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When the children return (Children of the Eye Book 2) Kindle Edition
★★★★★ "The first book was amazing, this one is incredible!" Jessica Belmont
★★★★★ "Fast-moving, epic, realistic characters and stellar writing!" Felicia Denise
★★★★★ "This series is delivered with such style, transporting us into a world so credible we feel we are physically accompanying the characters. Simply excellent!" Grady Harp
A decade ago, ten-year-old Sally watched helplessly as the brutal Axleth invaded Earth. She and a few hundred others escaped aboard the spaceship Athena, piloted by the secretive Artificial Intelligence who calls himself Ares. Now, as they approach Earth, she leads her fearless band of refugees determined to take back their home at any cost.
But much has changed on Earth. Finding allies willing to rise up against the Axleth stranglehold will be difficult. And as they near the Solar System, the Athena is tracked and attacked by an enemy ship. Something has followed them from the depths of space.
As war erupts on Earth, Sally’s small army must show more courage than they knew they possessed, and Sally herself must come to terms with what it truly means to be a battle commander, and decide exactly how much she is willing to sacrifice to win back her planet.
★★★★★ "When the Children Return is the thrilling sequel that takes the series in epic new directions..." Tom Witcomb
★★★★★ "Filled with action and incredible and unexpected moments that blew my mind!" Susel Dezzani
★★★★★ "I really liked the deeper themes at play – the idea of AIs and where their power might take them; what is worth fighting for; the idea of augmetics and whether they should be pursued, if maxims should be followed i.e. whether you should make a friend of your enemy, and what that might cost you in terms of conscience. I was never less than entertained! And the emotional heft - my word, this is good! I felt SO many emotions..." Amanda Rutter
★★★★★ "Kirwan’s richly-described settings incorporate aspects of astronomy, engineering, biology, quantum physics — you name it. But it’s the author's insight into plain old human nature that brings reality to his writing. It was easy to identify with his characters, even though like most of us, I’ve yet to travel beyond our small blue planet." MEG
★★★★★ "The descriptions of the ship Athena and sub in the opening chapter are just enough to set your imagination off into overdrive!" APK
★★★★★ "There are definitely several reading levels in this book and Barry Kirwan reinforces his status as a central player in the field of science fiction. His evocative descriptions help visualize the Athena and the Axleth Citadel, he instils humour in his characters and intricately weaves suspense throughout the novel in such a way that by the time you close the cover, you will crave for the next instalment of the Children of the Eye series." Thiebaux
From the Publisher
Ten years have passed. What really awaits Earth's refugees?
The'Children of the Eye series
The Children of the Eye series explores an old idea from a very different angle, and keeps the tension up close and personal as everything is seen from a few characters' viewpoints. No superheroes here, just normal people, some of whom are damaged goods, who can fail or rise to the challenge when needed. The series also explores our potential relationships - positive and negative - with future artificial intelligences, via the enigmatic AI known as Ares.
Sally returns with a small army, facing terrible odds.
But something has followed them from deep in space...
When the children return finds Sally grown into a young woman, leading a highly trained but inexperienced army back to Earth to retake it from the Axleth. But even before they arrive, disaster strikes. And what of Earth - will those left behind welcome her return? As the battle to take the Axleth Citadel begins, Ares, their AI saviour, starts to behave erratically, and Sally must unravel the truth about The Eye before it is too late...
- ASIN : B099GSNK9H
- Publication date : November 26, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 4535 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 359 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #74,440 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A now-adult Sally leads the battle-ready group as the Athena returns to Earth to face the Axleth and reclaim their planet.
It will be easier said than done.
Even with the artificial intelligence Ares and his knowledge way beyond humanity’s imaginings, the fight will be daunting, perhaps even hopeless. Has Ares shared everything he knows with the humans? What does he know about the mysterious ship that attacked the Athena and is following them to Earth?
Doesn’t look as though the enemy of my enemy is my friend, but it will take battle, betrayal, and loss before the true enemy is identified.
Nathan, our hero from book one is back, still not feeling like a hero. Haunted by his service in Afghanistan, even the small victory of saving some of Earth’s children doesn’t change him. Things get even worse for him when Lara goes missing and is presumed dead. But never count him out. The survivors can make this planned assault on their home planet because he got them out the first time and he’ll rise to the occasion when needed.
Like Sally, many of the children who escaped are now adults, some with children of their own. But some have chosen to be augmented by Ares to assist with piloting the Athena, and now exist as something more than human.
However, like in book one, it is man’s humanity that to me is the dominant theme of When the Children Return. Our differences separate us. Our differences lead us to shun, hate, and violence. But Barry Kirwan’s science fiction adventure proves when we have a common enemy and goal, those differences are meaningless and fade away. (So why do we allow them to do so much damage at all?)
This fast-moving epic has several moments of ennui and regret, and sadness, but realistic characters and stellar writing not only lead to smooth transitions but also made this a one-sitting read for me.
Bittersweet, yet hopeful, the ending is open enough for book three, and I’m here for it!
To begin with, this author writes skilfully with vivid imagery and creating details that lead readers on a fantastic visual journey. The world building in this saga is amazing. He perfectly weaved action, suspense and fantasy in a really engaging plot.
Moreover, the fast and steady pace of the story makes it perfect for any science fiction fan. It is a plot that is just laced with intrigue and suspense. And the information and reveals trickle in at a maddening pace that kept me biting my nails throughout the course of the novel.
All in all, I enjoyed this second book very much and I will definitely recommend reading the whole series
The aliens had used a particularly brutal method to win, and the survivors are deeply scarred. Kirwan’s characters are complex and interesting, shaped by their individual experiences. He deeply explores the psychological effects the trauma and loss has on people. The writing style is descriptive and easy to follow. The action is intense. This is well worth the time to read.
Top reviews from other countries
The first book pulls along to a point that its clear our time on our own planet was up. The second book pulls us back from that edge and raises the old question, is the enemy of my enemy truly my friend ?
Fantastic familiar characters, new ones to get behind and a fast paced adventure through space and time and we are reading classic Kirwan.
Started reading it and only stopped because I was in trouble for reading all the time ! Worth getting in trouble for :-D
Loved it !
Now... where is the final book :)
For Lara, Sally and the crew of exiles on the Athena, the stakes are slightly higher: the question is whether to trust Ares, an Artificial Intelligence “way beyond humanity’s imaginings”, who seems to be their only chance to survive, go back to Earth, and retrieve their planet from the murderous Axleth.
Up to now, he’s been extraordinarily efficient, but how will he react in front of the completely new situations they are bound to encounter? Young Sally sees him as “a kindred spirit”, and trusts they have a common purpose. Lara, more experienced, finds out that he’s hiding things from them, and she suspects his intentions. She wonders if he’s using them for his own purposes. He might help them to regain the earth, but what is his final goal?
By the way: if Ares, with “his imperturbable, eyeless face”, is not human, and certainly not animal, how come the other characters use HE or HIS to refer to this Artificial Intelligence?