- File Size: 1899 KB
- Print Length: 316 pages
- Publisher: Raymond L. Weil; 2 edition (February 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IB3NBUE
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There were my favorites, Streth, Ariel, Clarissa, Jeremy and the gang of five as well as others that gave a sense of connection and continuity, more so than the random fighter pilot introduced in one paragraph only to die a paragraph later. I think the threat to the long time characters was more intense. I found that oddly enough, I was more concerned with Clarissa's survival than Amanda's.
There were sacrifices, tragic losses, surprise victories and turn overs to keep the pace up, but not too fast, from beginning to end. With exciting battles, meeting of interesting allies, and unveiling a little more of the setting.
Also I've been meaning to mention this for books now, but any, like me, who are space settlement enthusiast, this setting has some wonderful inclusions of orbital habitats. Its by no means a central part of the story, but its nice to see in any sci-fi setting's background.
All in all, another book where I intended on a few pages today and more tomorrow, and ended up putting aside everything else to finish reading the latest book in a day.
There were a bit too many losses to call it my favorite of the series, I think, so far, book four remains my favorite one, but this one was certainly the most epic of the series to date. I look forward to more in this series (and hopefully the return of one particular character left with a doubtful question mark, one of my two favorite characters...hope springs eternal and all).
The only problem with finishing it in a day means a longer wait until the next book, but very glad there are plans for more books.
This review is on The Slaver Wars: Retaliation, which is Book Five of The Slaver Wars series by Raymond L. Weil. This story was well worth the wait.
The Human Federation of Worlds is on the offensive against the Hocklyns and their Master AIs. The Federation has freed some of the Hocklyn slave worlds and destroyed several enemy bases. The Hocklyns on the other hand have been busy building a massive enemy fleet to track down and destroy the Human Federation warships, find their home worlds and destroy them as well. This war has been building to a climax for over 400 years now. When these two warship fleets meet, it will be a battle to the death.
The Human Federation has struggled for centuries to rebuild their civilization since the first Hocklyn invasion that destroyed their home worlds four centuries ago. Several of the main characters in this story were put into cryosleep in order to be re-awakened in time to fight the Hocklyns in a final battle for survival. The descendants of the original Federation colonies have been preparing for war ever since their home worlds were destroyed. The time for battle has arrived.
Several story lines exist in this series of battles between the Human Federation of allies and the four alien races that rule other slave worlds under control of the Masters, which have not yet been played out. The Hocklyns are only one of four enemy races under control of the Masters that must be defeated if humans hope to survive extermination. Even if the Hocklyns are defeated, the struggle will continue.
I give this book five stars because the story reaches a thrilling climax and the characters involved are all well rounded and believable. The human (and alien) emotions that result from the battles add the additional element many military science fiction stories lack that make this book a satisfying read. It is even more enjoyable to know that this book will not be the last story in the series since the final battles must be with the truly terrifying Masters who rule the center of the galaxy. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
The Slaver Wars: Alien Contact
Moon Wreck (The Slaver Wars Book 1)
The Slaver Wars: First Strike
The Slaver Wars: Retaliation
The Slaver Wars: Galactic Conflict
The Slaver Wars: Endgame
The action picks up right where it left off in the last installment and I am hooked. The technology is something you can wrap your arms around, and you really get into the head of his characters and it makes you feel as if you are right there in the middle of the action. I originally picked this up for $3.99 and I certainly received more than $3.99 worth of entertainment value and read each of these titles as fast as I could – I’m ready to read more from Mr. Weil.