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A large reason for the increase in quality is the fact that all the pesky introduction stuff is out of the way. So after an initial reintroduction and necessary "back on Earth" jibberjabber, we are thrown back 'into the black' of space. Pretty quickly the action starts in this book, and it doesn't let off until probably ten minutes from the end, maybe only five.
Not joking about that pacing either, after about 10% in, it just becomes military action with some sci fi curveballs that I don't usually see thrown in. As such, this book is a prime example of what I call a road trip novel. You can just turn it on and listen or read on and on without getting tired of it, but also not have to pay too close attention to it.
More story-wise, most of our favorites from the previous book are back, but they take more of a backseat this time around. Instead we get some new characters with character. I don't know how Currie does it, but he transitions between multiple perspectives and from old to new characters with out it being even a little deal, let alone a big deal.
I still can't believe how much I enjoyed this book and the first one, but I do recommend it to anyone wanting science fiction military action with some unique twists.
There are a few slower moments, but they just build up the suspense for the next catastrophe. The author uses them brilliantly.
I never give away spoilers, so I will just say, it's going to be fascinating to see how/if the author manages to get the human race through what is coming at them!
I have really come to like and care about these characters, which is saying a lot about the authors writing ability. There are so many of them!
There are so many different perspectives to view the situation from, and the author deftly switches from one to another smoothly. Not so often as to be annoying, but just enough to keep it interesting and informative.
When I finish this series, I will definitely be looking for more from this author!
Many aspects of this book certainly warrant a five star rating.
* Mr. Currie approaches this book entirely different than the first book though the mood and focus is very similar...a lot of action!
* Mr. Currie goes to great effort to expand this story, a variety of new subplots are developed, as he obviously wants this to be more than..just collection of books with the same characters and a lot of action. In book two, he lays the ground work for this to be an epic, an on going saga, with more character development, more intrigue and the unknown of, 'spirituality'.
* I have only read about a dozen mil sci fi books, but I have found no better author when it comes to 'ship to ship' combat.
* Some other reviewers said that his techno talk was excessive and a few times I ran over it very fast cause it was...too much, but I did not think it that excessive. ALOT of sci fi writers really get into describing how things work in their future
* Mr. Currie also adds to his 'action portfolio' to include ground combat which is a great additional concept. However, I do not think that he does it very well despite a lot of effort (three star). Obviously, Mr. Currie has never been a 'ground pounder' and lacks the experience to help him paint a better visual picture of what is happening and the experience. I would recommend that Mr. Currie read some.. ground combat books. The Afghanistan War Book Series by James Christie is excellent but there are many others. He would help himself also to become more familiar with some of the.. real infantry terms, i.e. 'rally point' would be better than, 'way point'. In lieu of more visual description of the ground combat, he tended to say some of the same things over and over, i.e. 'how can those drones multiply so fast'-stated too often.
Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot, will continue with the series and believe that Mr. Currie does a very good job. It is what I call a mil sci fi book...by that I mean, there is ALOT of action. I am dismayed by some reviewers who have said there is too much action. And while I do not agree, I understand because there are a number of well known authors who write under the mil sci fi genre, but their books are mostly personal drama, insecurities, bickering, jealousy, etc...they should be under the genre of 'mil sci fi soap operas'. they should have a warning that little action is involved and no main characters are ever killed, just, 'other crewmen'.
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