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Shadow Warriors: Ambush: Book 2 in the Shadow Warriors Series Kindle Edition
They were kidnapped and forced to fight in an alien space fleet . . .
The Shadow Warriors are a proven force in galactic battle but the tests and threats keep coming. Countless lives were lost.
Forced to train as Shadow Warriors, Cal, Letty, Tony, Sasha, and Opi hated each other at first, but became both a crew and a family, finding a way to defeat a galactic enemy. That enemy has returned, with even more dangerous fighting ships. With their commander on trial for incompetence, can they save her career and defeat the enemy once again?
The lives of millions are again at stake.
A gripping new space opera adventure series in the spirit of Ender's Game!
"Nathan Dodge expertly weds wonder and adventure to give us a heartfelt thrill-ride. Highly recommended!" David Farland, New York Times Bestselling Author
"Nathan Dodge's Shadow Warriors is a double triumph for his diverse band of fledgling space pilots, who overcome prejudices, fears, and personal demons to triumph over foes from the depths of space. A great debut!" Diann T. Read
- ASIN : B07NBXH6DX
- Publisher : WordFire Press LLC (January 31, 2019)
- Publication date : January 31, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2382 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 310 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,281,939 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The teens definitely had trouble co-existing at first. It was neat to watch them gradually bond and form into a cohesive team. Cal ends up being the pilot with Letty as his second. Tony is the navigator, Sasha is on weapons, and Opi turns out to be a strategic genius. Normally I’m left going “why the heck would the aliens want teenagers?” but this time it makes perfect sense. They need people who are malleable, still able to learn, adapt, and change, and able to be intimidated frankly. People who can be indoctrinated into the rah-rah military atmosphere and be passionate and enthusiastic about saving Earth. I love the detail that they deliberately research and choose teens who are in conditions that they’re not likely to want to return to (yes, this does imply they have representatives on Earth, but since they have older generations of Shadow Warriors, it makes sense that some of them could work under cover on Earth).
The training is done partially with brain implants that impart knowledge, and partly by spending day in and day out training using a simulated craft running a variety of missions. The author manages to make these test missions surprisingly interesting. It’s Opi who starts to notice certain patterns in The Horde’s simulated actions, and decides to go to the library to research everything she can on past battles. This is a teen wish-fulfillment fantasy, so naturally our group is one of the very best–perhaps THE best–serving the Molethians. When training time ends, our heroes are going to have to put all of that unusual talent and knowledge to the test.
I like the characters. They’re relatively straightforward, but not one-dimensional. I thought in one case it took them waaay too long to realize a certain thing had happened. There’s a paragraph of Letty talking to Cal about how she didn’t want to have “feminine weaknesses” and wow did that have “men writing women” energy. Which was weird, because most of the time Letty and Opi are handled pretty well.
There’s a very complex tournament to determine which teams-in-training will join the Shadow Warriors at the end of their training. The book spends pages on a superior explaining how the tournament works. Then there’s a quick summary on the order of “they needed to win four fights in a row,” to which Cal thinks that’s all he needs to know, and I couldn’t help thinking that’s also all the reader needed to know.
This book was certainly entertaining, but I don’t think I’ll read the sequel. It wasn’t amazing enough to make up for the fact that this wasn’t really my jam.