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Of note is how Mr. Grant handles space combat and different planetary cultures.
Handling normal naval combat well is hard to do in and of itself. While space combat can handwave a few things, it often handwaves too much and ends up a caricature (perhaps the best example of this is Star Trek, particularly Voyager, although Next Generation and TOS also offended upon occasion), and can, depending upon the level of realism that the author wishes to employ, be even more difficult than ordinary naval combat. Mr. Grant delivers one of the best thought out, well written, believable space combat scenes it has been my pleasure to read. Outside of the titans of space opera and military science fiction I rarely encounter space combat done this well.
On different planetary cultures, Mr. Grant, a South African immigrant to the US who occasionally spent time in Sub-Saharan Africa outside of his native land, interacting with locals at a level that few (if any) diplomats and tourists ever will, gives him considerably more experience with different cultures than the average, and he uses this experience to build an enemy that contains people both good and bad, some of them doing their utmost to gain power, while others do their best to do what is right. In the end, you understand the culture of the primary enemy just as well (if not better) than that of the protagonists, so you know why the plot of the book is happening, and more importantly, why the plot of the next book will happen.
Kudos to you Mr. Grant. I truly enjoyed your book.
In this second book, the Bactrian invaders get more likable. They're no longer performing atrocities and their new leader is doing his best to rein in his war-crazed military. We also get to see some of their own problems, which show that they aren't nearly in as good a position as they seemed in the first book.
At the same time the Laredo resistance is gaining new allies. A couple of them are making quick appearances from Peter Grant's Maxwell series. I was glad to see them. They show up as supporting cast and don't take over the action.
With new allies, money and some risky decisions, will the Laredo Government-in-Exile be able to take back their planet? Read and find out!
The writing is fast-paced, the characters are well-developed, and you'll find yourself needing to re-read this one. Not because it's hard to grasp, but rather because it will keep you pressing the "next page" button right until the last sentence - and then wanting more.
Mr. Grant has hit a home run with this one. Highly recommended!
Now, we see the continuing story from a number of points of view, as factions rise to meet the new challenges faced by both Laredo **and** Bactria. Not just military action, but intrigue, skullduggery, and the complexities of building a military force from scratch.
Some old friends also appear, as the paths of Dave Carson and Steve Maxwell cross. An ingenious continuation of an expanding literary universe, and Grant's best space opera yet...
"Blade" does suffer from being the middle act of the drama. You know what's going to happen from the beginning, and, while watching the plot progress is interesting, there's little suspense. And, of course, you know from the start that the denouement will not be forthcoming in this volume. There's also a guest appearance by Steve Maxwell, and while it's good to see him pop up, he's almost a "deus ex Maxwell" here ... offering everything the Laredo government needs to advance its cause.
There is plenty to recommend here. The plot is fast, the situations, if obvious, are interesting, and Grant has the ability to get you interested, to make you want justice, to make you want the Laredo Government in exile to succeed in wresting their planet from, and wreaking vengeance upon, the evil Bactrian government.
For me, the greatest interest came from the subplot involving the ruler of Bactria. He's the successor to two generations of megalomaniacal tyrants, and is trying both to survive and save his planet from the disastrous Laredo conflict. While he doesn't actually care about the Laredans, he's no monster. Grant has written him and his wife as surprisingly sympathetic characters that are worthy of more development. I suspect we'll see more of them.
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I can't wait for the third book to come out. Anyone know the anticipated release date?
The paseing is good.Read more