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Dreadnought And Shuttle: Halcyone Space, book 3 (Volume 3) Paperback – May 25, 2016
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"If you love the kind of space story where ordinary people with flaws and fears are the heroes, and good people need to make choices in a messy and uncertain world, then Dreadnought And Shuttle is the kind of book you'll want to clear your evening for." --Audrey Faye, author of The KarmaCorp Novels "A fabulous and phenomenal tale! Cohen has delivered us an exhilarating one-two punch in this third book of her Halcyone Space series. Sci-fi lovers will geek out over all the techy-goodness. And for us adventure-seekers, there's a thrilling (and romantic) chase through space that will leave you happily satisfied!" --Janet B Taylor, author of INTO THE DIM "A fitting third installment to the Halcyone Space series, LJ Cohen's Dreadnought And Shuttle brings together again the team we learned to love in Derelict and Ithaka Rising, for a rollicking adventure of rescue and justice." --Lou J Berger, author of "Leaving Bordeaux" and other short fiction
About the Author
LJ Cohen is a novelist, poet, blogger, ceramics artist, and relentless optimist. After almost twenty-five years as a physical therapist, LJ now uses her anatomical knowledge and myriad clinical skills to injure characters in her science fiction and fantasy novels. She lives in the Boston area with her family, two dogs, and the occasional international student. DREADNOUGHT AND SHUTTLE (book 3 of the SF/Space Opera series Halcyone Space), is her sixth novel. LJ is a member of SFWA, Broad Universe, and the Independent Publishers of New England.
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The characters are very well developed, and it improves as you move across all 3 books. There is one solid love story going on and, in my opinion, a few more on the near horizon. At least I hope so. I find the girl-girl romance to be very special and tender. I'm an old man and I really enjoy the authors' sense of what love really is and can become.
The plot is very complex and the love story is an integral part of it- not just filler. I have a feeling this book was written towards a young adult audience and that's awesome. More folks in that age group need good reads. The plot is, of course, muti-faceted and has yet to complete. Though each book does sort of tell a story on it's own. I burned through these books- very engaged. I really wan t to read the next one.
Notice I'm not giving up much-- that's because YOU need to read it and I can almost guarantee you'll enjoy these books.Very inspiring reading... deals with trust, friendship, and even sacrifice. Good stuff.
Ro is (slowly) getting her prickly anti-social kneejerk impulses under control, and Barre has finally found where he fits in without having to change who he is. Jem is still having brain problems, but there's some light at the end of the tunnel now. I also really loved Micah and his storyline, as I think he's one of the most intriguing guys in the series. Robert Frost would have said Micah has far to go before he sleeps. We're also introduced to a new character named Dev, who I hope will remain part of the series because she has some mad survival skills. Seriously, we need this gal on the ship, LJ.
I've loved this universe since I read the first book two years ago, and the sequel was just as cool. This is the kind of science fiction I grew up reading, with characters you felt were like real friends, who would take you through galactic playgrounds where anything might happen. It gives me hope, too, that someday maybe the color of our skin and the shape of our eyes or who we fall in love with won't be judged by the nimrods. I know, but hey, a girl can dream -- and that's what these books are filled with, too. It's what makes them such a pleasure to read.
I highly recommend Dreadnought and Shuttle by LJ Cohen as an excellent addition to anyone's SF shelves. This review was originally posted on my blog as my choice for book of the month.
But for those who don't know, the series follows the accidental crew of a once-derelict spaceship and its finicky artificial intelligence. Where (in my experience) most sci-fi series would put interaction with the AI front and center and use it as a means of making statements about mankind, LJ takes the more reasonable approach of leaving the AI as a tool, as it would be in a world where such things are common, and letting the characters reveal themselves through the dialogue and plot.
This installment introduces the character of Dev, an inventive materials science student, who I found to be the strongest and most likable protagonist so far. Mistaken as having more importance than she does, Dev is kidnapped and used as leverage in an ever-expanding web of interstellar crime and political intrigue. The characters are all young adults, and readers of the genre will be happy to find they are not precocious adults but rather realistically burdened with developing psyches, which means there is a fair amount of face reading and second guessing, particularly with the adults (who are the biggest troublemakers), as the crew tries to find their place in the universe.
And it's a big universe. LJ has created a stellar backdrop (pun intended) for her characters to find trouble in. I personally wouldn't have minded seeing a little bit more of that, perhaps with a chapter or two written from the antagonist's POV, but the book doesn't suffer for a lack of it. And even if it wraps up a bit quickly, the resolution is satisfying and leaves us with the promise of more to come.