training. He does, and so trains to become and eventually becomes a cat.
The two of them are tasked with the mission to investigate "The Crooked Cross", a Quisling group using a backwards swastika as their symbol, and operating throughout all Kur lands autonomously, while venturing forth to destroy freeholds throughout the land. What follows is.....i cant tell ya', but it is the meat of part two in the series. I will tell you this. We find out that not all Grogs follow the Kurians, and some are actively opposed to them, offering the humans fighting in the resistance a possible ally.
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A well written book as always, the storyline is better than the first book in that less description is needed and more work has been done on discovery and furthering the plotline rather than backfilling 'what has gone before'... the new developments leave plenty of scope for the continuing development of the storyline and leaves you looking forward to the next book!