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Cheryl, Sid, Juice and Criss are all covert and clandestine operators so need to stay low and work together.
There are great action scenes, realistic, and sequenced well so that the excitement holds you, and keeps you turning the pages (moon base was exciting). Interesting development with Criss but not unexpected, and yet I loved how the 'Criss development' was used — dual purpose and gave the story great tension. It also allowed for Criss to experience life and fight back differently. As with Crystal Deception, Criss has been well written and I would have loved to have more on Criss, and even, Crispen.
The scenes between Sid and Cheryl are just great, and I loved the scene in the canteen (won't give it away). Plus, a rescue is always welcome in any story ☺.
There was more on the Kardish this time. It was good to read both sides planning and making mistakes. There are lots of teasers about the Kardish and I still wished for more. Half a star lost here :(
There are a lot of things that happen between the end of the first story and the beginning of the second in terms of how earth works to protect itself and it's revealed mainly via Cheryl's scenes. In the end the 'team' resort to similar tactics used in the first book when resolving the problem, but the actual plan and delivery is quite different in the end.
But, objectives remained the same. Kill or be killed.
Lenny creates some tension at a time and times when there is need for smooth operations. His personality is distinct and adds flavour. There's just a bit too much of him I feel. Half a star deducted here :(
Now, I loved the way the author wrote Juice's part. :) Juice is smart and fit but she's not military and 'save the world' type though she ends up having to help out again, despite her own emotional pain. I could relate to her quite a bit. There are a few great scenes with her and Criss as they struggle to come to terms with different problems while thrown together.
I hope there's another on the way.
Synopsis (from the author): Aliens fire the first shots in their invasion of Earth, and that’s when Criss realizes he’s outmatched. He spent years preparing for this moment, working with his human leadership to develop weapons and refine strategies. Created with the thinking and reasoning ability of a thousand people, Criss never expected the invaders to arrive with an artificial intelligence that dwarfed his capabilities, nor did he expect to be the target of their vengeance. When he squares off against the alien goliath to protect the world, defeat is certain. Or is it? Together with Sid, Cheryl, and Juice—a covert operative, Fleet officer, and crystal scientist—Criss struggles to defeat the aggressors and save civilization from annihilation. But can he outsmart the alien intelligence in a titanic battle of wits? And can he do so before Earth lies in ruins?
What I liked: The story picks up a couple of years after the first books ends and the now familiar and likeable characters have carried on with their lives. With the help of Criss, the AI crystal, the other three main characters are preparing defenses for Earth in the event the Kardish return. This sets the stage for a nice tale of intrigue, action, a touch of romance and heartbreak, and the introduction of the new character Lenny. I liked the interplay between the characters and the growth of Criss as an AI entity that seems more and more human.
What I didn’t like: Lenny’s character was a bit stereotypical. He was the nerdy, brilliant college kid, who had a bit of a voyeur in him. However, in fairness, his character did evolve throughout the story. Other than that, not much for me to dislike.
Overall impression: Crystal Conquest was a good sci-fi read. I liked the characters, liked the plot, and enjoyed the story. I would recommend it to any sci-fi fan! Well done Doug Cooper!
My rating: 5 Stars