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Operation Shield: A Cassandra Kresnov Novel Paperback – April 8, 2014
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Praise for the Cassandra Kresnov novels:
"Outstanding. I love this series! Kresnov is a captivating heroine, and Shepherd writes with skill and insight. Frightening and beautiful and provocative and smart."--Jeff Carlson, international bestselling author of Frozen Sky
"Robert Ludlum meets Elizabeth Moon in this classic military SF adventure...balancing crisp action with characters you can really root for." --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Joel Shepherd (Adelaide, South Australia) is the author of four previous Cassandra Kresnov novels--Crossover, Breakaway, Killswitch, and 23 Years on Fire--and four novels in the Trial of Blood and Steel series--Sasha, Petrodor, Tracato, and Haven. He is currently midway through a doctoral program in International Relations, and has also studied film and television, interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, and traveled widely in Asia. Visit him online at www.joelshepherd.com.
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This one follows 23 Years on Fire, to track a political plot to hide...no, that would give it away. Suffice it to say that Cassandra picks up three orphans, adopts them and brings them home just in time for things to...no, can't talk about that, either. Anyway, the story tension started to lift me off my chair about halfway through the book, and that was well before the point the shooting started--with very large weapons--again. Once that started...well, I hope your pacemaker's in good shape.
The Kresnov books are so good--and so hard to describe--because they mix political, sociological, financial, and military aspects of life together into an extremely believable universe. There are no simple answers, no Asimovian feel-good Utopias, no philosophical snake oil extolling the virtues of the author's pet socio-economic construct, just a crazy jumble of people, some bad, most just getting by.
Sure, the sociological is up front; Cassandra (Sandy to most) and the others like her were assembled to be shock troops, effectively slaves of one side in an interstellar war, and the core of the series is her flight to the other side, discovery of hatred and friendship, and acceptance into her new society. What really held my attention this time, though, was the political: When is it OK for the government to control information, to spy on citizens, to violate its own laws? Is security better than freedom?
I know the above sounds heavy, but the story (and the series) is a great read. And, if you enjoy thinking about the book after you've finished, so much the better.
I wonder if Sandy would teach me how to surf...
I feel it is highly advisable to start with at least the previous book in the series as this novel begins directly where it left off. This is more of a part two, following Twenty Three Years on Fire.