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Terra Stands Alone (The Theogony) (Volume 3) Paperback – August 13, 2014
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"Love this series of books. Fast pace, full of action, enjoyable read. Can't wait to see more from Chris Kennedy." - Jay Clark
"Great action in a dangerous universe. The author has the ability to make one aware that the clock is always ticking so that the reading experience can be tense." - Trevor J. Hall
"Terra Stands Alone (The Theogony Book 3) was Kennedy's best so far in a series that has taken us from a US-Sino War to space where human's must face fascinating aliens and fight for mankind's survival. Cannot wait to see how this series pivots next!" - Robert C. Jones
"As always the fast pace of his writing makes it hard to put down. This is where science fiction and action genres meet." - James vdB
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This book completes The Theogony trilogy. Don't worry, though, Calvin and Company will be back in "The Search for Gram," the first book of the Codex Regius trilogy. "The Search for Gram" is expected to be released in early 2015. You can also look for "Can't Look Back," the first of a new fantasy series, in November, 2014.
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Each one does a fairly impressive job of building up tension and slowly increasing the pressure on humanity.
That's the problem, in order to keep increasing the tension and pressure when the stories are so formulaic, the warriors fighting for LCDR Hobbs must die in droves. There has to be a confused and chaotic boarding action in space that makes little sense, but somehow is pivotal to deciding the outcome of a great space battle that might not be in the same system.
This was only the third of the six books in this 3 trilogy combination, but by this time I had noticed the problems. I just ignored them originally because at the time I was enjoying the action scenes. Later, and especially after reading the sixth book to conclusion I suddenly felt disgust that I had allowed myself to be swept up in the empty action and had not seen just how much these books copied from each other.
They are fun, but there is no reason to read all of them. Each one is pretty much the same. The way Chris hides that is in the huge casualty count. So many named characters get killed each book that he has to introduce new ones and that hides how little variation there is in the plot
My problems with his books are the same as in the last 2 books. All the ET races are from human mythology, and either very good or very evil. Also, why would you take a black hole to the surface of a world instead of just launching it in a missile. Oh yeah, Black holes DO NOT create more gravity. Gravity is created by mass. A Black Hole concentrates mass, but does not create any more material. Physics just does not allow that.
That said, Mr. Kennedy's battle scenes are very good. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would.
Yes, I understand that I just described it as "good".... but that's a value that meets a lot of varied criteria. Excellent characterization, logical world building, consistent plot and features, and so much more. But the main element to my "good" is that I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the time I spent in his Theogony world. I enjoyed the character's interaction, their demonstrated values, and all the rest that combines into a "world", or in Mr. Kennedy's case, a universe. It was very entertaining, and, even more important, I shall continue to buy all of Mr. Kennedy's books... for as long as he writes them.