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Part Two, Libre, takes us to the rescued ship home star system where though they fail to find help on the home world, there is possible assistance to be found with their citizen rejects. This story is filled with heroism and heartbreak. Oh how I cried. I felt so completely immersed in the story that it was truly a letdown to come to the end and remember it IS a story. Seven stars. No sex. Syfy violence which doesn’t seem so blood n guts somehow. Minimal non graphic but sadness.
'James Bond is what every man would like to be, and what every woman would like between her sheets.' So, too, is Alex Racine, the hero of book 1. There, he was a 28 year-old prodigy who developed a method of accelerating mineral-rich asteroids toward linkup with buyers back home. Born of prospector parents, he is a self-confident young man from a peaceful planet of colonists. Then he lassoed a ship coasting past and his life changed.
Book 2 poses the question: can he assume the mantle as shrewd Captain of a damaged ship from another planet? Can he return them to tell their tale to people they left behind?
The original survivors and his volunteers dedicate themselves to return and face those Silver Ships, making him their Admiral. While they are less-sophisticated, the 'New Terrans' quickly adopt tools and methods of the visiting Meridiens -and none so fast as Alex- going so far as to mind-meld with the ship's AI. The more he functions like that, the more people (and computers) around him revere his person. Ex:
' You’re a very resourceful human, Admiral. >
< A little ingenuity and a little fortune go a long way, Cordelia. >
< Your modesty does not suit your accomplishments, Admiral. Although, I believe the question is moot. Many others sing your praises for you. >
< That’s always a dangerous song for any individual to hear, Cordelia. > '
Jucha, S. H. (2015-07-06). Libre, A Silver Ships Novel (The Silver Ships Book 2) (p. 130). S. H. Jucha. Kindle Edition.
We know reviewers expect characters to mature during a series. Honor Harrington The Honor of the Queen, Second Edition (Honor Harrington Book 2) could. But Alex's adoption as leader could never make up for his lack of military schooling, which prepared Honor for her increased responsibilities of command. Also, the Space Opera imagery is vague once it starts. Post-action analysis is guesswork of the enemy's motivations. Alex may be Renee's big lovable teddy-bear, but he was a prospector and mathematician, not a tactician. Still, other characters compete for the honor of serving Alex his meals(?). (Two stars)
The redeeming plot element of the book is a deadline that must be met- or else. Every effort must be accelerated, and shortcuts taken, if anyone is to escape. The tick of approaching doom is audible in every chapter. You'll wonder if the humans are up to the challenge, or will they fail? (+two stars)
Verdict: uneven characterization but heart-stopping suspense.
There is no drama, and practically no conflict.
The Silver ships play a very small role in the book.
There is perhaps one single minor conflict between two characters in the book
and that is it. The characters are extremely shallow and one dimensjonal.
Everyone gets along, everyone worships the superhuman admiral
who can do no wrong.
The people who are left on Libre and cannot be rescued are very
content with it. There is no pushing, no shoving, everything in
Just like the first book plots starts good, then drags in organization details, at some time it feels like reading a project report, then picks up for a couple page then drags again until the end where just like the first the pace gets really fast because the story has to finish and then end abruptly.
After reading the two books I feel like the author really enjoy describing/watching people working and day to day business of a manufacturing plant or something like that. Maybe that's what he did in life?
At the end you feel like after reading 400 pages not much happened, you could resume the entire book to someone in about a minute and they would not miss anything from the story.
So overall interesting story, I wished there was less project management and more story development.
I'll probably get the next one but I don't know, so many books to read and so little time to do it.
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