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This kicks off immediately where Book 1 ends, and maintains the same frantic pace, which was awesome. Dylan Kane remains a one-man killing machine, innovating novel ways for aliens to die, even as his own death seems more likely with each turning page. Unfortunately, the aliens seem to be innovating as well, which can't be good news for Kane and his dwindling squad of makeshift troops.
This is fast paced first-person military sci-fi set in a solar system of the near future overrun by little grey men who have subjugated humanity (we helped with that mind) as cannon fodder in their war against other aliens who look a lot like Neanderthals. Kane is learning some interesting about the who and what of that conflict, but whether he can survive long enough to take advantage of it remains to be seen.
Great fun, lots of guts and gore, this is one of those novels with characters that make you care - and some that make you want to reach in and punch them out, just because - without belaboring the point emotionally or slapping us about with page upon page of backstory. Really great fun, well recommended.
“Freedom's Fire” is book one and sets the stage for domination of Earth by aliens assisted by our favorite enemy, the North Koreans. Major Dylan Kane is the protagonist. There are two alien races at work here: the Grays and the Trogs (short for troglodyte). The relationship between the Grays and the Trogs is convoluted and difficult to understand. The author mixes measurements, i.e., miles and kilometers. Bobby does have a good description of combat: “Repetitive tedium punctuated by frenetic moments of fighting to stay alive.” I did have a major problem with the crude concept of using a space ship as a ramming device similar to how navies fought 2,000 years ago. Remember the ramming scene in Ben Hur?
“Freedom's Fury (Freedom's Fire Book 2)” continues on from “Freedom’s Fire” without a break, and I do not understand why the author made it a separate book. A prologue would have been adequate justification for the split. There remained some confusion on my part as to who was in charge among the aliens. More explanation would have been helpful, but perhaps Bobby wanted to keep the reader in suspense. Major Kane faces challenges form multiple sources: the aliens and an over-bearing female colonel. Bobby again includes some age advice: “You don’t want to question things too much. Questions turn to doubts, and doubts undermine a soldier’s confidence.”
“Freedom's Fray (Freedom's Fire Book 3)” has a natural break from the previous book. Major Kane is more than a little upset to learn that his friend, Phil, had smuggled his Gray buddy, “Nick the Tick, on-board, but it turns out well. Again, the relationship between the Grays and Trogs was confusing to me.
“Freedom's Fist (Freedom's Fire Book 4)” begins with the long-awaited, on my part, helpful history of the Grays which bears resemblance to the story of the fall of humans in the Garden of Eden as recorded in Genesis. Major Kane’s unprofessional behavior really began to bother me in this book when he has to fight the urge to “show Colonel Bird my gloved middle finger and to stomp away.” The poor grammar used also became bothersome. Bobby provides insights into the burden of command: “The longer we sit here, the more likely we are to become emotionally involved with the problem. If that happens, we’ll be less likely to make a rational decision.” “Freedom’s Fist” ends in such a manner that I expect the next installment to flow right out of the last sentence.
Although I will buy the remaining “book” in order to bring closure to the series, I am conflicted and wish that I had known up front how many installments there were or would be.
I cannot recommend this series to anyone other than existing fans of Bobby Adair.
This author is perhaps the best series writer in the business at the moment, delivering coherent plot development over multiple episodes and keeping the reader engaged in the story the whole time. Not an easy task.
Adair's Slow Burn series earned him a huge following of rabid fans and this series seems certain to build on that legacy. Go read it!