- 5 Star Review KJ Simmill, Reader's Favorite:
Recusant (The Brin Archives Book 2) is an entertaining and gripping read. The story itself takes place a long time after Karm, Jontar, and Maripa guided their people from the brink of extinction. Whilst no knowledge is needed of the previous book, Hegira, I thoroughly enjoyed learning of the events which shaped the Brin's future on this planet. The manner in which the past was relayed was a stroke of genius; believable, interesting, and fitting in with the characters and plot development. Once again, Jim Cronin creates a cast of diverse and vivid characters, equipped with engaging dialogue and fully developed personalities. There are so many threads to this one tale, with hidden connections, plots and schemes, that it is impossible not to get ensnared.
- 5 Star Review Ray Simmons, Reader's Favorite:
I knew I would love Recusant, book two of the Brin Archives series by Jim Cronin, as soon as I had finished the prologue. I had read a similar end of technological advancement scenario in a David Weber series and the aliens and themes are different in Recusant. In my very personal opinion, Jim Cronin writes as well as David Weber, which is just about the greatest compliment I can give Jim Cronin because David Weber is great! The set-up and execution of what is obviously going to be a satisfying long and well written series is perfect. This is the second book and I'm dying to read the first one and can't wait for the next one.
Recusant is very well written and very well thought out. The Brin are evolved from birds and I can't help but wonder if the name Brin is a tribute to David Brin who happens to have written the best description of an intelligent avian culture I have ever read...up until now. If you love good science-fiction, Jim Cronin is a name you want to remember.