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Prison Planet (THE RIM CONFEDERACY Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Meanwhile Captain Tanner Scott is assigned the job once again of being on RIM navy duty. This time he continues to have obstacle after obstacle come up to distract him from his duties. He is faced with difficulties that make choosing a course more and more difficult. His alcohol dependency continues to make his mission harder as he finds more difficult then ever focusing. But this time he is also faced with a woman that he begins to fall in love with as well. Eventually he meets the climax of this book, making the toughest decision of all, love or death. Really excited for the next story in the series!
Without trying to give up any spoilers, this one sees Captain Tanner and his crew given the RIM Navy Duty of looking after the Prison Planet of Halberd as a kind of punishment for being a drunk. He is told that he has basically a year to get sober or he is out of the Navy.
In the meantime, the Prison Planet is having a massive celebration for its One Hundredth Year without a prison break, and everybody who is anybody is coming. The Lady St August is the one who is running the show.
From there the story unfolds into a plethora of minor plots and storylines, each fascinating, with different characters, some new, most of them known to us already.
We get to see a more interesting side of Tanner this time as he battles his alcoholism. Rudnick does a brilliant job of not only describing the reasons why Tanner drinks and the inner demons he faces, but also the struggle to rid himself of the drink. It is a remarkable insight into the Captain and a man suffering from PTSD.
There are also some other great characters in this story, the stand out being Lady St August, who we get a bit more of an understanding of again in this third story.
As this series develops, Rudnick continues to grow each of his main characters, developing them and unfolding their lives. As well as the main storyline for each book, the ongoing character development is a great reason to continue reading this series.
Another great aspect of this series is that Rudnick continues also to develop the Political scene between the RIM Confederacy Worlds. As well as introducing new Alien species and new planets, he also updates the cultural and political agenda in each book, seeming to build to a bigger, underlying story.
Overall, this is another excellent story, and well worth the effort. If you have not read any of these books, and you are a Sci-Fi fan – you should definitely start reading them.
As with the other books, you can tell that Rudnick really took the time to think about his world. One of the difficulties of writing Sci-Fi is that the world, without the proper development, can seem flat. That’s just not the case in Prison Planet. Not only is the captain’s character even more fleshed out than in previous books, the world itself feels even more solid.
The prison planet itself is an interesting idea and it was especially interesting to watch a love story play out in this setting. It’s always high stakes with Tanner Scott, but this book seems to up the ante.
On the stylistic side, there are always clear descriptions of the characters and setting, which make the world feel much more rich and like something you can dwell in, which always makes a story more believable.
Prison Planet also progresses at a good pace. You aren’t given the chance to wallow anywhere for too long and scenes don’t drag on so long that you start to feel bogged down in the story or with a particular character.
In short, I loved the read and am excited to see what comes next!
The book starts of with Captain Tanner Scott in the Admiral's office--he had just been told that if he doesn't sober up in one year, he will be out of the RIM navy for real. No exceptions. Meanwhile, we are also introduced to some of the prison planet inmates who were locked up after a failed rebellion. There is plenty of action, adventure, and even a hint of romance to be found in this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought the book had a lot of potential as I started reading it, and the author definitely did the concept justice.
There are plenty of characters to get to know in this book, from the familiar Captain Tanner to the five convicts at the Max Island prison facility, which adds an extra dimension to the book. The backdrop--the world that the author has created--is absolutely well developed and is simply fascinating. The ending is satisfying and loose ends were tied up, though I certainly would not be opposed to reading more in the series. Overall, great science fiction novel!
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