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I can't say enough about this book. After reading the action-packed first one I was really excited about the second installment and it does not disappoint. In fact, I liked this one even more! The first book read like an action film full of hair-raising adventures, narrow escapes, fun one-liners, hilarious characters (Heckubus!), and intense battle sequences. The worlds that we were introduced to in the first novel were captivating and fun and in the second one we become acquainted with even richer ones that give us a glimpse at the complex backstory behind the Earthman Jack legend and the mysterious Ancients.
So not only do we have the hysterical ragtag gang from the first novel getting into new antics, we also have a whole host of new characters from many more different worlds that are involved in a more subtle game of political tug-of-war involving the levers of power in the Capitol. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Jack transition from fighting Death Lords to become a fish-out-of-water celebrity getting acclimated to the Capitol where he doesn't quite know who the enemies are anymore.
Only now I'm realizing that the first book was just wetting our whistles for the the cornucopia of scifi and fantasy goodies to come. After reading the second one, it's official...this will be the next Harry Potter, which brings up two questions (1) When is the next one? and (2) When is the movie coming out?
Film studios, if you have a brain, you should read Earthman Jack. Can't wait for the third! The sooner the better. Long live Heckubus!!!!!!!!
Having said that, Earthman Jack vs. The Secret Army (Earthman Jack Space Saga Book 2) by Matthew Kadish, is such a book. Yes, you know the hero will win the day, but how will he do it? What pit stops, and pit drops will be in the way? Who will help him, and who will hurt him? Who is that person in the shadows? Who is the person in the spotlight? I have learned to care about these characters, and what characters they are, from the plotting fiends (yes more than one) and the plotting heroes, and heroines (again, more than one) and how they interact.
Have you heard that you will use speech used by people you admire? What does it mean, when a villain uses words the way Jack does?
The only thing I did not care for, and this is something Matt does well, most of the time, which is the inclusion of other Sci-Fi references, books, movies, bon mots, cliches, and the rest. This time, it was the inclusion of a visit by a Time Lord (you read and figure out which one.) My reason for not liking this visit, is that a co-mingling of those Jack's world and the Time Lord's bespeaks a question. Where was he, to save Earth in book 1, since Earth is his favorite planet, aside from Gallifrey?
Read this book, it will keep you involved, interested and wanting more (which is coming ... soon?).
Jack is still coming to grips with his home planet of Earth being completely obliterated, and is trying to settle into the fact that he's living in a new world, with new, unusual people and customs, and the friendships he made in Book 1 are being tested to their limits.
Is Jack the "Chosen One"?
Will the queen end up choosing Jack over the Crown?
What dark mysteries lie behind the masks of certain high-level individuals?
Will Jack and his friends band together once again to save the Universe?
These questions and so much more begin to get answered as we continue our journey with Earthman Jack Finnegan.