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Hospital Ship (THE RIM CONFEDERACY Book 5) Kindle Edition
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This is where the story actually starts to really get fascinating, as Captain Scott begins his stay and starts to get assessed.
Rudnick does an incredible job of delving into Scott’s psyche, helping us understand what has happened to the man, the damage it has caused, the PTSD, and the his reasons for drinking.
I found this story to be truly fascinating on a personal basis as someone who has had experience with both PTSD and EMDR therapy. Rudnick’s detailed descriptions of Scott’s therapy was incredibly accurate, making this story completely believable and lifelike.
But this story isn't just about Scott and his personal life, as with all the RIM Confederacy books, there are multiple other plots in each of the continuing sagas. In this one, there is a strong focus again on the Barony, as well as an inner look at the workings of some of the Caliphate. This revolves around the Hospital Ship, and the Ikarian virus, and the hope of a vaccine for longer life.
As with the other stories. Rudnick’s characters are exceptional, although I would have to say, this particular book was beyond outstanding for the writing of Scott’s recollection of the events that have led him to have such an addiction to scotch. It's interesting to see that it’s these events that not only have traumatised him, but have also helped to shape him into the Captain he is, making him more experienced than most on the RIM. Unfortunately the human mind is not built to deal with such events as some of us know from personal experiences.
For those who may be concerned, there is a lot of good action in this book as well, as I have alluded to with the plot for the Ikarian virus.
Overall, this is, for me, Rudnick’s best work easily, and shows how impressive he is at writing Military Sci-fi, as well as superior Character driven work.
The author painted vivid images in my head as I flipped from page to page. The author definitely did not disappoint me with this book!
If you love action packed space adventures, this is a read will totally captivate you!
The story arc of main characters gets down to three. Two Royalty and One Brilliant Drunken Captain. It is a slow burn of aspiring love, possible love triangle, Ancient technology, alien species, ships with weapons, greed and power. Two women who want that empire for themselves and conspire against each other with a Fine Scotch drinking Captain in the middle. Think of two woman on each arm having a tug of war over how to best abuse, utilize, take advantage of this staggering form of Captaincy.
Then there is the vaccine for drunkenness that cures a drunk for 19% of the population. No more said on this point.
There is vacuum jumping(read books to know what that is), mice on the loose, longevity, 10 arrows in 10 seconds, PTSD, Purple/Orange BIO Gel, alien discs, human bartering, pirates, abuse of all kinds.
On the other side, stories are a little short. In my mind, they could be 100 pages longer and really dive deeper into the story lines associated with each book in the series. I also look forward to a little more space action than what has been there so far.
Editing was not bad, my Kindle Drone voice translated fairly well.
I would recommend. Solid 4 stars from me. I would dive deeper into the subject material, expand the books a little.
P.S. I got it free thanks to Kindle Unlimited.
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I recommend this book to any space opera fan.