By Other Means (On Silver Wings Book 5) Kindle Edition
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"By Other Means", as the title implies, has Captain Sorilla Aida joining the diplomatic team as a 'bodyguard' to the SOLCON Ambassador negotiating the truce with the Alliance worlds. Aida's actual duties include cultural information gathering with the purpose of identifying weaknesses in the Alliance. The good news for Solcon is that the Alliance is fraught with factions but the bad news is that at least two groups if not more want to use the humans to destroy the truce, including killing everyone on the ship and/or station and get the hot war started again. Ultimately circumstances places Aida working alongside her old enemy Kriss (plus other interesting new characters from both the Alliance and SOLCOM worlds) when the Aida style kick-a$$ mayhem finally breaks out.
My only serious complaint is that BOM is a little short on pages compared to the others in the series which was a disappointment as I read the entire novel in just a few hours. Also, I'm a little worried about where Currie is going with this new story arc as I'm not a fan of cold war style spy thrillers. I highly suggest one read the earlier books in the series first, particularly the first book "On Silver Wings" that remains my favorite.
I note other reviewers' remarks about grammar and spelling errors. I guess that is true but I only recall being jerked from the story one time for a grammar error. Unfortunately I've become inured to all kinds of errors as I rarely find any self published or small publishing house book that is not full of errors. My pet peeve are lazy authors who can't keep their subjective, possessive & objective pronouns straight but I think Currie passed that low bar.
4 stars because the earlier books were better.
This one, though...meh. First, it could have easily been 4-5 chapters in another book. Not only was it short, word/page wise, but the overall scenario, situation was short. It was not what I would consider a novel, nor even a novella.
Second, the grammar and spelling errors, and word mis-usage, were much worse in this. The rest of teh books in the series felt as if they were professionally edited. This one, well, no. It felt like a self-published kindle book, with numerous mistakes throughout, which always bothers me.
Third, well, it just didn't grab me like the other books did. The scale of the action was much smaller, more intimate, and while some like that, and I usually do, this just didn't work for me. It didn't grab me, didn't pull me in, and make me frantically read page after page after page.
Finally, the aliens just didn't feel alien. When Sorilla was wandering around the staion, it felt, to me, like she was wandering around any neighborhood on Earth. The aliens felt like Star Trek aliens, you know, the kind that look and act human, except for some slightly odd facial feature (scarred nose, green skin, etc...) . No sense of wonder to them, or mystery, unlike the first four books.
Having said all that, it was still enjoyable, and I will certainly buy the next book in the series, in hopes that it is better. Evan, your books are in general great, and I have enjoyed this series, and your other series (Odyssey One). I hope that your quality of writing improves back to where it was in the first four books in this series.
Treaty negations are going on and both sides wonder who is the more powerful side. It clearly is the Aliens but they wonder if a human superweapon defeated their massive fleet of ships and if so, what else do the humans have that they have not disclosed yet. Captain Sorilla is assigned to a diplomatic mission to the aliens. She is designated as a security detail member but in reality she is heavy protection as well as a spy and a distraction to the alien security forces at the negotiations. After all, she seems to be super human and she has killed more aliens in the war and any other single person….
This is the last book of the series and yet it leaves you hanging and suspecting that more is to come. I have read all of the books in the series. I gave this one a 4 star rating as the plot and storyline just seemed to slow down. It was good but not great and the storyline for me just wasn’t as intense as books 2, 3 and 4. For that reason it was a letdown for me. The story line through the last three books was red hot and intense and it transgressed to more of a spy novel in this last one which was presented at a slower pace
"toss there way" instead of "toss their way"
"if the presence of a Master of Ships was present, ..."
" the most cost efficient want to destabilize " instead of " the most cost efficient way to destabilize "
"shock to the psyche of ever serving spacer" instead of "shock to the psyche of every serving spacer"
If you can get past that, you can enjoy a novel that incorporates economics, psychology, strategy and science.