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Declination Paperback – August 28, 2009
"He offers a morality play transformed into high adventure and that's a working definition of science fiction at its best." -- Ebook Reviews(20 Jul 2002) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
On the bridge of the Apocalypse, multihued status lights blinked their variegated chorus, tactical display consoles streamed data garnered from the enemy vessel, and the ships computer silently tended to a myriad of pre-programmed functions. The ship was seven short of its normal complement, leaving only one man -- David Atgard -- but his attention was not concentrated on blinking lights or scrolling readouts. David Atgards attention was, instead, focused rather intently on the viewscreen, which displayed an image that was, though from a decade ago, hauntingly familiar.
Seconds passed and seemed like eons. There was no sign of activity from the alien ship. No movement, no attempt at communication. The categorical indifference was, indeed, the very hallmark of the alien species.
Suddenly, the viewscreen changed, resolving to show the bridge of the alien ship, a sight with which David was also all too familiar. Though he had last seen it ten years ago, his recollection was as vivid as any memory he had. Every detail of the alien bridge was exactly as he remembered it: hovering light-beings clustered around indecipherable patterns of light, flickering and changing shape seemingly at will. In the center was a being more brilliant than the rest, and the Admiral was forced to squint in order to prevent the entire scene from merging into a single luminous blur.
"Yes, Admiral David Caesar Atgard," came the beings delayed response. "We do indeed remember you."
The words -- or, more accurately, the thoughts -- of the creature were not spoken aloud, but instead reverberated only in Davids mind.
"Good," replied the Admiral, leaning forward in his command chair, uncomfortably aware that he was alone on the ship. "Then you remember what happened the last time you killed innocent people without provocation."
"Yes," replied the being, in the same manner as before. "We do indeed remember what happened."
"Yet you destroy entire planets," spat the Admiral, only peripherally aware that his emotions were threatening to overcome him. "And you come again to destroy another. Must we trade death for death? How many will be enough? How many humans do you have to kill before the justice you claim you seek has been meted out?"
The aliens appeared to ponder this for several moments, flickering in unison as they presumably discussed their response. Abruptly the flickering abated, and David thought he sensed an increase in the beings luster.
The light-being in the center seemed to float slightly closer as it spoke.
"All of them," it said.
The viewscreen suddenly went black. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I judge my science fiction on a modified version of the Baen criteria: the scientific advances / future technology needs to be somewhat believable, if there are aliens they need to be presented in some realistic format with names I can pronounce in my head while I read, and must have some type of plot with circumstances - good or bad - with their resolution I can get my head around, believe, and be interested in turning to the next page to learn more; that's quite a mouthful, but we've all read a lot of bad science fiction over the years.
With all that being said, this book hits it on most fronts - like Book One of the series I still can't pronounce the names of the alien races, but Book Two seems a bit rushed and incomplete to me. There's not too much interaction with Daniel, and (without having a spoiler) I found a couple of the situations near the end a bit unrealistic. The author did a great job setting the stage for ten years since the conclusion of Book One, then about two-thirds into the Kindle version it seemed as if there must have been a mad push to get this story told, completed, and out the door. Many scenes could / should have been developed more as they were incomplete.
I still enjoyed the series overall. The author left it open at the end as if there might be a sequel, but I will probably wait and see what other reviewers think of it instead of immediately rushing out to buy it as I did with this one. The author has a nice writing style, and I would like to see him try his hand at more sci fi.
The challenges are once again nearly impossible, but due to strong moral fiber, excelllent combat skills, good leadership and a bit of luck, these challenges are successfully met. Before even starting this book, I somehow knew they would do it, but it was still very entertaining to read how it was done. Although there were a few places in the first book that made me raise an eyebrow, I didn't really experience that with this book. Some ethics and morality issues are touched upon to provide a bit more depth than just space combat adventure story.
This books has left me hungry for more space combat books. Fortunately there are a lot of recent good ones out there to choose from. Despite the cheap price, this book and its prequel compare quite favorably to the more expensively priced e-books.
I gave it 5 stars.
The book is action-packed from the very beginning until the very end.
Our friends from the first book, the crew from the Apocalypse, are not together anymore but as the story unfolds they inevitably cross paths in the fight against the forementioned enemies.
This is a great book for lovers of space Science Fiction and if you are a Star Trek fan, this is just the book for you. You get a lot of space fights and meet alien races.
I can highly recommend it.
I'd like to see more of these characters in another book please.
In Declination I see none of this and it's simply a well written and very enjoyable story. It just feels like he's matured in his writing style and I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I look forward to future books from David Derrico!