Vigilante: A Major Ariane Kedros Novel Mass Market Paperback – October 6, 2009
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- ASIN : 045146298X
- Publisher : Ace; Original edition (October 6, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780451462985
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451462985
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 0.89 x 6.74 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,069,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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They seize a generational ship, one purpose of which is to install N space buoys ever father out, which allow pilots like Kedros to drop into that space in order to achieve FTL travel.
The tale lurches back and forth between various POVs, as the three humans(to say nothing of a too clever by half AI) get separated, and spymaster Col. Edones launches a rescue mission. Not knowing what each of the others are up to, they developd different strategies of survival, countermeasures, and damage control, which involve two competing human factions (besides the fanatics) and the presence of the alien Minoans (who had brokered a peace between the two factions before the beginning of the series). They were introduced in the first book, and we learn more about them here. And as we do, maybe you'll begin to wonder, as did I, if Ms. Reeve's creation is meant to be a future version of our own universe, or an alternate one. Perhaps in future novels we shall find out.
The tale, like "Peacekeeper," is complete in itself, and the minimal setup for further adventures takes place only in the last few pages. The author, in only her second book, demonstrates amazing skills at scene setting, world building, and military strategy. In short she has accomplished what she's set out to do.
I bought the book from Amazon and hope I can sell it back.
The Ariane Kedros series is a thrilling read fully loaded with espionage, double-crossing, and lots of dark secrets. The protagonist, Major Ariane Kedros, is a well developed character that exudes both admirable and flawed characteristics as she confronts her internal demons. Without giving anything away, the series winds its way around many political and social turmoils such as corruption, racial intolerance, and territorial conflicts while confronting intriguing ethical dilemmas such as war crime retribution and redemption. Reeve explores these many societal challenges that can be found in civilizations past, present, and future.
I thoroughly enjoyed the world in which Reeve has created full of fascinating cultures both alien and human alike!
These are just my quick attempts to provide my thumbs up for this book for anyone who loves Military Science fiction. For full story summary, see editorial review.
At the same time it is discovered that a Terran temporal bomb has disappeared, propably stolen.
Also set on G-145 are a cult of isolationists. Their hero Quesan Douchet once destroyed a Minoan ship. The Minoans hunted him down and killed him and made all his relatives barren. Now the isolationists are back for revenge and the fulfillment of his prophesy. They have infiltrated sleepers all over the system when their leader Abrams Hadrian Rouxe take over the generation ship in charge of the temporal buoy.
Another excellent book by Laura E Reeve. Musa 3 might not have as much personality as David Weber's Dahak but she is getting there
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This follows on from the earlier book, and like in that one there's a lot of exposition in the first hundred pages, so you may be better off if you read it first. Even though this one does try to fill in all the information required there's still so much going on that a background to this world via that first novel will come in handy.
Plot wise ariane is caught up in the middle of things when a group of fantatics steal a very powerful weapon, with a mission of destruction in mind. One you get into the middle of that this does become a fair bit of a page turner. There are quite a few supporting characters so the action does flash back and forth between them, but all the action is very believable. Nobody solves anything with amazing powers or skills, they have to deal with the situations at hand using what abilities they have. And that's enough to keep you turning the pages wondering what will happen next.
It's not great literature and the prose could probably be sharper but if you like this kind of science fiction it's a decent read